Since 2012, VIEW has partnered with local veterinarians, technicians, students and organizations to provide the knowledge, skills and resources to help Nepal’s wildlife professionals best serve their important wildlife populations. However, it is also vital to have proper tools and equipment so that veterinarians can implement the education and training they receive. VIEW has been instrumental in the development of a diagnostic laboratory, providing medical equipment and supplies, helping to build the new wildlife health hospital and construction of special holding facilities. Wildlife Health protocols and policy recommendations have been adopted by the Nepalese government and national parks.
WHERE WE WORK
FIVE YEARS IN NEPAL
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Impacting 200 wildlife professionals in Nepal on wildlife health and wildlife capture.
2013 – One five-day and one ten-day workshop; 55 participants.
2014 – Three one-day workshops; 95 participants.
2015 – One-day workshop; zoo staff.
2016 – One three-day workshop; 35 participants.
One-on-One Trainings delivered
2012 – Training sample collection for veterinary technician
2013 – Training laboratory protocols, necropsy techniques and sample collection for Arjun Pandit and Suraj Subedi.
2014 – Training necropsy techniques and medical care of tigers for technicians, visiting veterinarian, and Suraj Subedi.
2015 – Training biosafety and necropsy techniques for three veterinarians and one veterinary student; clinical training on wildlife cases for a veterinary student, wildlife technicians, and Amir Sadaula.
2016 – Training tiger and rhino necropsy for veterinary technicians and park rangers at Kasara.
Creating facilities to support wildlife health.
2015 – Provided expert consultation and recommendations for wildlife hospital project in Sauraha.
Wildlife disease investigation lab
2012 – Began development of wildlife disease investigation laboratory (three rooms) at NTNC BCC.
2013-2017 – Continued laboratory development, financed generator and battery backup system, added new freezer and refrigerator for sample storage; developed protocols and policy recommendations; supplied post mortem field kits to park staff, darts for immobilization, reference books.
2016 – Construction of post mortem facility, installed solar panel power system, added additional batteries to laboratory.
Building systems and skills for creating new knowledge.
2013 – Initiated CITES permit process to allow diagnostic testing outside Nepal, approved 2016/2017.
2014 – Conducted canine distemper study in dogs in the CNP buffer zone.
2015 – Tuberculosis diagnosed in dead rhino in Chitwan National Park, first report ever in Asian One-horned rhino.
2015-2017 – Initiated development of wildlife health database for Nepal, currently in beta testing phase
2016 – Produced guidelines for disease surveillance priorities Species and Diseases of Concern for Nepal
2016 – Initiated serology study of tiger diseases. 11 samples analyzed at Cornell University, results under review.
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