Gilardi, K. V. K. 2010. Wildlife Top 10 in 2010: hot topics, new challenges and promising solutions. Proceedings of the 2010 North American Veterinary Conference, Orlando, FL, January 2010: 1825-1827.
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Wildlife veterinary medicine is broad in scope and practice. As a discipline, it is the purview of professors and private practitioners, ranchers and regulatory veterinarians, conservationists and curators. That said, what constitutes an urgent and compelling issue for a head veterinarian at a rehabilitation clinic may greatly differ from what creates job security for a state wildlife
veterinarian; a burning question for a wildlife health researcher at a university may be of little interest to a veterinarian who owns a farmed cervid practice. More often than not, however, perspectives and interests intersect or even converge. For example, when it comes to a problem like bovine tuberculosis in wild white-tailed deer in the upper midwest, crisis truly builds community among the seemingly disparate interests of state wildlife veterinarians, rehabilitators, ranchers, and hunters. Wildlife veterinarians as a whole share a concern for critical issues, problems, and solutions. Currently, top of mind for wildlife veterinarians around the United States, regardless of their particular jobs or focuses, are the following “Top 10” list of hot topics, new challenges, and promising solutions.