Wildlife University

Wildlife University is a comprehensive short-course for students and professionals on the medical management of North American wildlife species. The curriculum is a two-day program. Topics covered include physical examinations, bandaging techniques, anesthesia & analgesia, and career opportunities.

The 2021 Wildlife University will be held virtually.

Schedule


Times listed in central time zone.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

  • 9:30 a.m. – Welcome
  • 10:00 a.m. – Legality in Wildlife Handling
    Julia Whittington, DVM
  • 11:00 a.m. One Health and Wildlife
    Will Sander, DVM, MPH, DACVPM
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch Break
  • 1:00 p.m. Clinical Pathology of Wildlife Cytology
    Amy Schnelle, DVM, MS, DACVP
  • 2:00 p.m. Avian and Reptile Anesthesia
    Danielle Strahl-Heldreth, MSEd, DVM, MSVMS, DACVAA
  • 3:00 p.m. Avian Orthopedics
    David Scott, DVM
  • 4:00 p.m. Freshwater Fish Wildlife Medicine and Management
    Gregory Lewbart, MS, VMD, DACZM, DECZM (Zoo Health Management)
  • 5:00 p.m. – Trivia Night (Virtual)

Sunday, September 26, 2021

  • 8:00 a.m. Wet lab (In-person, available to University of Illinois Students – REACHED MAXIMUM CAPACITY)
  • 10:00 a.m. Common Reptile Diseases and Treatments
    Matt Allender, DVM, MS, PhD, DACZM
  • 11:00 a.m. Toxins of Concern in Zoological Medicine
    Samantha Sander, DVM, DACZM, CWR
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch Break
  • 1:00 p.m. Sarasota Dolphin Research Project
    Jennifer Langan, DVM, DACZM
  • 2:00 p.m. Zoological Pathology in Research and Conservation
    Martha Delaney, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVP
  • 3:00 p.m. Career Panel

SPEAKERS

Matthew Allender, DVM, PhD, MS, DACZM

 

Martha Delaney, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVP

Dr. Martha Delaney

 

Jennifer Langan, DVM, DACZM

Dr. Jennifer Langan

 

Gregory Lewbart, MS, VMD, DACZM, DECZM (Zoo Health Management)

Dr. Greg Lewbart

 

Sam Sander, DVM, DACZM

Sam Sander is a 2010 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her residency at Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park in 2015 and became a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine the following year. She currently works at the University of Illinois as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Zoological Medicine and Director for the Wildlife Medical Clinic. In addition, Dr. Sander serves as Vice-Chair for the AAZV Scientific Program Committee, Chair of the AAZV Student Programs & Services Committee, and a veterinary advisor for the African Penguin SSP and Penguin TAG.

 

 

 

Will Sander, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Dr. Sander is assistant professor for preventive medicine and public health and director of the DVM/MPH joint degree program at University of Illinois – College of Veterinary Medicine. Part of his appointment is supporting the Wildlife Medical Clinic one day a week. Prior to Illinois, he spent 6 years in Washington D.C. During that time, he spent 2 years at the U.S. EPA Office of Water as an AAAS Science and Technology Fellow and 3 years supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program with Booz Allen Hamilton. Additionally, he was a staff veterinarian for 5 years at City Wildlife, Washington D.C.’s only wildlife rehabilitation center. Dr. Sander received his B.A. from Colby College, his DVM from University of Wisconsin, and his MPH from Yale University. He’s a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and chairs their Membership and Outreach Committee. Additionally, he is on AVMA’s Council on Public Health. He’s previously spent time and/or worked at wildlife rehabilitation centers in Boston, North Carolina, Madison, and Seattle.


Amy Schnelle, DVM, MS, DACVP

Amy Schnelle is a 2008 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Following a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship and a clinical pathology residency, she became a board-certified clinical pathologist through the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2012. Dr. Schnelle spent several years in commercial diagnostic medicine before returning to U of I in 2017 as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Clinical Pathology. Her research interests primarily encompass topics that raise practical challenges for practitioners. A major area of interest is expansion of the scope and quality of clinical pathology of exotic species, particularly herptile species, with goals of improving care for companion animals and contributing to effective conservation of wild and zoo species.

 

Dave Scott, DVM

Dr. Dave Scott


Danielle Strahl-Heldreth, DVM, MS

Dr. Danielle Strahl-Heldreth is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Pain Management at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a 2014 graduate of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, after which she went on to complete a specialty internship in Anesthesia at Illinois and a small animal rotating internship in a private practice in Indianapolis. Dr. Strahl-Heldreth, completed a Residency in Anesthesia and Pain Management at the University of Illinois in 2019 along with a master’s degree in Veterinary Medical Sciences, with a focus in Clinical Anesthesia. She is an active outdoorswoman and conservationist who has a particular interest in remote immobilization strategies for free-ranging and semi-free-ranging species. She hopes to continue to contribute to the development and implementation of safe and effective anesthetic and analgesic protocols for all species both wild and domestic.

 

Julia Whittington, DVM

Julia K. Whittington received her Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution in 1993 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 from the University of Illinois.  She is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Whittington served as the Director of the Wildlife Medical Clinic before assuming the role of Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2018. Her interests include captive care of free-living wildlife and improving the health of all species.

Registration Rates

The early registration deadline is Friday, September 17. Registrations after this date will be charged the full registration fee. Registration will close on Saturday, September 25 at 9:00 a.m. (central time). Early registration is recommended.

University of Illinois Students

  • $35 on or before September 17
  • $45 after September 17
  • $20 Wetlab (In-person, available to University of Illinois Students – REACHED MAXIMUM CAPACITY)

Non-University of Illinois Students

  • $45 on or before September 17
  • $55 after September 17

Professionals

  • $50 on or before September 17
  • $60 after September 17

 

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Continuing Education

Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians who attend will be able to earn up to 10 continuing education hours for this event. If interested in receiving CE, please indicate your interest during registration.

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation should be sent to ope@vetmed.illinois.edu by September 17. A $10 cancellation fee will apply for cancellations that include a ticket to the wetlab. Registrations are transferable. After the cancellation deadline, refunds will not be made. We reserve the right to cancel sessions and to change speakers if necessary. In the event of cancellation, all registrants will receive a full refund. The University is not responsible for expenses in the event of a cancellation or date change.

Sponsors


Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association

Questions, email the Office of Public Engagement at ope@vetmed.illinois.edu or call 217-333-2907.