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Veterinarians Gone Batty!

Posted on May 21, 2018 by in The OFI Blog |

The Judy and John W. McCarter, Jr. Global Health Internship Program, housed within the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), provides interns the opportunity “to study and apply new knowledge to wildlife health, emerging zoonotic diseases, veterinary medicine, ecology, molecular diagnostics, pathology, physiology and cryobiology, and GIS/Remote Sensing.”

Dr. Jennifer Kishbaugh handling a flying fox in Okkan, Myanmar

Dr. Jennifer Kishbaugh, a Judy and John W. McCarter, Jr. Global Health Veterinary Intern, studies the movements and propensity of endangered flying foxes to spread infectious diseases in Myanmar. Working with a team of Burmese scientists, GIS specialists, SCBI’s wildlife veterinarians, and United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) PREDICT personnel, Dr. Kishbaugh collects flying foxes’ biological samples and data on tracking movements. Her study is one of many funded in part by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

To learn more about Dr. Jennifer Kishbaugh and other’s study on the satellite tracking of bats in Myanmar, click here.