Protecting the health of Britain’s rarest wildlife: veterinary contributions in conservation

Natural History Live by Dr Tammy Shadbolt

Conservation translocations such as reintroductions are increasingly carried out in an effort to help protect threatened species. The health of animals before, during and after release is of paramount importance in order to avoid disease outbreaks in free-living wildlife. Using an abundance of case examples, Dr Tammy Shadbolt discusses the role of disease risk analysis, disease risk management and post-release health surveillance in helping to conserve healthy wild populations of some of Britain’s rarest native species.

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Tutor: Dr Tammy Shadbolt

Dr Tammy Shadbolt is a wildlife vet working in the disease risk analysis and health surveillance team at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London. Tammy holds a BSc Hons in veterinary conservation medicine, BVM&S in veterinary medicine and surgery, an MSc and a PhD in wild animal health and PGCert in veterinary education. Tammy worked for many years in private and charity veterinary practice in the UK and internationally before directing her career towards fieldwork, teaching and research in wildlife conservation.


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The usual format of Natural History Live virtual events is:

  • 5 minute intro by the FSC Biodiversity project team
  • 30-40 minute talk presented by guest speaker
  • 15-25 minute speaker Q&A session hosted by a FSC staff member

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  • Expert Tuition

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