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Role of veterinarians in re-introductions



Re-introduction science is in its infancy. Early and recent experiences show how success requires a long-term and dedicated commitment and all attempts can fail too easily, sometimes for veterinary reasons. A suitably qualified and experienced veterinarian's primary role, as part of the team, is to ensure the health and welfare of animals, both those selected for re-introduction and sympatric species in the recipient area, before, during and after re-introduction and/or any intervention procedure, whether chemically or physically restrained. Prevention of alien disease introduction to the recipient area is probably the single most important responsibility.