About IWAH

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), The Wildlife Institute of India (WII), The Royal Veterinary College, The University of Edinburgh (UoE) and The University of Melbourne (UoM), have been motivated to run this course in recognition of the need to conserve globally important biodiversity in South Asia and other biodiverse areas, which are also a hotspot for wildlife diseases and conflict. These wildlife diseases are relatively unstudied and unchecked, therefore is an important need for greater expertise in, and greater numbers of, wildlife health professionals to tackle them. Such wildlife health professionals are needed to undertake interventions in the health, welfare and conservation of wild animals, to investigate emerging infectious diseases and to ensure human well-being.



Wild Animal population monitoring

Wildlife Health and Field Disease Investigation

Wildlife Crime and Forensic Investigation

Wild Animal Restraint and Anaesthesia

Participants will carry out a variety of practical and theoretical work, where they are given as many chances as possible to have a hands-on learning experience.
Tuition will be carried out in the field to develop skills in human-livestock wildlife conflict management, disease outbreak investigation, forensic investigation and monitoring of the health of declining species. It will include techniques for field monitoring of wildlife (using a range of techniques including animal tracks and signs, dung/pellet identification and quantification, census techniques, camera trapping, and radio telemetry), biological management, visual health monitoring of free-living animals, best practice in wild animal anaesthesia techniques, demonstration and hands-on practice, clinical examination in the field, sampling techniques for infectious disease screening, pathological examination in the field, and disease surveillance scenarios.


Two and a half weeks, 20-credit, course running in January/February each year.

IWAH 2020 dates confirmed as January 27th – February 13th 2020


Written assignment, Field skill evaluation.

All spaces for our 2020 course are now full. Register your interest for the 2021 course using the contact forms at the bottom of the page.


Candidates ideally have a recognised veterinary qualification to attend this course.  Veterinary students in their clinical years of study may be considered if spaces become available.

MVetSci Conservation
Medicine Students


This course may be taken as an elective course within the Conservation Medicine MVetSci.

Continuing Professional
Development (CPD) Students


A number of places are also available for veterinarians who are not enrolled in the Conservation Medicine programme and wish to apply as CPD candidates.


Course fee* for CPD students a total of


*  The course fee will cover your accommodation and food for the course duration, within country travel and Park fees.
Students are responsible for travel to and from the host country and for any associated travel costs such as visas.

Course Location 2020 – India, Sariska Tiger Reserve

The bulk of field exercises and teaching will occur in Sariska Tiger Reserve, an area 866km2 in size, located in Rajasthan. The Park was declared a wildlife reserve in 1955 and then a tiger reserve in 1978.
Sariska is part of India’s project tiger and in recent years carried out a tiger relocation scheme due to the decimation of tiger numbers in the park, making it an excellent base to learn about conservation management.
The Park also benefits from a range of ungulate, avian, primate and predator species which allow a wide range of field techniques and opportunities for observations to be made during the course. You will also have the opportunity to witness human-wildlife interactions first hand, due to the many villages and temples located within the park.

Course Organisers

Dr. Neil Anderson

Programme Director -Teaching on IWAH 2019

University of Edinburgh

Prof. Pradeep Malik

Professor - Teaching on IWAH 2019

Wildlife Institute of India

Prof. Parag Nigam

Professor - Teaching on IWAH 2019

Wildlife Institute of India

Dr. Tony Sainsbury

Senior Lecturer, Institute of Zoology - Teaching on IWAH 2019

Zoological Society of London

Dr. Rajan Amin

Senior Fellow, Conservation Programmes - Teaching on IWAH 2019

Zoological Society of London

Dr. Nic Masters

Head of Veterinary Services, The Living Collections, ZSL

Zoological Society of London

Alexandra Thomas

Wildlife Health Bridge Co-ordinator - Co-ordinating IWAH 2019

Zoological Society of London

Dr. Amanda Guthrie

Senior Veterinary Officer - Teaching on IWAH 2019

Zoological Society of London

Prof. Anna Meredith

Head of Melbourne Veterinary School

University of Melbourne

Prof. Richard Kock

Lecturer in Wildlife Health and Emerging Disease

Royal Veterinary College

Dr. Stuart Patterson

Lecturer in Wild Animal Health

Royal Veterinary College


22nd February 2017 in 2017

22nd February 2017 (By Nidhi Rajput)

Now, we are moving towards the end of field training. The last two days are fixed for the assessments. However before all that, in the morning at around 6.15, we…
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14th February 2017 in 2017

14th February 2017 (by Ravikant Kobragade)

The morning session was conducted and delivered a lecture on “Disease Outbreak Investigation in free living wild animals “by Dr Tony Sainsbury. The lecture was very informative and thought provoking…
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12th February 2017 in 2017

12th February 2017 (by Sarvesh Kumar Rai)

On 12 Feb we wake up at early morning, after doing our morning chores we left for Jaipur Rajasthan at around 9.30 am. After 3 hours journey, we reached Amer…
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Contact for applications:

If you are eligible for the course and wish to apply for a space please contact us at [email protected]

General enquiries:

If you have any questions or would like some more information on the course please contact us at [email protected]