Disease transmission is always a concern at any animal care facility. Bringing wildlife into the domestic animal population presents new challenges and risks, and increased attention to sanitation protocols is essential. Understanding infectious viral diseases including parvo, distemper, rabies, leptospirosis, and pesticide poisoning, allows animal care staff to take appropriate, timely action when wildlife enter the facility to prevent the spread of infectious and zoonotic diseases. Infectious and zoonotic diseases are a leading cause of death in wild animals, second only to human action (hunting, hit by car, etc). As we continue to expand our footprint on the landscape with new construction, the number of wild animals brought to shelters is increasing. In most cases, these animals are displaced or orphaned; however, exposure to infectious viral, fungal and bacterial diseases and parasites also contributes to this influx. Zoonotic diseases also pose a risk to the public at large, as well as to animal care professionals. The purpose of this course is to acquaint participants with the most common infectious and zoonotic diseases encountered in animal care facilities, including modes of transmission, symptoms, and likely outcomes, and to discuss strategies for management and prevention. This course is available both in-person and online. Registration is required at www.bwmidcities-batworld.org/course-schedule or by contacting the instructor at bwmidcities@batworld.org. Virtual attendance is assured through active participation in discussions.

  • Date: 7/22/2023 01:00 PM - 7/22/2023 03:00 PM
  • Location Online Event

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