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White-tailed deer buck by Christine Bogdanowicz


Chronic wasting disease is a progressive, fatal, degenerative neurological disease of captive and free ranging deer, elk, and moose. The Cornell Wildlife Health Lab received a grant to assess and quantify risk factors for the introduction of chronic wasting disease in Virginia and to design a state-wide surveillance plan.
An Eastern Coyote seen trotting in a field

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As part of the national recovery effort, endangered black-footed ferrets were reintroduced to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota in 2000. In an effort to determine possible causes of the population decline after the reintroduction, researchers conducted a pathogen survey using coyotes as a sentinel animal.
Cornell Red-tailed Hawk in flight by Christine Bogdanowicz 2020

The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine has released its 2020 Annual Report, detailing its progress in its key strategic priority areas, including "Advances in Animal, Human and Ecosystem Health."
Cornell researchers participate in a "One Health Perspectives" session

Cornell researchers participated in an open discussion during the “One Health Perspectives” session as part of the COVID-19 Summit, a two-day event featuring researchers from across Cornell.
White-tailed deer standing in snow

Rabid deer have been found in Cortland and Cayuga counties in New York State, but according to Cornell Wildlife Disease Ecologist Dr. Krysten Schuler, there does not appear to be an abnormally high number of cases occurring in the region.
Cottontail rabbit in a field with flower in its mouth

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 has been rapidly spreading across the western half of the United States, and Cornell's Dr. Krysten Schuler advises not handling wild rabbits at this time.
Cottontail rabbit shown walking on green grass

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Keeping New York State wildlife rehabilitators informed and prepared for emerging disease threats is an important part of surveillance and prevention at the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab.
Snapshot of Dr. Kailey Anderson in panel


On May 20, 2020, we hosted a panel discussion for current Cornell DVM students interested in wildlife health-related careers.
Eastern box turtle

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Most people value wildlife encounters, and there’s a fascination that comes from a taxa so vastly different than our own. But, many species of reptiles and amphibians are declining in the wild, facing threats such as habitat loss, unscrupulous collection, and disease. Therefore, great care must be taken to ensure that we do not negatively impact that which we love.
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.