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Cornell University

Emma Houck

Zoological Veterinarian

Emma Houck is a veterinarian who applies medical knowledge to improve the health and welfare of wildlife species in managed and free-ranging environments. As a clinical veterinarian, she provides specialized preventive and emergency care to the animals at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY. She also trains future veterinarians in classroom and clinical settings by connecting their traditional training to the vast biodiversity of the animal kingdom.

Emma’s clinically-oriented research optimizes the anesthesia, analgesia, euthanasia, and welfare of wildlife—from megavertebrates to invertebrates. She most recently investigated non-steroidal anti-inflammatories in white rhinoceros, injuries sustained by blue marlin during fishing tournaments, and methods of euthanasia in cockroaches. READ MORE