Third-year veterinary student Zack Dvornicky-Raymond spent the summer of 2016 working with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia on the Livestock Guard Dog Project, a unique approach to human-wildlife conflict that places Anatolian Shepherd/Kangal dogs with farmers to reduce livestock predation. Protecting livestock reduces retaliatory killings against cheetahs and improves the outlook of local communities on cheetahs. Zack’s work addressed reproductive setbacks in the breeding colony, pinpointing medical problems and creating new management protocols that have since resulted in multiple successful litters. Continue reading
Second-year veterinary and MPH student J Hunter Reed delivers a timely charge to current and future veterinarians: stand guard for these coming years, as they will bring a myriad of challenges. You will be there, and our world will need you. At the end of the day, it will not be individual knowledge that will save this planet – it will be the collective wisdom of many minds working together as a team towards one common objective: to protect Life. Wherever you are and whatever your specialty, push yourself to collaborate. It will frustrate you; it will humble you; but, most importantly, it will inspire you. And through that inspiration, I hope you come to appreciate that this world is a remarkable one – and in fact, our only one. It needs our help now more than ever, and we must work together, as one, to protect it. Continue reading
Second-year veterinary student Rachel Somma (class of 2020) was forced to overcome her fear of planes when she attended a weeklong hands-on course at the Belize Zoo, led by Cornell faculty. “I watched and sometimes assisted in multiple procedures, including an enucleation surgery on a jaguar with glaucoma, tuberculosis testing on spider monkeys, and multiple dental examinations and tooth extractions on jaguars, jaguarundis, a silver fox, and a kinkajou. My favorite case, however, was Maggie the frigate bird.” Continue reading
This summer, second-year veterinary student Kristie Schott received funding to travel to Chiapas, Mexico for the Wildlife Disease Association (WDA) 66th annual conference. The conference spanned topics from pathology to evolutionary genomics, and from disease ecology modeling to reports on disease outbreaks and their implications for management and conservation. She also had the chance to explore Chiapas, which boasts over 11,000 species, including 140 fish, 109 amphibians, 227 reptiles, 694 birds, 206 mammals, and 6.5% of the world’s butterfly species. Continue reading
What: A joint webinar sponsored by the Society for Ecological Restoration and the ATBC. You can sign-up to watch it by going to http://tropicalbiology.org/career-development/webinars/role-secondary-forests/.
When: Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST Continue reading
Third year veterinary student Amy Trey spent the summer working in the villages in and around Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. Her research project focused on brucellosis and tuberculosis in the cattle that live in close proximity to endangered wildlife species within the park, using a true One Health approach to her conservation question. Read her post to learn more about how the health of domestic animals and humans is related to the health and conservation of wildlife species! Continue reading
Chronic Wasting Disease & Brainworm Lecture & Necropsy Lab
Thursday, November 30th
5 -7PM @ Animal Health Diagnostic Center
Join ZAWS and Pathology Club for a lecture and lab on Chronic Wasting Disease & Brainworm infections in native ungulates, with Dr. Krysten Schuler and Anatomic Pathology Residents! Lecture will discuss control of these diseases in wild ungulates, and how to collect samples for diagnosis (with specimen demonstration). In lab we will be collecting samples from white-tailed deer specimens so please wear scrubs/lab coat! Continue reading
BESS seminar series welcomes Dr. Amanda Subalusky
Title: Animal migrations and resource subsidies influence river ecosystem dynamics
Where: Morison Room, A106 Corson Hall
When: Friday, November 10th, 4:00 pm
Refreshments following seminar
Morning discussion group with Amanda
Title: Annual mass drownings of the Serengeti wildebeest migration influence nutrient cycling and storage in the Mara River
Where: Cole Room, A306 Corson Hall
When: Friday, December 1st, 10:00-11:00 am
Refreshments provided Continue reading
Second year veterinary student Elvina Yau spent the summer in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working with elephants. “Community Cooperation” describes her experience working with veterinarians and members of the community to ensure the welfare of elephants during construction of irrigation tunnels, which required detonating explosives in the area where the elephants live. This is the fourth installation in her series about her experience: The Elephant Diaries. Continue reading
Second year veterinary student Elvina Yau spent the summer in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working with elephants. “Client Conflict” describes Elvina’s work with a young elephant showing signs of infection with Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus. This is the third installation in her series about her experience: The Elephant Diaries. Continue reading
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
What: William Fugina will talk about his experience this summer with Javan Rhino conservation in Indonesia. He will be serving an authentic vegetarian Indonesian dish so bring your own tupperware.
When: Wednesday, November 14, 4pm
Where: Lecture Hall 2, at the vet school Continue reading
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
Transboundary Animal Diseases and Wildlife
Monday, November 13th
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.
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
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
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
The Department of Entomology will be hosting their annual insect fair where visitors can interact with live insects, spiders, and other arthropods. The cost of entry is $3 per person.
When: Saturday, October 28 between 9 am and 3 pm
Where: Comstock Hall Continue reading
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
Where: LH2 Continue reading
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.
Where: S1-222, at the vet school Continue reading