In all the countries where the WCS Health Programs work, we have a strong focus on building the capacity of local people in the wildlife health arena. This is essential to ensure long-term sustainability of our efforts to enhance conservation, animal, human and ecosystem health. Our teams conduct in-service training for government counterparts from wildlife, forestry, environment, animal health and human health departments, fostering a One Health approach. We encourage internships by local veterinary, forestry and biology students with our country WCS Health Programs, teaching them about the work we do in the field, in the laboratory, in clinical medicine and pathology and in policy efforts.
If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to your local country WCS program with regards to their wildlife health projects.
We also are sometimes able to accommodate other international internships. Here's a blog from a University of California Berkeley, Center for Global Public Health Research Fellow who recently conducted her internship with the WCS Vietnam health program team working on the Emerging Pandemics Threat Program initiated by USAID through a project called PREDICT-2:
Vietnam, the Wildlife Trade, and One Health
Thumbnail and banner photo credits: Endangered Primate Rescue, Center, Vietnam