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|Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study|
The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) is a cooperative group established in 1957 as the first regional laboratory dedicated to the diagnosis and research of diseases affecting free-ranging wildlife species. The group exists as a wildlife cooperative that receives funding from a number of state and federal wildlife agencies. Students should understand that our focus is on the population health of wildlife species, not the veterinary care of individual animals. Mammalian and avian diseases garner the greatest portion of our effort, but amphibians and reptiles are also submitted. Specific activities currently in progress or recently completed at SCWDS include investigations of the epidemiology of tick-borne pathogens; the pathogenesis and routes of transmission of certain pathogens of white-tailed deer including the viruses that cause hemorrhagic disease; the epidemiology of avian influenza virus, and numerous other activities. For a more complete assessment of SCWDS activities, students should visit our website at www.uga.edu/scwds/. SCWDS externs are exposed to varied experiences depending upon the projects being conducted during their stay in Athens. During periods of intensive field investigations students may spend a significant portion of their time in the field, but field work is variable and not guaranteed. At other times, diagnostic accessions and laboratory work may be the focus of the student's experience. In addition to hands on experience in the laboratory or field, students will be assigned a writing assignment and oral presentation on a wildlife health topic. Interested students are encouraged to visit the SCWDS website for additional information about the extern program as well as application materials that include a copy of their cv, a cover letter indicating why the student would like to spend time at SCWDS, and a letter from the Dean's office of their veterinary school indicating that the SCWDS externship will count for credit.
John Bryan, BA, DVM, MS