Interdisciplinary Approaches to Managing Health of Fish and Wildlife

  • Start Date: May 01, 2018
  • End Date: May 02, 2018
  • City: Kimberley BC
  • Venue: Kimberley Conference Centre
  • Now accepting abstracts!


Event Description

The expanding footprint of humans increasingly alters the complex dynamics of wildlife health and disease, which can threaten wildlife populations. An unprecedented rate of emergence and re-emergence of infectious disease has been enabled via transport of organisms, environmental degradation, and by other factors that compromise ecological stability, including climate change. In Western North America, population-threatening diseases are occurring in fish and wildlife at an increasing rate, presenting significant conservation challenges.

To ensure proactive conservation of wildlife populations, there is a need for cross-discipline sharing of information on current disease issues by governments, communities, scientists, wildlife managers, the agriculture industries, public health, and stakeholders from all sides.

This upcoming conference will provide an opportunity for improved dialogue among experts: First Nations, veterinarians, academics, epidemiologists, wildlife biologists, stakeholders, managers, stewardship groups, and the public. Experiences with successful citizen science and disease-reporting tools will be shared. New research on the role of climate change and variables that help predict disease outbreaks will be of interest to species-specific disease monitoring and management efforts.


Accepted Speakers thus far (check back for updates!)

Craig Steven, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, Chief Executive Officer. From Monkeys to Salmon: Harm reduction as an approach out of stagnation in wildlife health management

Helen Schwantje, BC Wildlife Health Program – BC Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Wildlife Veterinarian. Talk title TBA

Glenna McGregor, BC Animal Health Centre – BC Ministry of Agriculture, Veterinary Pathologist. A Walk on the One Health Wild Side: how wildlife health knowledge can help with human health 

Vikram Misra,  Western College of Veterinary Medicine.  Bats: threatening or threatened? Bat health and how it may directly impact human health


We welcome presentations and posters that address these themes:

  • One Health – links between wildlife, domestic animal, and human health
  • Anthropogenic effects on fish and wildlife health
  • Climate change effects on fish and wildlife health
  • Approaches to fish and wildlife disease management
  • Role of disease in population and ecosystem health
  • Citizen Science for disease detection/management
  • Emerging technology in disease detection


Who should attend this conference?

CMI events attract people from a variety of disciplines and professions. This issue requires collaboration amongst veterinarians, fish and wildlife biologists, managers, citizen scientists and anyone interested in increasing awareness of disease, and the role of disease in fish and wildlife population dynamics.



If you would like to give a 15 minute MS PowerPoint presentation at this conference (with 5 additional minutes for Q&A), please send title, abstract (max. 300 words), a short bio which will be used to introduce you at the event, and full contact information to the Columbia Mountains Institute by January 19, 2018. Longer presentations will be considered upon request. A written summary of presentations are required for inclusion in an event proceedings document, these are due by the event date. Presentations may be recorded and posted to the CMI website with permission. Presenters will receive the membership discount on registration fees.

Posters and displays are welcome and encouraged. Time will be available on both Day 1 and Day 2 for mingling, networking, and discussion focused at poster presentations and displays. To guarantee that your poster or display can be accommodated, please send title, abstract, or description of your display, a short bio, and full contact information by January 19, 2018. Your abstract will be included in the forum proceedings. The primary author of a registered poster or display will receive the membership discount on registration fees.

Submission guidelines for presentations, posters, and summary papers appear on our website here


Event partners & sponsors

Columbia Mountains Institute is pleased to work with these organizations in hosting this event: Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, BC Animal Health Centre – BC Ministry of AgricultureBC Wildlife Health Program – BC Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and the BC Sheep Separation Program.






We give thanks to these organizations for their financial support of this event:






Wild Sheep FoundationFish and Wildlife Compensation Program


Event Sponsors and commercial exhibitors are welcomed and are encouraged to contact CMI after reviewing the information found here


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