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Sheep being loaded onto trucks from the sale yards. Australia, 2013, by Jo-Anne McArthur

The COVID-19 pandemic is the latest reminder that human interactions with the animal world are fraught with danger. Dr. Steve Osofsky describes how he would like to see an international treaty that mitigates human activities that create opportunities for animal viruses to infect humans.
A collage of recent alumni with various animals

The Cornell Wildlife Health Center is proud to celebrate some of the latest achievements of recent graduates from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine pursuing career paths in wildlife conservation and One Health.
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.
Aquadocs student blog thumbnail image with a SCUBA diver and Sea Lion

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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....
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.