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WSU Elk Hoof Disease Research Candidate Speaks at SPCC February 22

WSU College of Veterinary Medicine - Feb 19, 2018

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Elk HerdPULLMAN, Wash - Washington State University is bringing the first of at least four candidates for a new position as elk hoof disease research leader to Olympia for a public presentation on Thursday, Feb. 22.

The presentation is set for 9 a.m. in the South Puget Sound Community College Lecture Hall 2011 Mottman Rd. SW, in Olympia.  The Lecture Hall building is designated as #26 on the SPCC Olympia Campus map which also shows parking availability which is limited. 

The map is available at .

The candidate, Aniruddha Belsare, is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the University of Idaho’s Center for Modeling and Complex Interactions.  He earned his Ph.D. in Wildlife Sciences with a focus on Disease Ecology from the University of Missouri in 2013.  His current research has focused on the interaction between disease causing organisms and the animals they infect.

Dr. Belsare’s lecture is entitled, “Pragmatic models for defensible decisions: An adaptive management approach for mitigating wildlife disease threats.”  Following his presentation, there will be time for a public question and answer period as well as an opportunity to speak with the candidate.

In 2017, the Washington legislature passed and funded legislation designating WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine as the lead organization for finding potential solutions for elk hoof disease.  The disease can cause profound lameness, sloughing of the hooves, and eventually death of affected animals. Nearly $1.52 million was provided to the college for establishing the new program.

The research program will involve collaboration with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Washington Department of Agriculture, Native American tribes and other national and international agencies that can lend expertise and field activities relative to elk ecology and well-being.

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