AQUAVET: A Quest in Understanding Aquatics in a Very Efficient Timeframe

Second-year veterinary student Jason Sifkarovski spent four weeks with AQUAVET, a Cornell summer course in aquatic animal medicine. “When I arrived at RWU, I anticipated a course focused mostly on captive animal medicine and husbandry with some emphasis on conservation. Four weeks later, however, we had also covered aquaculture, public health, toxicology, and private fish practice and trade.” The course discussed invertebrates, birds, fish, reptiles, and marine mammals, covering natural history, anatomy, and physiology before diving into species-specific disease, diagnostics, and treatment. Students participated in lectures, labs, field trips, and surgeries. Continue reading

Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Chillán, Chile

Second year student Lauren Johnson spent 10 weeks in Chillán, Chile with support from Cornell’s Expanding Horizons program, researching milk quality at dairy farms in the region. While she was there, she also spent time at the University of Concepción’s Center for the Rescue and Rehabilitation of Wildlife, which provides medical care and rehabilitation for native Chilean wildlife, with the end goal of releasing the animals back into the wild. Continue reading

Event: Transboundary Animal Diseases and Wildlife

Transboundary Animal Diseases and Wildlife
Monday, November 13th
4:00PM, LH4

Outbreaks of Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs) in domestic animal populations cause significant negative economic, trade and/or food security consequences. Several wildlife animal species are the natural reservoirs of the infectious agents causing TADs in domestic animals. This creates significant challenges in the prevention and control programs of such diseases. At the same time, outbreaks of TADs in domestic animal populations frequently “spill over” to wildlife and feral animal populations with significant morbidity and mortality consequences. Early recognition, diagnosis, control and eradication of TADs are some of the most important activities of veterinary professionals all over the world.

Dr. Alfonso Torres, Professor Emeritus, will review some aspects of the most important TADs that have an effect on the health of domestic and wildlife animal populations around the globe.
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Challenges in Livestock, Wildlife, and Human Health in Communities near Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

What: Megan Lee will be presenting on her experience working in Uganda through Expanding Horizons.  She will be making Ugandan curried potatoes, beans, rice, and chicken stew. 
When: Thursday, November 2, 6-7pm
Where: S1-222 in the vet school, hosted by VIDA Continue reading

Event: “Ecological literacy and biodiversity conservation: insights from Ecuador”

What: Dr. Olivier Dangles from L’Insitut de Recherche pour le Développement will be coming to this week’s Tropical Biology and Conservation meeting to give a talk.  Pizza and beverages will be provided.
When: Wednesday, November 1, 5:00pm
Where: Emerson Hall room 135 Continue reading

Chimpanzee Medicine in the Republic of Congo

Melissa Hanson, third year DVM student at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, worked with chimpanzees at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo this summer. Through Engaged Cornell and the Jane Goodall Institute, Melissa analyzed behavior and social interactions of the chimpanzees, conducted wellness exams, and also developed a body condition score (BCS) system for chimpanzees that will allow caregivers in the future to monitor nutrition and well-being in a non-invasive manner. Continue reading

EVENT: Saving Wildlife & “Wildlands” in Central Belize

What: The Zoo and Wildlife Society (ZAWS) will be hosting a lunch lecture with the education director at the Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Center, Jamal Andrewin.  The presentation will celebrate the partnership between Cornell’s College of Vet Medicine and the Belize Zoo, and it will cover ways in which students and faculty can get involved.
When: Friday, November 3rd, 12:00-12:50 pm
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EVENT: On The Wild Side: Navigating Conflict Between Private and Public Lion Conservation Interests at Antelope Park, Zimbabwe

Shanina Halbert will be giving an Expanding Horizons presentation on her experience in Zimbabwe.  Shanina will be making roasted squash and a traditional drink for the first 30 people.
When: Thursday, October 26 from 6-7 pm.
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The Elephant Diaries, Part 2: Field Necropsy

Second year veterinary student Elvina Yau spent the summer in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working with elephants. “Field Necropsy” discusses the logistics and difficulties of conducting a necropsy in the field on an 8,000 pound male elephant. This is the second installation in her series about her experience: The Elephant Diaries. Continue reading

Focus on Planetary Health at the Tropical Biology and Conservation Lightning Symposium

The worlds of veterinary medicine, public health, conservation, and ecology came together during Saturday’s Tropical Biology and Conservation Lightning Symposium.  The symposium consisted of 23 five minute talks, given by veterinary students, graduate students, undergraduate students, and professors, prefaced by an hour-long keynote speech by Steven Osofsky, DVM. Continue reading

Event: Tropical River Seminar

Time: Friday, October 20 at 4:00 pm
Location: Morison Room, A106 Corson Hall
Dr. Steve Hamilton will be giving a talk titled “Dams large and small: Ecosystem impacts on the world’s tropical river systems”.  Steve is a professor of ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry at Michigan State University and has done extensive work in Australia and South America.  Continue reading

Buffalo Trypanosomiasis, A One Health Approach

This past summer, third year veterinary student Will Fugina traveled to Java Indonesia for an incredible internship made possible and funded by Engaged Cornell, a One Health Conservation Medicine course (VTMED 6743 (NTRES 4150) created by Dr. Radcliffe at Cornell University. In this post, he writes about his experience in Cegog, the most remote village in Java. It is the buffer village closest to the protected Ujung Kulon National Park. Through his work with Cornell University, Engaged Cornell, and WWF, Will was instrumental in implementing an emergency response to an outbreak of buffalo trypanosomiasis, drafting policy and protocols and conducting physical exams. “Not one person, nor one profession can fix all the complex problems involved in conservation. Confronting human, animal and environmental health requires collaboration between institutions, disciplines, cultures, and countries.”
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Tropical Biology & Conservation Lightning Symposium

Saturday October 21st
10:00am to 3:00pm
Emerson Hall Room 135

The symposium will start with a Keynote by Dr. Steven Osofsky from the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, entitled “Wildlife Health in a Rapidly Changing World,” followed by 24 lightning talks by Cornell faculty and students regarding the ecology, health, and conservation of tropical organisms and ecosystems.
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Training opportunity – Smithsonian wildlife courses

Graduate/Professional Training: Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
Front Royal, Virginia, USA

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, a partnership between George Mason University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), offers a range of intensive, residential short courses hosted in our sustainably-built Academic Center on the grounds of SCBI in Front Royal, Virginia, USA.

MCCS 0525: Non-Invasive Techniques and Applications in Wildlife Endocrinology – July 23 – August 3, 2018
MCCS 0523: Practical Zoo Nutrition Management – May 7 – May 11, 2018 Continue reading

Events: Professor Andrew Dobson

Professor Andrew Dobson of Princeton University is coming to Cornell as an Andrew D. White Professors-at-Large to give two talks:

1. “What have birds told me about old and emerging pathogens” on Tuesday October 17th at 5 pm in lecture hall 4 of the vet school atrium
2. “Elephants, Ivory and the Wildlife Trade” on Thursday October 19th at 5:30 pm in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall Continue reading