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Your donation will help us improve the health of Great Ape populations, the communities that surround them, and the ecosystem that we share.

Docs4GreatApes is a Canadian not-for-profit corporation and registered charity.

The pressures on the natural world are immense and increasing; almost all related to human activity. Many iconic species are critically endangered, their habitat disappearing. Bold action is required if critically endangered species are to survive this century.

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Our Wildlife ConserVet Education Project will empower the next generation of African wildlife veterinarians by funding advanced training in their home countries. Access to internships and graduate degree programs in Wildlife Medicine will provide the necessary skills and knowledge to create independent wildlife clinicians and/ or policy makers – a critical component in the conservation of wildlife and wild places.

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Program Details

Purpose: To develop capacity of motivated African veterinarians interested in wildlife to become skilled field veterinarians and/or policy makers in their countries to aid with the conservation of wildlife and wild places.

Need: African countries have created National Parks in an effort to conserve biodiversity. There are many “bright light” veterinarians with an interest in working in disease surveillance and “one health” to promote this effort but they do not have the skill set to be an asset for the national parks. As people forge into biodiverse areas the transmission of zoonotic pathogens is bidirectional as humans are exposed to novel pathogens and wildlife are susceptible and naïve to many human pathogens. Disease surveillance in these parks is necessary both for the health of the wildlife and the health of humans in the surrounding communities.

Capacity Building: Building capacity can come in the form of developing skill sets of people in the area or in the physical resources such as equipment and facilities to perform the work. The main priority of this program is veterinary capacity for wildlife.

Structure: The program aims to introduce exposure to wildlife medicine in undergraduate veterinary programs; and then allow interested students to pursue a career in wildlife through externships at the undergraduate level followed by scholarships for internships or graduate programs in wildlife.