Back to the Basics: Sample Collection and Shipping for Wildlife Disease Diagnostics

ROOM: Galt House, Willis

Advance Registration Required

Infectious and non-infectious disease monitoring of wildlife is more important to successful wildlife management than ever before. Proper sample collection and shipping is an integral part of wildlife disease diagnostics and implementation of mitigation protocols. This workshop will provide participants/students with tangible disease investigation skills, directly employable in the field. Every effort will be made to provide workshop participants with appropriate foundation of knowledge, skills, and understanding that are 1) clear, 2) retainable (easy to understand), and 3) relevant to current or aspiring wildlife biologists. The goal of this proposed workshop is to instill participants with the knowledge base and confidence to effectively and professionally respond to a variety of wildlife disease investigation events. To achieve this goal we will educate participants on a variety of wildlife diseases encountered in routine settings, and those of particular significance to wildlife, human, and/or livestock health. Furthermore, we will educate participants on proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and the value of practicing ?clean? techniques to obtain samples in the field. The workshop will consist of hands-on activities to simulate sample collection, storage, shipping, and diagnostic testing options for various types of samples including fresh, frozen, and/ or formalin-fixed specimens. In addition, we will discuss how to interpret diagnostic results and use that information to proceed with further diagnostic testing and/or communicate with stakeholders on the significance and implications of the results.
Organizers: Richard Gerhold, University of TennesseeJohn Bryan, Zachery Consulting Mark Ruder, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study
Supported by: Wildlife Disease Working Group

Location: Galt House Date: October 1, 2020 Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • We are closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 and its potential impacts on our conference. We are preparing for all possible scenarios, but at this time we plan to proceed with the conference as scheduled.