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A Four-toed Salamander shown above the leaf litter by Alex Roukis

Protecting wildlife is hard, and a key step to determine if a wildlife species needs conservation intervention is finding them. The Cornell Wildlife Health Lab's Alyssa Kaganer describes using eDNA techniques to successfully find four-toed salamanders.
Portrait photo of Jennifer Bloodgood

Welcome to new CVM faculty member Dr. Jennifer Bloodgood, a wildlife veterinarian and biologist with interests in free-ranging wildlife health and disease, pathology, infectious disease, and the interface of human and wildlife health.
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.