I was honoured to be invited as the guest speaker for the 2015 Veterinary Expeditions-Madagascar. This program led by Drs Carol Walton and Rick Lecouteur from the UC Davis veterinary school took a group of 22 veterinarians (mostly small animal and exotic practitionners) from the United States and Europe through various ecosystems of Madagascar to discover the beauty of the island, its biodiversity and the Malagasy people.
During two weeks in August, we visited 6 National Parks and reserves and saw countless species of endemic birds, reptiles and mammals including the endangered Red Tailed sportive lemur (Lepilemur ruficaudatus) in Ifaty, the golden bamboo lemur (Hapalemur aureus) in Ranomafana, the Giant coua (Coua gigas) in Zombitse National Park and many other marvels of nature.
In addition, I had to give a series of lectures regarding the health and diseases of Malagasy wildlife both free ranging and in captivity, present various research projects and different conservation issues faced by Madagascar. This RACE approved program provided 34 hours of continuing education (CE) to American veterinarians.
Carol Walton, DVM has led the NAVC (North American Veterinary Community) for a number of years and offers tours for veterinarians to destinations such as Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa and Madagascar.