Wildlife and disease
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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.

 

News

A first in the Netherlands – sea eagle in the CT-scanner

The carcase of a sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) found on the 20th March on the Reigerweg near the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve was investigated the following day by the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (DWHC) and Wageningen Environmental Research at the veterinary faculty in Utrecht. As a top predator the sea
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Fungal respiratory infection cause of death in Mute swan

In January 2018 a severe respiratory infection was diagnosed in a mute swan (Cygnus olor) that had been found dead in Harderwijk. The carcase of the juvenile male swan was submitted to the DWHC by the animal ambulance of Ermelo-Harderwijk for investigation into the cause of death. Post-mortem investigation showed
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Results focus species 2017: Weasel and stoat

Little is known about the distribution, health status and causes of death in small mustelids in the Netherlands and for this reason weasels (Mustela nivalis) and stoats (Mustela erminea)  were made the DWHC focus species of 2017. In addition, the incidence of the roundworm Skrjabingylus nasicola  in the nasal
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On-going Projects

The roe deer: DWHC focus species 2018

The Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (DWHC) has selected the roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) as the focus species for 2018. This means that the DWHC hopes to perform post-mortem investigations on more of these animals in order to shed light on the most common diseases in this species.
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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

13th EWDA Conference

The conference is organized together with the EWDA Wildlife Health Surveillance Network meeting (August 26th) and the annual meeting of ECZM (August 26th and August 27th 2018).
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12th International Symposium on Wild Boar and Other Suids

Effective and environmentally sensitive management of wild boar is crucial for conservation biologists, wildlife managers, hunters, policy makers and the general public all around the globe. A worldwide interest in ecology, management and population control of wild boar and other suids is continuing to grow
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