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Over 30 Asiatic lions have died from what appears to be infection with canine distemper virus in India’s Gir National Park, alarming conservationists around the globe.
Beck Turcios in lab


Cornell veterinary student Beck Turcios ‘21 joined the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab’s eDNA project and learned novel diagnostic techniques and new approaches to preserving local salamander biodiversity.

An "Apes and Sustainability" forum held at Cornell University brought together an interdisciplinary group of Cornell faculty, activists, and scientists to explore new perspectives on conserving nonhuman great apes.
Cornell STEM

With eDNA, scientists can count fish and other animals just by collecting a small sample of water.
President of Botswana


In his 2018 State of the Nation Address, the President of Botswana noted the importance of implementing commodity-based trade of beef for Ngamiland, an approach that Cornell has been working on with regional partners to bring the region closer to reconciling foot and mouth disease-related conflict at the livestock / wildlife interface than ever before. The relevant clip is from 47:26 - 48:30.
Scopes Annual Report

Now more than ever, animal and human health issues require solutions that span oceans and borders - and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is hard at work. Read about the impacts our faculty and staff, students, and alumni are having around the globe.
Javan Rhinos

There are only an estimated 68 Javan rhinos left on the planet, and Cornell is working with Indonesian partners to investigate disease threats and translocation techniques to help secure a future for this critically endangered natural treasure.
Namibian child


While conducting research on cheetah nutrition in Africa, Cornell DVM student Elvina Yau '20 also provided educational outreach for local Namibian children, immersing herself in the local culture.

By mining nature’s resources at an unsustainable rate, global societies can flourish in the short term, but face significant impacts from the degradation of nature’s life support systems over the longer term.
A portrait of biobank director at an award ceremony

Cornell's Dr. Maria Castelhano was invited to participate in a global taskforce to standardize biobanking practices. Since most of the world's facilities are for human biobanks, Dr. Castelhano's presence ensured that biobanks which collect animal samples are represented.