Program to increase Vet technicians in Alaska will focus on Reindeer

September 28, 2007 • Philip BurgessReindeer

Two new certificates approved by the University of Alaska Board of Regents last week are aimed at increasing the number of veterinary technicians and resource managers in rural Alaska. – a key area of focus will be reindeer husbandry, as knowledge of this field was seen as a key marker of sustainable resource use, according to a report in the Fairbanks Daily News

“If a person knows how to manage a reindeer herd, which involves managing vegetation, soil, and wildlife she or he could use those principals to manage and sustain almost any other resource” according to Greg Finstad, the manager of UAF’s reindeer research program. Traditional knowledge will be a key part of the programme.

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