The University of Teramo is located in Abruzzo, the greenest region of Europe, with the 36% of total surface of the region covered by protected areas. It includes 5 administratively and organizationally autonomous Faculties, 20-degree courses, 6 doctoral programs (PhD) and 6 post-graduate schools. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is one of 13 Schools of Veterinary Medicine in Italy, and its didactic training is organized in a Single Cycle Degree in Veterinary Medicine, a Bachelor in animal Welfare and Protection, and a Second Cycle Degree Program in Sustainable Livestock Production Science, as well as postgraduate courses (PhD program, Master, Specialization School). Thanks to a constant relationship-exchange with national and international Institutions, including public and private professional associations and research centers (i.e., Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale, Veterinary and Public health departments, Natural Parks), the faculty offers a highly evaluable multidisciplinary educational and research program in different disciplinary fields. (https://www.unite.it/English/Faculty_of_Veterinary_Medicine).
The Maiella National Park is a protected area, located in South-Central Italy, in the Abruzzo region, along the Apennines Chain, of high ecological and conservation value for the safeguard of the Apennine wolf (Canis lupus italicus), Apennine Brown Bear (Ursus arctos marsicanus), Apennine Chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica ornata) and other wild mammals. Within the activities of the Wildlife Research Center of the Park, vets and biologist have undertaken activities of wildlife conservation and management, also based on capture activities and application of GPS radio collars. The WRC has developed in recent years some collaboration activities, for exchanging good practices, scientific updates, start of scientific and management cooperation, or intensive course on wildlife management. (https://www.parcomajella.it/)