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CALS undergraduate Genesis Contreras ’24 and her service dog, Nugget, at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center.

Cornell Animal Science major Genesis Contreras ’24 needed her service dog to keep her safe while working with the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab, but Nugget, a 4-year-old beagle, needed to be safe as well. A team across Cornell found a solution: "doggles."
Two Grey headed flying foxes (bats) shown hanging in a tree

Preserving and restoring natural habitats could prevent pathogens that originate in wildlife from spilling over into domesticated animals and humans, according to two new companion studies.
A graphical representation of taking care of the Earth, showing two hands clasping the natural world with buildings in the middle


It is no longer possible to separate the health of the planet from the health of its people. Disease patterns are changing as the climate does, and human health is at risk from loss of biodiversity, depleted water supplies, environmental toxins, and collapsing food systems. 
A colony of bats hanging in trees by Bat colony by Forencia Lewis-unsplash

Raina Plowright, a disease ecologist at Cornell University who studies pandemic prevention, has been studying Hendra virus in bats. She advises us to pay attention to bat habitat and to keep bats well-fed and healthy in order to reduce the risk of bat-borne viruses passing from animals into humans.
An adult elephant with two young elephants following behind.


Our team has been working in the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area to reduce wildlife-livestock conflict, improve community livelihoods, and restore ancient wildlife migration pathways, including those of Africa’s largest remaining population of elephants (~220,000). This video was taken by Cornell Wildlife Health Center Dr. Steve Osofsky.
Students at a lab bench during a the fish health workshop at Cornell.

Cornell hosted the Great Lakes Aquaculture Days 2022 Fish Health Workshop. New York state fish farmers, graduate students, and researchers from Cornell and other universities gathered to join for a day of hands-on learning and shared expertise in fish health.
Veterinary students examining a sedated jaguar at the Belize Zoo.

Cornell veterinary students reflect on their experience this past summer in Cornell's International Experience in Wildlife Health and Conservation course, which provided hands-on learning in zoological and conservation medicine at the Belize Zoo.
A student at the symposium poster session showcasing and discussing her work.

In October 2022, CVM's Department of Public and Ecosystem Health held its first departmental symposium, which featured faculty and staff presentations, a student poster session and a panel discussion.
A portrait of Steve Osofsky


Cornell Wildlife Health Center director Dr. Steve Osofsky takes you on a brief tour of our One Health work around the world.
Portrait of a Black bear

A new paper published by the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab team and partners describes the emergence of mange in New York State black bears.