Elizabeth Bunting has been a wildlife and zoo veterinarian since 1999, working in a variety of settings including zoos, wildlife clinics and private practice. After completing a zoo and wildlife residency at Cornell, she began working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and her colleague Dr. Krysten Schuler to design and build a comprehensive statewide wildlife health program. Their program works to develop high quality information about disease ecology in wildlife species through surveillance and research, with the goal of protecting and sustaining healthy native wildlife populations.
Dr. Bunting's research is broadly collaborative, applied, and typically driven by the need to solve a pressing real world problem - like improving release survival in captive reared endangered salamanders, investigating the potential impact of a newly discovered retrovirus on wild turkeys, reducing mortality from heavy metals and rodenticides in raptors, or developing new diagnostic tools for identifying pathogens in amphibians. At any given time, she may have more than a dozen active projects combining field and laboratory work with colleagues from around the country in a variety of disciplines. READ MORE