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Health screening of captive bred water voles released in England.

Girling, S J; Fraser, Mary; Pizzi, R; Brown, D; Gow, D; Northey, R; Campbell-Palmer, Roisin


S J Girling

Mary Fraser

R Pizzi

D Brown

D Gow

R Northey

Roisin Campbell-Palmer


It has been estimated that over the course of the last century the water vole (Arvicola amphibius) has undergone a range decline in mainland Britain in excess of 90%. This species is considered as requiring significant national conservation concern and action in Scotland, England and Wales (Strachan & Moorhouse 2006). Concerted attempts are now being made to breed water voles in captivity for release projects in Britain. Water vole captive breeding and release projects to date have involved inconsistent health screening procedures, and current conservation management guidelines for this species provide limited veterinary screening recommendations. This project team was tasked with designing and carrying out pre-release health plans to prevent introduction of novel, damaging or zoonotic diseases and so ensure healthy voles were released.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name Health & Disease in Translocated Wild Animals ZSL
Start Date May 14, 2015
End Date May 15, 2015
Publication Date 2015
Deposit Date Jun 2, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Health screening; water voles; Arvicola amphibious; breeding programme;
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