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Steve Osofsky standing by jeep in Bwabwata National Park

From Ithaca to the plains of southern Africa, the Cornell Wildlife Health Center is working to heal the natural world. Launched in 2020, the center was formed to unite Cornell’s leading wildlife health professionals under a common mission: to repair the fractured relationship between people and nature.
CVM staff and students treating a pelican by Jonathan King

The Cornell Wildlife Health Center has launched a new Student Support Fund for off-campus apprenticeships with free-ranging or captive wildlife, on-campus wildlife research, and student travel to present at professional conferences on wildlife health and conservation.
Hammerhead shark

Led by Cornell's Dr. Michael Stanhope, a team of scientists have sequenced genomes of the great hammerhead shark and shortfin mako shark, both endangered species.
A Four-toed Salamander shown above the leaf litter by Alex Roukis

Protecting wildlife is hard, and a key step to determine if a wildlife species needs conservation intervention is finding them. The Cornell Wildlife Health Lab's Alyssa Kaganer describes using eDNA techniques to successfully find four-toed salamanders.
Portrati of a Snow Leopard

It all started with an unexpected text message - “Do you know of any veterinarians willing to assist a snow leopard collaring project in a remote corner of eastern Kyrgyzstan?” One jumped immediately to mind…me!
Portrait photo of Jennifer Bloodgood

Welcome to new CVM faculty member Dr. Jennifer Bloodgood, a wildlife veterinarian and biologist with interests in free-ranging wildlife health and disease, pathology, infectious disease, and the interface of human and wildlife health.
CALS undergraduate Genesis Contreras ’24 and her service dog, Nugget, at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center.

Cornell Animal Science major Genesis Contreras ’24 needed her service dog to keep her safe while working with in the lab with the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab, but Nugget, a 4-year-old beagle, needed to be safe as well. A team across Cornell found a solution: "doggles."
Two Grey headed flying foxes (bats) shown hanging in a tree

Preserving and restoring natural habitats could prevent pathogens that originate in wildlife from spilling over into domesticated animals and humans, according to two new companion studies.
A graphical representation of taking care of the Earth, showing two hands clasping the natural world with buildings in the middle


It is no longer possible to separate the health of the planet from the health of its people. Disease patterns are changing as the climate does, and human health is at risk from loss of biodiversity, depleted water supplies, environmental toxins, and collapsing food systems. 
A colony of bats hanging in trees by Bat colony by Forencia Lewis-unsplash

Raina Plowright, a disease ecologist at Cornell University who studies pandemic prevention, has been studying Hendra virus in bats. She advises us to pay attention to bat habitat and to keep bats well-fed and healthy in order to reduce the risk of bat-borne viruses passing from animals into humans.