Sea Shepherd News
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is proud to announce the appointment of Dr Verné Dove as a volunteer Cetacean Vet Field Agent.
Dr Dove has a Masters in Conservation Medicine, a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and a Bachelor of Animal Science (Marine Mammal Behavior and Pathology). In 2011, Dr Dove will complete her second Master’s degree, in Veterinary Disease Surveillance, and she is currently undertaking a PhD in Dolphin Health Assessment. Dr Dove has also been appointed as a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, has a Diploma in Conservation and has completed a course in Marine Mammal Veterinary Medicine (MARVET) in the United States.
Dr Dove was recently in Cambodia researching and investigating the high infant mortality rate of dolphins, with early indications appearing a link to pollution of their environment from pesticides and fertilizers used by farmers.
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As part of her PhD project Dr Dove has been invited to collaborate with Foundation Omacha to assist with the rehabilitation of manatees and dolphins in Colombia. Omacha is also heavily involved in trying to stop the massive killing of dolphins in the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers’ used for baiting the giant Cat Fish.
Dr Dove is currently in the Caribbean with Foundation Omacha assisting with the release of four rehabilitated manatees.
A passionate Sea Shepherd supporter, Dr Dove, will assist Sea Shepherd in a volunteer capacity when and where she can.
Sea Shepherd volunteers often assists with cetacean strandings under the instruction of Government environment bodies and the appointment of Dr Dove provides an amazing opportunity to engage and utilise her expertise to assist in this area.
Dr Verné Dove will also provide various updates from the field abroad, including her findings of current research projects with manatees and dolphins.