The European Wildlife Disease Association (EWDA) is the European branch of the Wildlife Disease Association (WDA). In addition to the EWDA, the WDA has other branches spread all over the world. There is the WDA Autralasia, WDA African Middle East, WDA Latin America and many others. Each section has its own Student Chapter and each association selects the country representatives for its countries.
The WDA focuses on endangered species, conservation medicine, rehabilitation, zoos, public health, ecology, and epidemiology of wild diseases.
Two Archaeopteryx board members have been Dutch country representatives of the EWDA since 1 January 2020. Country representatives, together with the EWDA network, ensure that knowledge about health and diseases in wildlife is disseminated. This means that lectures, workshops and many other events are organised. This fits within the goals of Archaeopteryx. At the end of November 2019, the first reading in collaboration with the EWDA was already a fact. Together with our contact person at the veterinary faculty, we organized a lecture about bacteria in the airways of whales.
Would you like to know more about the (E)WDA? Check out their website or watch the video below!