About IWAH

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and The University of Edinburgh 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, translocation techniques, 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.


Three weeks, 20-credit, course running from Saturday 3rd February to Thursday 22nd February 2018.


Written assignment, Field skill evaluation.

A small number of spaces have now opened up for February 2018 please use the forms at the bottom of the page to register interest


You must be a qualified vet in order to attend this field course.

MVetSci Conservation
Medicine Students


This course may be taken as elective course within the Conservation Medicine MVetSci.
The next deadline for applications is 31st August 2018.

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. Priority for the Interventions Course in Wild Animal Health will be given to South Asian students.


Course fee* for CPD students a total of

£ 2,999

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

Field Site

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

Prof. Anna Meredith

Professor of Zoological and Conservation Medicine

University of Edinburgh

Dr. Neil Anderson

Lecturer and Programme Coordinator

University of Edinburgh

Prof. Pradeep Malik


Wildlife Institute of India

Prof. Parag Nigam


Wildlife Institute of India

Dr. Tony Sainsbury

Senior Lecturer, Institute of Zoology

Zoological Society of London

Dr. Rajan Amin

Senior Fellow, Conservation Programmes

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

Zoological Society of London


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 use this form.

General enquiries:

If you have any questions or would like some more information on the course please use this form.