UCalgary researchers host workshop for northern Indigenous hunters – UCalgary

by ahnationtalk on February 10, 2020166 Views

North and south learn from each other about Arctic wildlife health

For many years, researchers from the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) have travelled to northern communities to work with locals to respond to concerns about wildlife health. Through collaborative community-based wildlife health surveillance programs, Inuit and First Nations hunters collect samples of animals for the researchers to examine for parasites and disease, and report any abnormalities they may encounter in animals they harvest. Some of those hunters came to Calgary for three days to learn more about wildlife monitoring techniques and disease investigation in the lab.

Five hunters from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Ulukhaktok, N.W.T., and Wabasca in northern Alberta visited UCVM for a series of workshops. They heard from a number of experts including UCVM pathologist Dr. Dayna Goldsmith, DVM, and Knut Madslien, a visiting scientist from Norway who studies moose health. The workshop was organized by Dr. Fabien Mavrot, DVM, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Susan Kutz, PhD,’s lab at UCVM supported by a grant from the Shikar Foundation.

Read More: https://news.ucalgary.ca/news/ucalgary-researchers-host-workshop-northern-indigenous-hunters

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