Wildlife and disease
together we will put this knowledge to good use

Welcome to the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre

The purpose of the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre is to enhance knowledge and expertise in wildlife health in the Netherlands. This will serve to provide scientifically based information for political and practical decisions concerning public health, wild and domestic animal health, and nature conservation issues.

On our website you can find information about the sorts of disease found in wildlife in the Netherlands and abroad by searching in the disease or species pages.

You can report finding wildlife cadavers via the submission form on our website. For microscopic examination of these animals it is essential that the cadavers are in a fresh state i.e. not dead for more than one day; cadavers should not be frozen. It is therefore preferable to report your findings as soon as possible and to keep the cadaver in a cool (not frozen) place until it can be collected. After submitting your form you will be contacted by the DWHC who will advise you on how to package the cadaver and arrange collection of the package from your home or place of work.

More information about submitting a cadaver is available in the frequently asked questions.

DWHC ‘focus species’ 2021

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European polecat. Foto: Dick Pasman Beech marten. Foto: Ton Heekelaar Pine marten. Foto: Ton Heekelaar

 

Photo european brown hares: Margriet Montizaan

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On-going Projects

Second DWHC interim report on the investigation of hedgehogs

In the period from August to October 2019, twenty hedgehogs were sent to the DWHC, a subdivison of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University, for post-mortem examination. Seventeen hedgehogs were examined, three animals were too autolytic. Lung conditions were found in almost half of all examined
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Avian influenza virus surveillance in wild birds

Each year between 300 and 500 wild birds found dead in the wild are sampled for bird flu virus (avian influenza virus, AIV) as part of the AIV monitoring program in the Netherlands. Since 2014, Sovon, the DWHC, the NVWA (Dutch Food Safety Authority), and the Central Veterinary Institute (CVI) carry out this
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Agenda

14th EWDA Conference, a joint WDA/EWDA conference.

In the Anthropocene epoch the impact of human activities is evident even on the Earth’s geology. We, humans, have influenced almost every single ecosystem on the planet and nowadays these cannot be understood and protected without taking into consideration the unstoppable influence of humans over the millennia.
source: cuenca2020.com
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