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Honeybee Veterinary Medicine

Honeybee Veterinary Medicine

05 November 2015

GLOBAL - Honeybees are an essential part of farming and the wider ecosystem, but since the mid-1990s, bee populations around the world have suffered a dramatic decline through a combination of diseases, intoxication, and unknown causes.

Most veterinarians have little training in bee health, but with the depopulation trend continuing, it’s becoming more and more necessary for qualified animal health professionals and veterinarians to become involved in supporting the ecosystem.

Nicolas Vidal-Naquet is a veterinary practitioner who graduated in apiculture and Honeybee medicine, and also lectures on honeybee biology and diseases at the Veterinary School of Alfort in France.

Nicolas’ great interest in honeybees was the driving force behind the book, but he is also concerned by the general loss of bees from the ecosystem, saying: "They have a very important role in the pollination of wild flora, crops and orchards, which means they are key actors in sustaining biodiversity and the pollination of crops to feed both humans and animals.”

Honeybee Veterinary Medicine provides an overview of bee biology, the bee in the wider environment, bee diseases and parasites, veterinary treatment, and actions to help support honeybee health.

It has been written to help veterinarians and veterinary students better understand how to preserve honeybees as part of a delicate ecosystem, but it’s also of interest to beekeeping technicians, beekeepers, anyone involved in apiculture, and environmental organisations.

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