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Wildlife Pathology

Advancing the study and diagnosis of animal diseases, and identifying infectious and toxic agents in samples

Wildlife pathologists at Cornell University have extensive experience in diagnosing diseases of free-ranging and captive wildlife. Like all veterinary pathologists, we are trained in the diseases of domestic animals, but have sought out additional experience and training in wildlife disease. Thus, we can use a comparative approach in order to determine the cause of death in species for which there is little published information. Moreover, the wildlife pathologists at Cornell collaborate with other specialists around the world, and we work hard to reach a diagnosis, whether for a hummingbird or a moose.

In addition to providing expert diagnostics, we help monitor disease trends in wildlife populations, advance research on wildlife disease and test development, and train the next generation of wildlife health experts in veterinary pathology.