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A course in Asian Elephant Health, Reproduction and Breeding Management 2017


Asian Elephants


The world's population of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) is decreasing at an alarming rate and is listed as endangered by the IUCN. The total population of wild Asian elephants in the south and southeast Asian countries IS estimated to be between 35,000 - 50.000, The number of domesticated elephants in the 11 Asian elephant range countries was estimated at around 16,000 and numbers are also declining in parallel with the wild populations. In many countries, elephants are also maintained in elephant camps, zoological gardens, conservation parks, rehabilitation centres, elephant orphanages, Buddhist temples and in some countries as working elephants. To sustain this healthy captive population of elephants, it is essential to have an excellent knowledge of the health and reproductive issues of the Asian elephants.

The Course


This is an international training course on the management of the health, reproduction, breeding and welfare of Asian elephants. The course has two components, a stand-alone distance (online-based) course that is designed to provide you with background knowledge in elephant reproduction and health so that you will be able to fully engage with the one-week practical training course in Sri Lanka.

The distance learning course is designed to provide participants with background knowledge in elephant anatomy, physiology, nutrition, management, reproduction, breeding, health and diseases. It will include interactive on-line discussions with tutors, quizzes, an individual assignment and a final assessment. It is designed to provide the knowledge necessary for participants to fully engage in and benefit from the on-site practical training course.

The on-site course will include one day of lecture/discussions at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, followed by 4 days of practical training and demonstrations at the Pinnawela elephant orphanage and the Elephant Transit Home, Udawalave, Sri Lanka.

Key Dates 2017


Welcome and introduction   16 -22 April
Unit 1 Elephant Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition and Calf Management 23 - 29 April
 
  • 1.1 Relevant Clinical Anatomy and Physiology
  • 1.2 Nutrition and Feeding, body condition scoring, neo-natal care
  • 1.3 Management / Preventive Care (Range Countries and Western Zoos)
 
Unit 2 Repro Anatomy, Physiology and Management 30 April - 6th May
 
  • 2.1 The Female Elephant
  • 2.2 The Male Elephant
  • 2.3 Breeding and Parturition Management
 
Unit 3 Reproductive management, breeding and AI 7 - 13 May
 
  • 3.1 Endocrine Monitoring of Females
  • 3.2 Endocrine Monitoring of Males
  • 3.3 Semen Collection and Evaluation
  • 3.4 Ultrasonography
  • 3.5 Artificial Insemination
  • 3.6 Conservation Genetics
 
Unit 4 Health, Diseases, surveillance and restraint 14 - 20 May
 
  • 4.1 Health and Physical Examination
  • 4.2 Diagnostic Aids
  • 4.3 Therapeutics
  • 4.4 Disease (Non-Infectious Diseases and Infectious Diseases)
  • 4.5 Restraint and Anaesthesia
 
Assessment Submission of Assignment Report & Test 21 - 28 May
Practical component Kandy, Pinnawela and Uda Walave in Sri Lanka 12 - 16 June

Fees


The registration fees for students and “Asian elephant range countries” participants" have been discounted and given below.

The number of places on both the distance learning and practical courses for participants from “Asian elephant range countries” and for students are limited. If you require further information regarding fees or any other details, please email your details to info@asiaelephanthealth.org

Registration


Please note: if you have previously completed our online component and wish to register for just our practical component, please contact us at info@asiaelephanthealth.org.

Deadline for the registration:
Friday 7th April 2017
subject to spaces still being available.

Range Country

Nationals of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, plus Singapore.

Range Country

Internet

This component includes all internet access, assessment, access to tutor support and a certificate of completion.

This component does not include the practical course in Sri Lanka

Range Country

Internet and Practical

Includes all components of the internet course and practical in Sri Lanka.

Student

Students must provide proof that you are a registered student.

Student

Internet

This component includes all internet access, assessment, access to tutor support and a certificate of completion.

This component does not include the practical course in Sri Lanka

Student

Internet and Practical

Includes all components of the internet course and practical in Sri Lanka.

Non-range Countries

For all other registration that does not fall into the student or Range Country category

Non-range

Internet

This component includes all internet access, assessment, access to tutor support and a certificate of completion.

This component does not include the practical course in Sri Lanka

Non-range

Internet and Practical

Includes all components of the internet course and practical in Sri Lanka.

Course Partners


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Partially Funded by Brian Nixon fund for the protection of Elephants in Thailand.