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Livestock dept looks into maintaining health of wildlife

Oct 24. 2019
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By THE NATION

The director general of Department of Livestock Development, Sorawit Thanito, presided over a meeting on Thursday (October 24) to discuss the potential of looking after wildlife.

“The department will support, help and develop operations on providing healthcare for wildlife. The aim is to also promote Mahidol University’s Faculty of Veterinary Science to establish an OIE [World Organisation for Animal Health] reference centre in the future,” he said. 

He also suggested that networks of wildlife working groups in Thailand for laboratory diagnosis and epidemiologists for disease surveillance in wildlife should be established. 

“The establishment of these networks will possibly require cooperation from relevant government agencies such as the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation for strengthening the prevention of animal-related epidemics under the concept of One Health,” Sorawit added.

Also present at the meeting were Assoc Prof Dr Panthep Rattanakorn, director of United States Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Centre Dr Jonathan Sleeman and his team, as well as officials from the Faculty of Veterinary Science and livestock-related government agencies.

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