Global Animal Health News

WSU Elk Hoof Disease Research Candidate Speaks at SPSCC April 12

WSU College of Veterinary Medicine - Apr 9, 2018

CONTACT: Charlie Powell, 509-335-7073 or charlie_powell@wsu.edu

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.

The map is available at https://spscc.edu/sites/default/files/imce/about/maps/SPSCC-Campus-Map.pdf .

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.

Upcoming CVM Events

  • Why People in Washington Should Care about Global Health Issues January 8, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
  • CVM Spring Conference March 29, 2019 @ 8:00 AM
    to March 31, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
  • College of Veterinary Medicine Open House April 13, 2019 @ 12:00 AM
  • Golden, Diamond, and Crimson (60-year, 50-year, and 40-year) graduate reunions April 24, 2019 @ 12:00 AM
    to April 26, 2019 @ 12:00 AM
  • DVM Commencement Ceremony May 4, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
  • Third Annual Maloney Workshop May 8, 2019 @ 8:30 AM
    to May 8, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
  • Eliminating Human Death from Rabies by 2030 May 14, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
  • Zoonotic Disease Drivers in Global Health July 9, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
  • Fighting Anti-Microbial Resistance on a Global Scale November 12, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
  • What’s Next in Global Health Research December 10, 2019 @ 7:00 PM