Working Dogs in Conservation

Dog Smiling at Camera

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 Objectives

  • 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)


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

From Dr. Adams: “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.”


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Registration Fee: $95

Credits: 7 CE Hours – 0.7 CEUs

Getting Started

Outline and Schedule

  • This CE is entirely self-paced and consists of a series of video lectures along with suggested readings and podcasts.


  • 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, eLearning. Students can access eLearning by visiting, clicking the blue “Log In to Continuing Education Button”, and logging in with the information used to enroll in the course. 


  • This course provides you with approximately 7 hours of CE content and is the equivalent of 0.7 CEUs. 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.


  • 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 or aspect of conservation medicine you found to be most interesting, and why. If you have any questions about this assignment please email me at


If you have issues with the course content, please reach out to your instructor – Dr. Hayley Adams. Please allow 48 hours for a response.

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