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From: Bonnie
Date: 2008-07-01 02:23:57 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] What would you study?

Greetings all, I'm new here...
I posted this in another forum, but I wanted to try here as well... I hope
nobody is offended by this topic, I know it means choosing to conduct
research on a species we love, but without research, how will we evolve to
combat the insidious problems growing in our ferret populations?

It seems as though I might be transferring to my previous school in the
fall. Originally I was a lab assistant there during my undergrad experience,
and worked with a Professor doing research on the reproductive cycles on
rats. Now that I plan on returning, I am hoping to convince the University
(and possibly that very same Professor) to let me do a study involving
ferrets (I had other experience in research, but it was limiting to
microbiology). I am only an undergrad, so who knows... they may not allow me
squat. But I can still be hopeful right? Also, I have to note, I'm not an
expert on ferrets. I have been trying my best to read up on as many aspects
of Ferret physiology as possible, but really I'm just a ferret owner who has
fallen in love. If given the small chance to have a University lend me it's
resources and facilities, I am determined to do something that will benefit
the community of people who are concerned with the domesticated ferret, a
community I am relatively new to.

Anyway, I am not sure what they have facilities for... but I just was dying
to ask, if you all could conduct research with ferrets in mind, what would
be the main focus of your research? What do you consider as meaningful to
the future of ferrets? What would you consider feasible? What would you
consider completely way out of left field?

Originally, I wanted to do a study involving controlled photoperiods and
adrenal.... but there are so many options. I'm afraid I have not yet done
enough research, but I have this year to prepare.

What do you all think?


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