The first webinar in the VetCT series with Wildlife Vets International (WVI)’s executive director, Olivia Walter, will explain the causes behind a catastrophic decline of Asia’s vultures and the resultant shock to the ecosystem and impact on human health.
Numbers of some species plummeted by between 97 and 99 percent, from tens of millions to just a few thousand birds in a matter of years.
This population collapse has affected the ecosystem, leading, for example, to a rise in rabies and dog attacks on humans.
Olivia will describe how extraordinary international conservation efforts are helping reverse the fate of these birds.
The talk at 2pm to 3pm on Tuesday 25 April via Zoom includes a live Q&A and comes during WVI’s #Vets4Vultures Campaign. Register via online to join live or receive the recording.
Attendees are invited to join for free and give a voluntary donation if they would like to. All donations received via the campaign platform page between 12pm on Thursday 20 April and 12pm on Thursday 27 April will be matched via the Big Give Green Match Fund.
Olivia says: “I have recently returned from India and Nepal to explore ways in which WVI hopes to partner with relevant initiatives striving to restore vulture numbers.
“We all need to champion these misunderstood birds.
“It would be wonderful to raise awareness among the wider veterinary community, while raising important funds to enable us to provide input and support to this and other conservation projects.”
VetCT, which provides teleradiology and teleconsulting specialist support to veterinary teams, is partnering with WVI to support their vital work by helping to raise funds and awareness and providing free services to their veterinary teams.
VetCT head of communications, Liz Barton, says: “Our global team has been completing a virtual ‘round the world’ exercise challenge, travelling between WVI projects in 15 countries, from the reintroduction of Choughs in Kent to health surveys on tigers in Sumatra.
“As we near the anniversary of our partnership, we’re delighted to be hosting these webinars with WVI to learn about the veterinary work from the teams working on these conservation projects.
“Last year, we raised over £7,000 for WVI through various fundraising activities and we hope to continue this throughout 2023.”
Future webinars planned in the series include diseases of Echo Parakeets in Mauritius and canine distemper in domestic and painted wild dogs in Africa.
Further details of this and future webinars can be found on the VetCT website and via its social media channels.
For anyone registering but unable to attend live, a recording will be available and will also be available on the website.