National competence center for wildlife diseases in Switzerland: Mandate, development and current strategies.

Ryser-Degiorgis, Marie-Pierre; Segner, Helmut (2015). National competence center for wildlife diseases in Switzerland: Mandate, development and current strategies. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 157(5), pp. 255-266. Huber 10.17236/sat00019

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The need for wildlife health surveillance has become increasingly recognized. However, comprehensive programs which cover a wide spectrum of species, pathogens and geographic areas are still lacking in most European countries and practical examples of systems in place remain scarce. This article provides an overview of the organization of wildlife health surveillance in Switzerland, with a focus on the development, current strategies and the activities of the national program carried out by the Centre for Fish and Wildlife Health (FIWI), University of Bern. This documentation may stimulate on-going discussions on the design and development of national wildlife health surveillance programs in other countries. Investigations into wildlife health in Switzerland date back to the 1950s. The FIWI acts as a national competence center for wildlife diseases on mandate of the Swiss federal authorities. The mandate includes four main activities: disease diagnostics, research, consulting and teaching. In line with this, the FIWI has made continuous efforts to strengthen a national network of field partners and implemented strategies to facilitate long-term and metastudies.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Veterinary Public Health / Herd Health Management
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Center for Fish and Wildlife Health (FIWI)

UniBE Contributor:

Ryser, Marie Pierre and Segner, Helmut

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0036-7281

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lucia Gugger-Raaflaub

Date Deposited:

20 Apr 2016 11:15

Last Modified:

03 Oct 2016 11:35

Publisher DOI:

10.17236/sat00019

PubMed ID:

26753341

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.80183

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/80183

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