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Cornell Wildlife Health Center's Dr. Krysten Schuler examines the scientific evidence that supports prions as the agent of Chronic Wasting Disease and recommends next steps for tackling this disease threat.
Beck Turcios in lab


Cornell veterinary student Beck Turcios ‘21 joined the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab’s eDNA project and learned novel diagnostic techniques and new approaches to preserving local salamander biodiversity.
A collage of vet students working on a diversity of projects

The Cornell Wildlife Health Lab trains a wide range of students and works with them to tailor their experiences to help them reach their career goals.
White tail deer

Chronic wasting disease has been found in deer in 23 states and two Canadian provinces. Wildlife agencies, conservation organizations, and the hunting industry are coming together to educate the public and highlight the need for investment in scientific research to better understand the disease.

"Bobcat Fever" (Cytauxzoon felis) is an emerging disease caused by a blood parasite that can affect domestic cats. Cornell Wildlife Health Center scientists are developing a diagnostic test to evaluate its distribution in New York, and determine if and how bobcat and domestic cat health may be connected.
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.
Bull Moose

Working closely with Cornell Wildlife Health Center experts, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a final plan to minimize the risk of Chronic Wasting Disease impacting wild deer and moose.
Brian Clifford


Cornell veterinary student Bryan Clifford ’20 describes his summer experience with the New York State Wildlife Health Program, where he worked as a research assistant on an assortment of projects benefitting the diverse wildlife of New York State.
Hellbender Cryptobranchus


Hellbenders are giant aquatic salamanders that inhabit streams in the eastern U.S., and help serve as an indicator of clean, healthy water. Cornell Wildlife Health Center scientists collaborated with award-winning nature videographer David Brown to document the work we are doing to help their declining populations.
Snowy owl

In the last few years, Cornell has confirmed two snowy owl deaths from pigeon herpesvirus, which was likely transmitted from a pigeon meal. Our lab has worked with our virologists to develop a DNA based test for the virus, making it a useful diagnostic tool when testing raptors for the disease.