in 2014, thanks to the support of our friend and supporter Dr Jean Luc HORNICK, the University of Gembloux in Belgium and the Institute of Tropical Veterinary Medicine brought their support through writing about us on their website.
This Wednesday December 17, 2014, our Head Veterinarian, Dr Dorothée MINNE was invited to present P-WAC to students at the Institute.
« I was invited to give a conference to students in the Advanced Masters in Management of Animal and Plant Resources in Tropical Environments program, by Dr. Jean-Luc HORNICK, who teaches the course in veterinary medicine at ULg in the Department of Animal Production in the Animal Nutrition in Tropical Environments Unit. Dr Hornick was my adviser for my Masters thesis during my year in the Advanced Masters program in Management of Animal and Plant Resources in Tropical Environments that I completed after my Veterinary Medicine studies.
Before the conference, Jean-Luc introduced me to a few people who could give me a hand. I also had the chance to meet an agricultural engineer who would like to help us in the area of management of natural resources.
I addressed two topics during this conference : on one side the role of wildlife veterinarian, still not well known or recognized, and, on the other, Project P-WAC.
The students in this Master’s program are biologists, veterinarians and ecologists and are mostly of African origin. My discourse was based on our discussion, as I also needed their opinions on the Congo and to learn what they knew about conditions on the ground. Who knows Africa and the culture better than engaged locals? Among the African students was a Congolese veterinarian, interested in participating once he returned home. This day was as interesting for me as it was for them.
My presentation was well received and has already been requested for other conferences where I would be pleased to speak. There is far too little exposure for wildlife veterinarians. In future programs, a meeting with the students at the University of Liège and those of the Faculty of Namur ».
Dr. Dorothée Minne