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VME 6616 – Critical Thinking and Environmental Monitoring of Veterinary Agents

  • VME 6616 CREDITS: 3

    Drawing from the ‘Asian Vulture Crisis’, this course introduces the notion that veterinary agents, as administered to livestock animals/horses, exotic animals, companion animals and sometimes to people, may pose considerable repercussions to wildlife and the environment. Students will review the necessary features of a healthy, balanced ecosystem and learn to recognize the species that are most susceptible to exposure in conjunction with key toxicological concepts and terminologies and in relation to the different categories of veterinary agents. The various monitoring techniques used to determine their presence in the terrestrial and aquatic environment will also be discussed.

    Topics:

    Module

    Topic

    Module 1

    How did we discover that veterinary drugs could harm wildlife, and why do we care?

    Module 2

    What makes a healthy ecosystem?

    Module 3

    Essential ecotoxicology

    Module 4

    An overview of veterinary agents

    Module 5

    Tricky semantics

    Module 6

    Introduction to the registration of veterinary products

    Module 7

    What does the label say?

    Module 8

    Environmental monitoring Part 1 – Tools and strategies used to monitor veterinary agents in animals wildlife sentinel species and companion animals

    Module 9

    Environmental monitoring Part 2 – Tools and strategies used to monitor veterinary agents in the terrestrial and aquatic environment

    Module 10

    Ethical considerations, logistical constraints and practical considerations in monitoring and safety testing

    Module 11

    Introduction to environmental and wildlife regulations

    Module 12

    Introduction to the risk assessment process

    Module 13

    Where do we go from here – what we learned from the Asian Vulture Crisis

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