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[Biosecurity] Living a Wild Life Part 2: Wildlife, Zoonoses, Pandemics and One Health


The short course will seek to develop critical competencies in the scientific and practical understanding of biosecurity implications associated with wildlife hunting, wildlife trade and consumption and zoonotic disease transmission in public health.  These competencies will range from understanding the basic terminology, the critical nature of these human activities, the negative impacts on animal and human health and the environment and the potential interventions to mitigate against these impacts.

What will I Learn?

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the impacts of wildlife hunting, wildlife trade and wildlife consumption and their consequences.
  • Assess the public health and economic ramifications of these wildlife associated activities.
  • Analyse organizational risks and exposure to these activities.
  • Examine existing risks and red flags along with regional and global case studies.
  • Design appropriate risk mitigation strategies to safeguard lives and livelihoods.
  • Identify potential mitigation strategies to combat threats associated with wildlife hunting, wildlife consumption and wildlife trade in the Caribbean.

Who Should do this Course

  • Public Health Professionals (doctors, nurses, veterinary services, laboratory & Port Health personnel)
  • Agriculture, Wildlife & Environment Management Professionals
  • Legal Professionals
  • Economic Sector Professionals
  • Disaster & Risk Management Professionals
  • Logistics & Trade Professionals

Important Information

The goals of this short course/workshop are to:

  1. Foster participants’ understanding of the public health and animal health threats posed by wildlife hunting, wildlife trade and wildlife consumption in the Caribbean.
  2. Facilitate participants’ practical exploration of mitigation strategies to minimize the impacts of these activities in their day-to-day professional job execution.

At a Glance

  • Admissions Term: 2021/2022 Semester I
  • Date: September 2022
  • Time:
  • Duration: 5 weeks (20 hours)
  • Certificate Awarded: Professional Development Certificate of Competence
  • Capacity: 25
  • Cost: BDS$1400.00 / US$700.00

The following topics/concepts/theories/issues will be addressed:
  • Overview of Wildlife, Infectious Diseases and One Health
  • Public health, animal health and economic implications of these wildlife associated activities
  • Identifying systematic Wildlife Zoonotic Infection Risks
  • PESTHEEL & One Health Approaches to Zoonoses & Pandemics
  • Regional Mitigation Strategies against Zoonotic Transmission Risks

Participants do not need any formal undergraduate and/or postgraduate educational requirements.  However, participants should be currently operating in a relevant field including environment and wildlife management, public health, laboratory, economic, veterinary health, or as environmental officers and port health professionals. 

This course will adopt a Hybrid Flexible approach. It will be delivered through a combination of interactive lectures, online classroom discussions, and cooperative group work

Dr. Kirk Douglas is Director of the Centre for Biosecurity Studies at the University of the West Indies. He has specialised training in conducting research in Caribbean wildlife (rodents and migratory birds), virology, risk assessment, zoonotic disease transmission risk analysis and has over 100 citations from peer reviewed journal articles on biosecurity, public health, infectious diseases, viral haemorrhagic fevers and vector-borne diseases.