Surveillance of wildlife health
Health and welfare of wild and feral animals are important factors in population dynamics of wildlife and environmental management in the Netherlands. Many species of wild animals are present in both urban and rural areas. A better understanding and improved monitoring or surveillance of wildlife health is important for several reasons, including:
- Early recognition of emerging diseases
- Possible transmission of disease between humans and wildlife
- Possible of transmission of disease between domestic animals and wildlife
- Role of disease as indicator of environmental change
- Threats to wild animal welfare
- Threat of decline or extinction of wildlife species
We perform post-mortem examination in cases of unusual morbidity/mortality in wildlife, and initiate further investigation if necessary. Further, we advise on the set-up, coordination and data analysis of surveillance for infection or other disease in wildlife. For both these tasks, we set-up and run related research projects.
Located in Utrecht
The DWHC is located at the Department of Pathobiology of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht. We receive financial support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, and the Faculty. Representatives from Dutch institutions concerned with human or animal health and wildlife in the broadest sense form the DWHC scientific advice commission.
More information is available on the DWHC website (in Dutch).