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Helle B. Hydeskov


School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Helle is a Doctoral Candidate and Demonstrator. She currently teaches on the Ecological Census Techniques and the Wildlife Management modules. Both modules are part of the BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation course. In addition, Helle is part of the team delivering the Teacher Training for Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) at NTU.

Career overview

MSc, DVM, MVetMed, DipECZM (Wildlife Population Health), MRCVS

EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Wildlife Population Health

Helle received her veterinary degree from University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2010.

She worked at Copenhagen Zoo from 2010-2011 before volunteering as a civil veterinarian for World Vets on two humanitarian missions with the US Military in 2011 and 2012.

In April 2013, she completed the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification program and the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE).

Helle then provided veterinary disaster relief for World Vets in the Philippines after the typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

She did a small animal rotating internship at the 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital in Ontario, Canada, in 2014-2015 and completed a 3-year residency in Wildlife Population Health and MVetMed at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, and the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in 2018.

Helle became an EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Wildlife Population Health in April 2019.

Research areas

Helle is a One Health researcher. She mainly studies how infectious and non-infectious diseases affect wildlife population health.

Helle started as a Doctoral Candidate at NTU in October 2019. For her PhD she studies health effects of lead (Pb) in Scandinavian brown bears (Ursus arctos).

PhD supervisors:

Dr Antonio Uzal (Director of Studies, NTU)

Dr Louise Gentle (NTU)

Dr Chris Lloyd Mills (NTU)

Prof. Jon M. Arnemo (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences)

External activity

Helle is a member of the following organisations:

  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
  • European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS)
  • European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM)
    • Wildlife Population Health (WPH) Specialty
    • Website Committee
  • Wildlife Disease Association (WDA)
    • European Wildlife Disease Association (EWDA)
    • Nordic Section of the Wildlife Disease Association (NWDA)
    • Wildlife Veterinary Section (WVS)
  • European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV)
    • Nordic Zoo and Wildlife Veterinary Group (NZWVG)
    • Education Working Group
    • Wildlife Conservation Working Group
  • American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (AAWV)


Peer-reviewed publications:

Hydeskov HB, Amar CFL, Rodriguez-Ramos Fernandez J, John SK, Macgregor SK, Cunningham AA, Lawson B (2019). Listeria monocytogenes infection of free-living Western European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 50(1): 183-189. DOI: 10.1638/2018-0093.

Hydeskov HB, Dastjerdi A, Hopkins KP, Ryser-Degiorgis M-P, Widén F, Cunningham AA, Lawson B (2018). Detection and characterisation of multiple herpesviruses in free-living Western European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus). Scientific Reports volume 8, article number: 13942. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-31900-w.

Franklinos LHV, Rodriguez-Ramos Fernandez J, Hydeskov HB, Hopkins KP, Everest DJ, Cunningham AA, Lawson B (2018). Herpesvirus skin disease in free-living common frogs Rana temporaria in Great Britain. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 129(3): 239-244. DOI: 10.3354/dao03246.

Rutland BE, Byl KM, Hydeskov HB, Miniter B, Johnson CA (2017). Systemic manifestations of Cuterebra infection in dogs and cats: 42 cases (2000-2014). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 251(12): 1432-1438. DOI: 10.2460/javma.251.12.1432.

Stagegaard J, Hørlyck A, Hydeskov HB, Bertelsen MF (2017). Ketamine-medetomidine and ketamine-medetomidinemidazolam anesthesia in captive cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) - Comparison of blood pressure and kidney blood flow. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 48(2): 363-370. DOI: 10.1638/2016-0128R.1.

Hydeskov HB, Guardabassi L, Aalbæk B, Olsen KEP, Nielsen SS, Bertelsen MF (2013). Salmonella prevalence among reptiles in a zoo education setting. Zoonoses and Public Health 60(4): 291-295. DOI: 10.1111/j.1863- 2378.2012.01521.x.

Scientific Writing Experience at the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians 2010 Student Summer School [Participants: Eichelmann MA, Fischer D, Heilmann M, Hydeskov HB, Kunze M, Landaverde L, Leinweber I, Nielsen AMW, Pintus E, Reiners J, Risch T, Schroeder K, Schumann H, Soloperto S, Stötter M, Thielking M, Uccheddu S, Völkert H, Wehrmeister E. Instructor: Clauss M] (2012). Serum iron metabolites in an opportunistic sample of different captive primate species. International Zoo Yearbook 46(1): 195-200. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748- 1090.2012.00172.x

Course(s) I teach on

  • Red Squirrel
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2023