Valentine’s Day Bake Sale

We have our first fundraiser coming up so get excited! February 14th at 9am-2pm: we will be selling cookies and brownies on Valentine’s day for $2 per bag. Come out to our bake sale and buy some sweets for yourself or your sweetheart! Members will have sign up sheets to bake cookies/brownies or sit at our tables to make sales! So get ready for our first fundraiser and break out your cookie sheets!!

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Officer Elections Tomorrow!

Hey guys!!! It’s that time of year again.  WDA will be holding elections tomorrow, Tuesday, April 8th at 4:00pm in room A117 of the vet school. Open positions include – President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. If you want to know more about any of these positions, please email us at utkwda@gmail.com. If you are interested in running for a position please email us with what position you would like to run for and a short blurb about why you’re interested. If you can not make the meeting, but would still like to run, please still send in your info and we can have someone read it for you!

Please try to attend even if you are not running for a position, because your opinion and votes are important to us and the future of the UT chapter of WDA.

We will also assess interest in the upcoming camping trip as well.

See you there!!!

Wildlife Darting Lab with Dr. Ramsay!

Hey everyone! I hope you enjoyed your break! We will be hosting a Wildlife Darting Lab with Dr. Ramsay on Wednesday, March 26th at 6pm in the equine arena of the veterinary hospital. Dr. Ramsay will demonstrate several darting styles, talk about darting safety, and instruct you how to load and shoot darts. For those who are unsure where the equine arena is, please meet in the brick foyer of the vet school at 5:50pm and someone will be there to direct you to the right location. You MUST wear close toed shoes to attend this lab.

If you are interested in attending this lab, please email utwda@gmail.com by Tuesday, March 25th at midnight. It should be a lot of fun! See you there!!

Meeting Thursday, March 6th!

Hey everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. We are pleased to announce that speaker Dr. Maria Spriggs, Zoo Veterinarian at the Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden in Evansville, IN and current PhD candidate under Dr. Deb Miller, will be joining us this Thursday, March 6th at 5:30pm. Our meeting will be held at the veterinary school in Room A117. Dr. Spriggs’ discussion is titled “What do zoos have to do with wildlife disease?”. This talk will be great opportunity for us to learn about how to facilitate the zoo-wildlife biologist bond, especially in terms of research and ethics, so please come! If that wasn’t convincing enough, snacks will be provided too! See you there 🙂

Meeting Tomorrow!!

Hey guys! I hope you’re having a good week! Our next meeting will be TOMORROW Wednesday, February 12th at 5pm in Ellington Plant Sciences Room 128. We are very excited to host Dr. David A. Steen, a reptile biologist from Auburn University. Dr. Steen will be discussing “Integrating Reptile Health into Applied and Ecological Field Studies,” as well as his experiences with the Indigo Snake reintroduction and how turtles have been affected by the coal ash spill. Snacks will be provided starting at 4:30pm. See you there!!!

Dr. Steen also authors the highly successful wildlife blog called “Living Alongside Wildlife” (http://www.livingalongsidewildlife.com)

MEETING TOMORROW!!!

Hey guys!! We will be having our first meeting of the semester on Thursday, January 23rd at 5pm in the Sequoyah Room at the vet school. WDA president, Jill Wilson Bull, will be speaking about her experiences at the Smith-Killborne Foreign Animal Disease Program, as well as wildlife implications involving foreign animal disease. We hope to see you all there!!!