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Annual Open House at the Veterinary College scene with family and staff.

A beloved tradition returned to Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine this past week. After a three-year, pandemic-induced hiatus, the college invited the community to its 54th annual Open House.
A tiger lying down on the forest floor.

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The contraction of the global tiger population over the last 100 years into small, often isolated subpopulations has made them increasingly vulnerable to the impact of disease. Despite this, the health of wild tigers continues to be insufficiently funded and explored.
A collage of new Professorships.

In recognition of their outstanding scholarship and service, multiple members of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty have been granted named professorships, including Drs. Raina Plowright and Gary Whittaker.
Peregrine “Peri” Wolff, D.V.M. ‘84 shown holding a turtle.

In 2022, Peregrine “Peri” Wolff, DVM ‘84, was invited to serve on the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Advisory Council and the Women’s Engagement & Philanthropy Initiative, supporting Cornell's focus on wildlife health and its connections to public, domestic animal and environmental health.
Danielle Sosnicki shown standing next to a bird sculpture.


Danielle Sosnicki is a Biomedical & Biological Sciences PhD Candidate in the Travis Lab at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is studying mechanisms that are involved in the maturation and function of sperm, with a concentration in Zoology and Wildlife Conservation.
Free-roaming dog shown curled up asleep on the ground.

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Canine distemper virus is a global multi-host pathogen that can be fatal in a range of species. This latest study shows that the presence of free-roaming dogs around protected areas in Nepal could represent a source of infectious disease for transmission to local wildlife, including endangered tigers.
African forest image by Yaayaa Diallo from Pixabay

An investigation conducted by ProPublica found that deforestation could increase the risk of Ebola spilling over into people at several sites in Africa. As part of their research, ProPublica consulted with Cornell's Dr. Raina Plowright, who is also a senior author of the theoretical model used in their analysis.
Moose cow and calf courtesy of NYS DEC.

Cornell scientists have been part of a multiphase project looking at factors influencing reproductive and survival rates of adult moose, availability of moose habitat and population estimates.
AA Bengal tiger walking through the jungle by R. Gilbert

Cornell researchers have confirmed the first cases of canine distemper virus in tigers and leopards in Nepal. This is significant, as both populations are already threatened and the virus can cause fatal neurological disease.
Dr. Laura Goodman holding one of the nanoscale PCR pathogen arrays her lab has developed.

Cornell's Dr. Laura Goodman says there's evidence that warming temperatures have already led to the emergence of a new fungal disease, Candida auris. She says that it's probably harmless for many people, but those with compromised immune systems may be at risk.