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White-tailed Deer by Marko Hankkila

Chronic wasting disease is a contagious and fatal disease affecting cervids (deer, moose, reindeer, elk). Cornell Wildlife Disease Ecologist Dr. Krysten Schuler asks New Yorkers to be on the lookout for cases of chronic wasting disease among deer.
A Bengal Tiger shown lying down

An interdisciplinary team of researchers, including the Cornell Wildlife Health Center’s Dr. Martin Gilbert, collaborated to assess the impact of habitat loss and fragmentation on tiger populations.
A collage of endangered species that includes three big cats, elephant and rhino

The third Friday of May is Endangered Species Day. Primarily as a result of human activities, our planet’s biodiversity is shrinking at an unprecedented rate. The Cornell Wildlife Health Center is proud to support a diverse range of species and ecosystems through our work.
Pandemic Conference Feature poster that includes a portrait of Jane Goodall

An international conference co-hosted by Cornell University and featuring celebrated conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall heard how COVID-19 provides a wake-up call concerning the unsustainable way we treat the natural world.
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.
Syracuse Zoo main entrance by Christine Bogdanowicz

Construction is underway to build a new, state-of-the-art animal health center at Syracuse’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo. The Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo has launched a $1.1 million dollar capital campaign to raise money for new diagnostic and treatment equipment. The zoo will continue its partnership with Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, by bringing Cornell veterinarians to practice at the zoo and allowing residents, interns, and students to get hands-on experience
Tiger lying down © Ronald Gilbert

A research team, including the Cornell Wildlife Health Center’s Dr. Martin Gilbert, published a case report describing the death of a Bengal tiger in Bhutan from neurocysticercosis (the presence of larval tapeworm stages in the brain). Bengal tigers are endangered, with only 103 individuals estimated to remain in Bhutan, with more in other range countries including India and Nepal.
Penguin shown in the water

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As an aspiring veterinarian interested in zoological medicine, I have tried my best to take advantage of all zoo and wildlife opportunities available to me. When I think about the kind of veterinary career I want to have, it is one where I can combine my interests in conservation, international travel and cultural immersion....
A rhino being prepped for airlifting with a team of researchers working together

A research team led by Cornell's Dr. Robin Radcliffe found that airlifting critically endangered black rhinos upside down when moving them away from poaching hotspots is better for rhino health than lying them down on stretchers.
A bird nest shown with eggs and chicks

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Growing up in suburbia there was always an injured bird that needed care, and my house during the springtime quickly became rehabber central. There are a lot of things that my mom wished our neighbors and community had known so we could have had fewer patients. I hope to share some of our baby bird tips and tricks with you here....