Zoo and Wildlife Forensic Pathology Workshop
Postmortem workshop for wildlife veterinarians and field biologists
In current practice for wildlife disease investigation and wildlife medicine, lack of suitable diagnostic tools is the most common situation in the field. Lots of common wildlife diseases need advanced laboratory techniques and equipment to identify the pathogens and diseases; however, in the field, CBC, blood biochemistry, and microscopic examination (hematology and cytology) maybe the only available things. Much more advanced techniques like molecular biology, microbiology, and histopathology usually can only be approached by well-equipped clinical laboratories or research laboratories. Therefore, postmortem examination and sample taking play an important role in wildlife disease investigation and wildlife medicine.
Pathological examination has always been the cornerstone of disease diagnosis. The principle to postmortem examination is usually common to all species. Moreover, the fundamental ideas of sampling are similar with emphasis on standardization. Hence, in order to investigate the disease efficiently and safely, standardizing the postmortem and sampling procedures are very important for the wildlife veterinarians and field biologists. A well-practiced wildlife veterinarians and field biologists are able to approach the lesion without destroy the evidence and take proper samples for the laboratory investigations. Also, with the raising awareness of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases, good practice can protect the staff from exposing to the pathogen and causing further infection in wildlife or domestic animals.
The aim of the workshop is to provide the principle of pathological examination (postmortem examination and sampling) to ensure that the attending wildlife veterinarians and field biologists are able to maximize the value of pathological examination.
Veterinarians and biologists work in wildlife rescue centers, zoological institute, NGO, or any other facility associated with wildlife disease investigation.
Each participant gets both a paper and electronic copy of (1) summarized postmortem procedure, (2) practicing postmortem examination in small groups with teaching assistants
Currently, the pathologist at the Wildlife Reserve Singapore, since 2015. He was educated at National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan, R.O.C., and his academic credentials include Master’s degree and Bachelor science in Veterinary Medicine. He used to be the veterinary pathologist at the Graduate Institute of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, the School of Veterinary Medicine, NTU. He had completed the residency program in veterinary pathology and have several publications. His interests in the veterinary pathology of domestic animals and wildlife, comparative pathology, and forensic pathology, both including morphology, mechanism and distribution of tumor or pathogen antigens in affected organs by immunohistochemistry.
Dr. Wei-Hsiang Huang is currently a Ph.D. candidate at National Taiwan University, Taiwan. He did his residency in anatomic pathology and currently, he is a cadet intern of forensic science and forensic pathology at Institute of Forensic Medicine under Ministry of Justice, New Taipei City. He also contributed to numerous publications, such as some chapters in the first edition of Elsevier Taiwan. He has been giving talks and experienced particularly on forensic science, forensic pathology, animal cruelty investigation and etc.