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WSU Elk Hoof Disease Research Candidate Speaks at SPSCC April 12

WSU College of Veterinary Medicine - Apr 9, 2018

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Elk in Field
Image: Elk grazing in field.

PULLMAN, Washington State University is bringing the fourth of five candidates for a new position as elk hoof disease research leader to Olympia for a public presentation on Thursday, April 12.

The presentation is set for 9 a.m. in the South Puget Sound Community College Lecture Hall, Room 105, 2011 Mottman Rd. SW, in Olympia.  The Lecture Hall building is designated as #26 on the SPSCC Olympia Campus map that shows limited parking availability.

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The candidate, Xavier F. Aguilar, earned his DVM degree in 2009 from Universitat de Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain. He completed his Ph.D. degree in 2017, at the same institution. His research interests are in the ecology of infectious diseases in wildlife and their interactions with both livestock and human health. He currently is a member of the Servei d’Ecopathologia de Fauna Salvatge which conducts research on infectious diseases of hoofed wildlife.

Dr. Aguilar’s talk is entitled, “Integrative approaches to understanding elk hoof disease.” 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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