Photo by Dr Sharon DeemMy name is Fidisoa Rasambainarivo, I am a wildlife veterinarian interested in the ecological approaches of health and particularly the “One Health” concept and the field of “Conservation Medicine”. I study the multiple interactions between human, domestic animal and wildlife health in Madagascar. My research interests focus on the potential impacts of humans and domestic animals on wildlife health in various ecosystems in Madagascar, looking at, for example the transmission of pathogens between humans, domestic animals and endemic lemurs, carnivores or rodents.

I obtained my veterinary degree from the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Sciences (DESMV) of the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar and a Master’s degree in epidemiology from the faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal, Canada. I am now a PhD candidate in Biology (Ecology, Evolution and Systematics) at the University of Missouri Saint Louis, USA.

Thanks to approximately 10 years of experience working with captive and free-ranging wildlife from Madagascar as a veterinarian and a researcher, I have gained an in-depth knowledge on health and conservation issues facing Madagascar’s wildlife. I am also very interested in building veterinary capacity in Madagascar and serve as a lecturer (wildlife health and zoological medicine) at the DESMV and as a veterinary advisor for the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group.

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