Wildlife Conservation Medicine


Wildlife conservation operates at an epicenter where human, animal, and environmental health converge, giving it special relevance in safeguarding global health, animal welfare, and human well-being.
In the upcoming academic year, EUVG will launch a new postgraduate program in “Wildlife Conservation Medicine” that, through an integrated perspective on wildlife health, aims to provide students and professionals in the field with a specific set of skills necessary to fulfill a critical role as agents of global health, or “One-Health.”
The study program has been designed in alignment with the learning objectives of the European Colleges’ specialties (ECZM and ECAWBM) and will feature diplomate lecturers in all modules, with the goal of providing a solid introduction to the specialization in the field of conservation medicine.

Graduate Coordination


  • Recognize and discuss the interconnections between human, animal, and environmental health
  • Manage infectious diseases at the interface between animals, humans and the environment
  • Collect, analyse and interpret data to inform decision-making in at the human-animal-environment interface
  • Determine a sampling strategy for a surveillance system
  • Transform raw data into actionable knowledge and ultimately, actionable wisdom
  • Recognize the anatomical and physiological characteristics relevant to avian conservation medicine
  • Design a safe and effective plan to capture, contain and transport wild birds
  • Assess, diagnose and treat diseases in wild birds
  • Implement preventative and mitigating measures
  • Evaluate and interpret scientific evidence in the context of avian conservation medicine
  • Design a safe capture, restraint and immobilization plan for reptiles
  • Perform examinations, and establish a diagnosis and treatment plan for reptile diseases
  • Perform a necropsy and recognize pathological lesions in reptiles
  • Design a safe capture, restraint and immobilization plan for amphibians
  • Address health issues in amphibian conservation
  • Establish priorities and make clinical decisions in marine wildlife conservation
  • Incorporate knowledge in animal welfare and behavior into marine wildlife medicine
  • Recognize ecologically relevant diseases of fish, marine birds and marine turtles
  • Perform necropsies and clinical and diagnostic procedures in marine animals
  • Plan ahead for special challenges of marine mammal patients
  • Recognize and manage priorities in mammal conservation medicine
  • Design safe and effective capture and restraint plans for wild mammals
  • Assess, diagnose and treat relevant diseases in wild mammals
  • Design quarantine protocols and preventative plans
  • Integrate community engagement into conservation medicine

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Tom Hellebuyck

Tom Hellebuyck

Head of Division for Exotic Companion Animals and Wildlife at Ghent University. DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECZM (Herpetology)
Dr. Tom Hellebuyck graduated as a veterinarian from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Ghent University (Belgium) in 2006. Following his PhD that focused on Devriesea agamarum infections in lizards, he continued to perform research on the health problems of a variety of reptiles, amphibians, and birds. He became head of the clinic at the Division for Exotic Companion Animals and Wildlife at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Ghent University. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Herp) and is actively involved in several ECZM committees. He has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. In addition, he acts as an advisor to national authorities with regard to reptile medicine and welfare. He is the current representative member of the country in the ARAV International Committee.
Gonçalo Rosa

Gonçalo Rosa

Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, UK. IMIB-CSIC Instituto Mixto de Investigación en Biodiversidad. IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group.
Gonçalo M. Rosa is a multidisciplinary conservation scientist linking both field and experimental work with modelling and cutting-edge molecular tools to better inform effective conservation management. Gonçalo’s research has focused on mechanisms that underpin global biodiversity change and how populations respond to emerging threats in the Anthropocene. His work seeks to understand the mechanisms that drive emerging diseases in wildlife. Particularly, Gonçalo is interested in using amphibians to investigate temporal disruptions in stable host-pathogen systems and how immunity traits affect ecological dynamics. While Gonçalo’s early work integrated population ecology with conservation-based studies in Madagascar and Guinea Bissau. However, the increasing recognition of emerging infectious diseases as a global driver of biodiversity loss took him to challenges in Iberia, the Caribbean or Central America. Additional lines of research include the interplay between multiple threats (such as invasive species or habitat alteration), pushing the boundaries of wildlife health.
Carlos Gonçalo das Neves

Carlos Gonçalo das Neves

Chief Scientist da European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECZM (Wildlife Population Health).
Professor Carlos Gonçalo das Neves, is a Portuguese and Norwegian citizen, graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Technical University of Lisbon in 2004, and received his PhD in Veterinary Sciences (area of virology) in 2009 from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Sciences. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Certificate in Public Policy from the London School of Economics. He is currently the Chief Scientist of the European Food Safety Authority, having previously served between 2019 and 2022 as Director of Research and Internationalization at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI), after having also served there as Director of Virology and Director of Food Safety and Emerging Threats. He is also a Full Professor at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of Tromsø, Norway. Prof. das Neves has worked in the field of wildlife diseases, and has experience in topics related to ONE HEALTH, zoonotic diseases, AMR, emerging threats and food systems. He has a strong background in science policy, advocacy and strategic partnership development. In 2013 he obtained the specialist diploma of the European College of Zoological Medicine, and served between 2018 and 2023 as the chair of the Wildlife Population Health Specialty of the same College. Between 2014 and 2018 he also served as an animal welfare and health specialist on the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment. He is a commissioner in the Lancet ONE HEALTH Commission, and a member of the Global 1 Health Network and the One Sustainable Health Forum, as well as one of the lead authors of the developing report "Nexus" on the interlinkages between biodiversity, water, food and health of the IPBES (Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). He is a member of the IUCN Wildlife Health Specialist Group, and served between 2019 and 2021 as president of the Wildlife Disease Association. He was also Honorary Consul of Portugal in Norway between 2010 and 2017.
Luís Pedro Carmo

Luís Pedro Carmo

Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute. DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECVPH.
Luís has completed his Integrated Masters in Veterinary Medicine at the Abel Salazar Biomedical Sciences Institute from the University of Porto (Portugal). He started his research journey at the University of Copenhagen, where he conducted an exposure assessment of ESBL-producing bacteria from meat. He would then go to Switzerland, where he would complete his PhD and his specialization from the European College of Veterinary Public Health at the University of Bern. He would remain at the University of Bern for almost 9 years, conducting epidemiological research, doing consultancy for various stakeholders (e.g. other faculty departments, federal offices, industry actors) and teaching. In 2022, Luís moved to the Norwegian Veterinary Institute to work as a senior researcher. Since 2021, Luís is an invited professor at the NOVA Medical School where he teaches One Health master students about data analysis in health. Luís has extensive experience in project management and teaching. His research interests are wide and range from health surveillance, integrated approaches to health, sustainability to systems thinking. He is very keen on the use of collaborative approaches, such as transdisciplinarity.
Manuel Garcia Hartmann

Manuel Garcia Hartmann

President of the NGO MarLab, Expert in zoo and marine mammal medicine. DVM, PG Specialization in Wildlife Medicine.
Manuel Garcia Hartmann is a veterinarian working with captive and rehabilitating wildlife since graduating from veterinary college in Giessen, Germany, in 1989 and obtaining a postgraduate specialization in zoo and wildlife medicine in 2002 from the German Official College of Veterinarians, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Throughout his career, Manuel has contributed to marine animal conservation in many roles, such as chief pathologist for the Dutch Marine Mammal Stranding Network, in the Netherlands, head of the veterinary department of the Seal Rehabilitation and Research Center Pieterburen, Netherlands, head of the veterinary department and director of research and curator of Marineland Antibes, France. Currently, Manuel is the President of MarLab, a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to nature conservation, based in France. And collaborates as an international veterinary consultant for the Center for the Rehabilitation of Marine Animals of the University of Aveiro, and for marine wildlife and zoo animals in several countries, such as Lithuania, France, Greece, Israel, Russia, China.
Nuno Marques Pereira

Nuno Marques Pereira

Veterinarian at Oceanário de Lisboa and Centro de Recuperação do Lobo Ibérico. DVM, Invited Professor at ULHT.
Nuno Marques Pereira graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária Universidade de Lisboa, in 1987. He began his professional life at a small animal clinic, working simultaneously with wild animals such as the Iberian wolf, collaborating with the Centro de Recuperação do Lobo Ibérico in Mafra. Twenty-six years ago, he shifted his focus to aquatic animal medicine, assuming the role of attending veterinarian at the Oceanário de Lisboa. In addition to his emphasis on ornamental fish medicine, since 2006, Nuno has served, in the Lisbon area, as the attending vet in several aquatic animal research facilities. Over the years, he has gained experience in the medical and surgical care of aquatic birds, teleosts, elasmobranchs, and amphibians. Since 2005, he has been an invited lecturer at the Veterinary Faculty of Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias in Lisbon, where he teaches courses on Fish Medicine and Conservation Medicine.
Carolina Bento

Carolina Bento

Researcher in Marine Species Conservation and Assistant Professor at EUVG. DVM, MSc., PhD in Veterinary Science.
Carolina completed her Degree in Veterinary Medicine and Master's degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Lisbon, and a PhD in virology and immunology of cetaceans at the same institution. Additionally, she recently (in 2023) completed a Master's degree in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics at the Universidad Catolica de Murcia. Working as a veterinarian at Vetcondeixa, specializing in small and exotic animals, she also serves as an Assistant Professor at EUVG. Since 2009, she has extensively collaborated with Cram-ECOMARE, contributing to internships, projects, and providing veterinary consulting services. Carolina has completed postgraduate courses in exotic and wild animal medicine and surgery, as well as in abdominal and cardiac ultrasound.
Norin Chai

Norin Chai

DVM, MSc., PhD. Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management).
Norin graduated from the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort,France and completed two Master of Science, one in «Tropical animal pathology» and one in “Tropical Animal Production”. In 1996, he finished his doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine on “Ecology and Ethology of the Leopard (Panthera pardus)”. He started his career with the position of director of the National Park of Manda (Chad) from 1995 to 1996. In 1997, he entered the National Museum of Natural History (France) as a research Engineer and as the deputy director of the Parc de la Haute Touche (zoological park in center of France). In 2000, he moved back to Paris as a field vet in the Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes (a zoo in Paris). In 2008, he finished his second doctoral degree (PhD) on Amphibian medicine. In 2013 he became a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine in Zoo Health Management. From 2005 until September 2020, he had been the head veterinarian and the deputy director of the Ménagerie. He quite his position in October 2020 to follow his own personal projects. Norin is the founder and president of Yaboumba, a NGO working in Conservation and humanitarian projects. He is regularly asked for expertise on wildlife medical cases and conservation projects around the world. He has published numerous articles in veterinary journals, national magazines, and given hundreds of lectures in national and international congresses.
Jorge Soares

Jorge Soares

Wildlife Veterinarian, founder of the BeWildAid NGO. DVM, MSc. (Wild Animal Health), CertZooMed, MRCVS.
Degree in Veterinary Medicine by the Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Master of Science in "Wild Animal Health" by the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London & The Royal Veterinary College, University of London and Certificate in Zoological Medicine by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. For the last 25 years has worked in several zoological parks & conservation organizations. From 2010 to 2014 was the Director of Veterinary and Laboratory Services for the Saudi Wildlife Authority, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Between 2015 and 2019 was the Director of Veterinary & Laboratory Services for the Loro Parque Fundación, Loro Parque & Poema del Mar, Canary Islands, Spain. In January 2020 founded BeWild Aid a ONG providing expert veterinary services for Ethiopia´s Prime Minister´s, the Ethiopia Wildlife Conservation Authority and regional wildlife authorities implementing the “state of art” headquarters of the Ethiopian Wildlife Veterinary Services, providing services across the region and to other conservation projects around the world. Since July 2022 is also providing veterinary services as the Head of Veterinary Services in India in what is becoming the largest wildlife rescue operation in the world.
João Brandão

João Brandão

LMV, MS, Dipl. ECZM (Avian), Dipl. ACZM. Associate Professor, Zoological Medicine, Oklahoma State University.
João Brandão, LMV, MS, Dipl. ECZM (Avian), Dipl. ACZM, Associate Professor of Zoological Medicine at the Oklahoma State University earned his veterinary degree from the University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro in Vila Real, Portugal. He completed exotic animal and zoological medicine internships at the Great Western Referrals (Swindon, UK), Tufts University (North Grafton, MA), and the University of Georgia (Athens, GA). Brandao completed a three-year zoological medicine residency and a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Louisiana State University. He is a diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Avian), the American College of Zoological Medicine, and EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Avian Medicine and Surgery. He has been awarded the Debbie and Wayne Bell Professorship in Veterinary Clinical Sciences.
Ricardo Brandão

Ricardo Brandão

Clinical Director at CERVAS, Coordinator of “Programa Antídoto”. DVM, MSc. Conservation Biology
Ricardo Brandão graduated in Veterinary Medicine by UTAD in 2002, with further studies in Conservation Biology. Founder and President of the NGO ALDEIA between 2003 and 2009 and, again, since 2024. Coordinator of Programa Antídoto – Portugal between 2003 and 2010. Collaborator of Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Institute at Serra da Estrela Natural Park, between 2005 and 2008. Coordinator and Veterinarian of CERVAS since 2009. Member of veterinary teams in threatened species (Bonelli´s Eagle, Iberian Wolf) conservation projects since 2006. Teacher of the Wild Animal Conservation class at EUVG since 2021.
Hugo Lopes

Hugo Lopes

Lecturer and speaker on wildlife surgery, medicine, and rehabilitation. DVM, PG Degree in Exotic Animals (IFEVET).
Graduated Veterinary Medicine School of the University of Tras os Montes e Alto Douro in 2002, and completed curricular externships in Exotic Animal Clinics in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, and at The Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota (Wild Animal Rehabilitation Center). Started his professional life at The Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota for 3 years, where he completed the Internship and was Assistant Clinical Director for 1 year, before returning to Portugal. Upon his return, did new externships in Exotic Animal and Wildlife Rehabilitation in Madrid, Barcelona, and Berlin, while doing Exotic Animal Practice in Lisbon and collaborating with Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers around Portugal. In 2009 co-founded Vetolaias, a Small Animal and Exotic Animal Veterinary Clinic in Lisbon, and dedicated to Exotic and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, while also working as Clinical Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers in Olhão (RIAS) and Cadaval (CRASM). Frequent lecturer and trainer, his main areas of interest are; Wildlife Rehabilitation, and Wildlife, Falconry, and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery. In 2023 moved to Braga to pursue new professional and personal goals, and completed a Post Graduate Degree in Exotic Animals (IFEVET)

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