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Niagara River Lake trout by Christine Bogdanowicz

Using the most technologically advanced test to make a diagnosis might seem like a logical move, but a new commentary paper co-authored by Cornell Aquatics Scientist Dr. Rod Getchell warns veterinary clinicians and researchers that a diagnosis cannot rely on tests alone.
Rod Getchell shwon working at a microscope

Announcement

We are proud to announce that funding for the Aquatic Animal Health Program has been renewed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for a 5-year period.
Aquadocs student blog thumbnail image with a SCUBA diver and Sea Lion

Blog

While every good veterinary student learns the basics for dogs, cats, horses, and cows, there are usually few (if any) courses specifically focused on aquatic animals. Since before I can remember, all I have wanted to do is study and work with the animals that call the sea their home....
Cayuga Lake Brown trout by Christine Bogdanowicz

Cornell veterinary students Michelle Greenfield, DVM ’23, and Shoshana Zenilman, DVM ’23, worked with Rod Getchell to design a 4-week virtual course covering topics including aquaculture, fish handling and anesthesia, water quality, fish diseases, and zebrafish experimental models and welfare.
Salmon net pens

Mostly stuck at home like the rest of you, I cannot get the constant talk about testing and tracing out of my head during this COVID-19 pandemic. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s voice is ever present, and I welcome his daily, even-tempered and pragmatic broadcasts about how to keep us safe. Given my line of work, I easily saw some analogies, and I said to my work-at-home spouse on one of our daily walks, “Fish farmers have to deal with epidemics, too.”
Rodman Getchell and researcher examining a fish

Blog

The Cornell Wildlife Health Center's Dr. Rodman Getchell gives a behind-the-scenes look at the exciting aquatic animal health research being done at Cornell, and the significant role it plays in responding to emerging issues in fish health in New York State and internationally.
Vet student with rhino

At a critical time for the future of life on Earth, The College of Veterinary Medicine announces the establishment of the Cornell Wildlife Health Center. The new center focuses on catalyzing multidisciplinary collaboration to address wildlife health challenges worldwide, while immersing students in unique learning experiences at home and abroad.
Cornell STEM

With eDNA, scientists can count fish and other animals just by collecting a small sample of water.
Student kneeling on rock in stream

Students and teachers from across New York have been participating in Cornell's FishTracker Program to gather data about invasive fish and threatened native species.
Fox in a field

In this feature article, Wildlife Watchers, learn how Cornell Wildlife Health Center scientists are turning discoveries into real-world solutions, and how our research and surveillance protects nature across New York State.