CHeRI - Cervidae Health Research Initiative

Introduction to CHeRI

Scientists at the University of Florida Cervidae Health Research Initiative, or CHeRI for short, are working together to tackle problems that affect cervids: members of the deer family like white-tailed deer and elk. This initiative seeks to promote interdisciplinary science, education and outreach that increase the health and production of captive cervids in a sustainable manner and promotes the health of native wildlife and the ecosystems in which they live.

Our stakeholders in the deer farm industry have identified hemorrhagic disease as the primary threat to economic success in Florida. Last year deer farmers lost >$32M due to a high prevalence of EHD. More information on hemorrhagic disease and the viruses that cause this disease in deer can be found on our Hemorrhagic Disease Diagnostics page. While reducing morbidity and mortality of captive deer from HD is our primary goal, we seek to maintain a diverse portfolio of projects to improve the health of cervids in Florida.

Job Opening

Gap Year Internship in Wildlife Disease Ecology and Diagnostics - The UF IFAS Cervidae Health Research Initiative is seeking applicants for a 16 month internship from May 2018 to August 2019. Interns will be trained to conduct field necropsies on farmed deer, handle diagnostic specimens, and learn basic diagnostic skills and procedures. The intern will train with a wildlife veterinarian, wildlife ecologist and veterinary scientist. Once the requisite skills have been acquired, the intern will travel to deer farms throughout Florida to conduct necropsies and collect specimens. We seek people capable of working independently and working cooperatively with deer farmers and landowners. This internship is ideal for prospective veterinary students and graduate students in wildlife or animal sciences who are taking a year off between their baccalaureate degree and graduate or professional school. Requirements: A current valid driverís license and an expected graduation date of May 2018. Occasional overnight travel may be required. To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Samantha Wisely at Applications due March 15th, 2018.

2nd Annual CHeRI Symposium

CHeRI is pleased to announce that it's 2nd Annual Symposium will be held on August 10, 2018 in St. Augustine, FL in conjunction with th 67th Annual International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association. Find details about the conference here. Details will be announced in the next CHeRI newsletter.

SETDA Spring Fling

CHeRI will be at the SETDA spring fling on April 14, 2018 in Orlando, FL. Come visit our booth to pick up some swag and learn about our diagnostic services and research.

Integrated Pest Management on Deer Farms: Field Day

The IPM on Deer Farms field day was a great success! Over 11 deer farms particiapted, as well as UF/IFAS researchers and veterinarians and FWC Scientists. Check out the pictures on our Facebook page here.

Necropsy Instructional Video

Deer farmers, do you want to necropsy your own deer to send us samples for our free HD diagnostics? Visit the HD Diagnostics tab and check out the new necropsy instructional video, also found below.