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After years of planning and months of implementation, the Cornell Veterinary Biobank has achieved international accreditation under a new global standard, making it the first biobank of any type to earn such a distinction.

In her new book Ocean Outbreak, Cornell's Dr. Drew Harvell explains the challenges, the need for action, and the reasons for hope when our oceans are under siege from disease, including chapters on coral health, sea star wasting disease, and ecosystem services-based solutions.
A sea turtle shown swimming above a coral reef

A recent United Nations report states that up to 1 million species face extinction as a result of human activity. Despite the grim figure, Cornell Wildlife Health Center's Dr. Steve Osofsky says it's not too late to protect global biodiversity - and humanity, ultimately dependent upon wild nature.
A small herd of Sprinbok antelope on the African plain


The Cornell Wildlife Health Center's Dr. Steve Osofsky discusses the recent U.S. IPBES report on unprecedented extinction rates (Dr. Osofsky's interview starts at 20:57).
A poster with the text "Feeding the World Without Devouring It" -- A Planetary Health Symposium


The Cornell Wildlife Health Center co-hosted "Feeding the World Without Devouring It - A Planetary Health Symposium," a lively discussion on food, food security, and environmental stewardship. Guest speakers came from diverse walks of life to share their experiences and perspectives. 
A portrait of Dr. Jarra Jagne

The work of Dr. Jarra Jagne, a veterinarian and senior extension associate at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, illustrates the contribution veterinarians make to public health.
A healthy sea star shown on a sandy substrate with green algae

A recent discovery is cause for celebration — scientists found hundreds of healthy sea stars along the West Coast, representing a hoped-for recovery after dramatic population declines. 
Drew Harvell shown with marine organisms in a holding tank


Cornell's Dr. Drew Harvell discusses how oceans and the life forms they support are under siege, threatened by a formidable collection of forces that cause both sudden mass mortalities and a slow degradation of biodiversity.

For Your Information

Isabel Jimenez, a 4th-year Cornell veterinary student, is the lead author on the paper "Isolation of Rabies Virus from the Salivary Glands of Wild and Domestic Carnivores during a Skunk Rabies Epizootic" in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases.
A Timber rattlesnake shown on a rocky substrate


Snake Fungal Disease (SFD) is caused by the fungus Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola and it poses a significant threat to wild snakes in the eastern United States. First discovered in 2006 in a declining New Hampshire population of timber rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus), SFD has now been recorded in over a dozen species.