“The main goal of the ecosystem health rotation is to provide senior veterinary students with opportunities to apply the concepts they have learned in health promotion, public health, and health management to health issues involving animals, people, and their shared environments.”
The Centre for Coastal Health in Nanaimo is an active member of the Distributed Veterinary Learning Community (DVLC) of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. As part of the DVLC, the CCH offers a two week long rotation in Ecosystem Health for up to three students six times a year. Students are welcomed as team members into the daily activities of the CCH. The rotation is a mixture of shadowing and assisting CCH staff with current projects, tackling individual assignments to facilitate ongoing work, and taking part in special learning activities that will add to their methods toolbox. These experiences are designed to provide students with a practical understanding of how they can contribute to ecosystem and public health projects, and to yield important insights on the approaches that promote successful outcomes in this challenging work.