Working Dogs in Conservation

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Working Dogs in Conservation
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Contact Information

(352) 265-0111
William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
4800 SW 35th Drive
Gainesville, Florida 32608


Course credit: CE Course, 7 CE Hours. 

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General information

Course Delivery:

This course is taught entirely online as a self-paced independent study. The course will be delivered using the UF centrally supported learning management system, CANVAS. Students must have a Gator Link ID to access e-learning at:

Course Contact:

Always contact Teachers by email within the CANVAS course

Please allow 48 hours for a response

Instructor: Hayley R. Adams, DVM, PhD, DACVPM, DACVM
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Student Support Services:

In the event that you have technical difficulties with this course, please contact the UF Computing Help Desk either by email or calling (352) 392-4357 - select option 1.
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Course description:

The value of the canine nose is well-documented, and working dogs are being increasingly utilized for their olfactory skills in conservation. Dogs are used in conservation forensic science, in the calculation of population trends of endangered species, in the eradication of invasive species in protected environments, in the identification of disease, and in the identification of infestations and chemical contaminants.


Course Goal:

This CE course will provide you with an overview of case studies using dogs in conservation.  For a more in-depth study of this topic please see the full length semester course VME6934. 

Course objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will have the ability to: 

-Describe the various uses of dogs in conservation

-Recommend a specific area where working dogs could be trained for detection of a conservation-specific application 
-Identify, research, and write a report on an application of interest with working dogs (based on what is learned throughout the course)

Course Materials:
There are no required materials for this CE.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Outline & Schedule:

This CE is entirely self-paced and consists of 13 video lectures. Some people prefer to ‘binge watch’ and can quite easily complete the CE within a weekend. However if you would like to take a more leisurely pace, say one video lecture per week, this will take you approximately one semester to complete the course.  

In order to receive CE credit and your Certificate of Completion you will submit a short essay (1-2 paragraphs, single spaced, 12 point font)  describing which case study you found to be most interesting, and why. If you have any questions about this assignment please email me at

This course provides you with approximately 7 hours of CE content and is the equivalent of 1 CEU. Your CE will be awarded by a certificate of completion that you will receive once you submit a satisfactory final assignment. Multiple attempts are allowed. 

About your Instructor:

Dr. Hayley R. Adams

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I have over 20 years of experience in wildlife veterinary medicine, conservation, and issues related to One Health in Africa, and have had the pleasure of working with a variety of domestic and wild animals over the years. I created a charitable organization, Silent Heroes Foundation, in 2010 as a way of contributing to conservation & One Health efforts in Africa. I am a veterinarian, and have a PhD in wildlife epidemiology and virology. I am a board certified Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Microbiology. I currently teach conservation medicine and related courses at the University of Florida. I am a Certified Meditation Instructor & Compassion Fatigue Therapist in order to better assist those in my profession who may be suffering in silence. I am an author with my first book, Conscious Conservation: Less Doing, More Being, available now.-- 
With Gratitude,

Hayley R. Adams, DVM, PhD, DACVPM, DACVM

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." ~Gandhi

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