SPEAKER: Associate Professor David N. Phalen, Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery and Wildlife Health and Conservation, Faculty of Veterinary Science, The University of Sydney
DATE: Friday, 18th March 2016
LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, Room ka4.207 (Green room)
TIME: 1:30pm (new time)
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood HD2.006 (Richard Searby room); and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.22
ABSTRACT: Infectious diseases, particularly viral diseases, can have significant impacts on endangered parrots both in situ and in ex situ breeding programs. Much is known about viral infections of parrots, but much is still to be learned.
This talk will cover the Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease virus and related circoviruses found in other species of birds. The second half of the talk will focus on other viruses that are known to occur in Australia in pet and wild parrots and their potential significance.
BIO: David has a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Chicago, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University from Cornell University, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Pathobiology) from Texas A&M University.
He taught zoo, exotic pet, and wildlife medicine to surgery in the class room and in the clinic to veterinary students from 1993 to 2006 when he joined the faculty of the University of Sydney as the Director of the Wildlife Health and Conservation Centre and the Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital.
David teaches conservation biology, exotic pet husbandry and wildlife and exotic pet medicine to 3rd and 4th year DVM students and is the coordinator for the Masters of Wildlife Health and Population Management.
His research interests are varied and include infectious, toxicological and nutritional diseases of wildlife and exotic animals and wildlife ecology and conservation.
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