Event: Shark necroscopy lab

What: ZAWS will host their Shark Necropsy Lab, led by Dr. Willy Bemis, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology here at Cornell. Dr. Bemis studies the anatomy, development, and evolutionary relationships of fossil and living fishes including sharks, lungfishes, coelacanths, bowfins, sturgeons and paddlefishes.  This lab is only open to 20 DUES PAYING MEMBERS.

When: April 10th, 4-6 pm

Where: Belinski Wet Lab

All participants must wear scrubs.  Sign up for lab and dinner here


Event: “Every Picture Tells a Story: How to Create Visual Stories in the Field”

What: ZAWS be hosting David Brown, an award-winning cinematographer, to teach a course in wildlife photography/cinematography and visual storytelling, including its importance in wildlife conservation. The course will be taught in two 2-hour sessions.  To get the most out of the course you should attend both lectures, but if you can only attend one that is okay.

When: April 10th and April 18th, 6-8pm

Where: Lecture Hall Floor, the vet school

Dinner will be served.  Sign up here

Dinner Lecture: Conservation with communities

What: Join ZAWS for a lecture from the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) veterinary team as part of the JGI Republic of Congo Program! Dr. Rebeca Atencia and Sofia Fernandez will discuss JGI initiatives in Congo as well as their experiences in conservation and global veterinary medicine.  Bring your own plates and utensils.

When: Tuesday March 13th, 6:00 PM

Where: Lecture Hall 4, the vet school

Dinner Lecture: Our Costly Obsession, The Problem of Plastic Waste and What You Can do to Help

What:  Join ZAWS and WVLDI as we welcome Mariah Beck to speak about the problem of plastic pollution, and what we can do to help, her own waste-less lifestyle, and the sense of empowerment it has provided her!

This event will include a very brief lecture followed by a workshop on how you can produce less waste and empower others to take action!

When:  Monday, March 5, 6-7pm

Where: LH4, the vet school

Event: ZAWS February Journal Club

When: Tuesday, February 20th, 6pm

Where: Centennial Room (S2 120)

Theme: Diseases at the Livestock-Wildlife Interface



How to get involved with Journal Club:

– Choose one of the 7 journal articles from the link below and read it prior to journal club
– Enter your article selection in the appropriate space in the sign-up sheet in the link below
– Bring any questions, comments, points of discussion that the article may have raised for you (the more you bring the better!)
– Feel free to come with any questions you may have for how the papers relate to the practice of medicine/your curriculum
-We’ll cover different journals (JZWM, JWD, JAMS, JEMS, JEPM, etc.) and themes every month so feel free to make a request.
– Dr. Hopf will guide the discussion and answer questions.

Why you should participate in Journal Club:
-Learn how to read and critique scientific literature. Note – not only will you have to do this on clinics, for your senior seminar, and for your entire career, but if you want to be board-certified, you need to write papers and know the current literature for the exam.
-It’s completely ok if you’ve never done this before, we will help you!
-Discuss cool, cutting-edge zoo, wildlife, and exotics stuff. This is not stuff that we learn in our curriculum.
-Spend time with some awesome people in a relaxed, non-judgmental environment. 🙂
-Sometimes, read the work of your very own professors and/or residents!
-It’s FUN!

Sign up here.  Get February journal club articles here.


Dinner Lecture: Conseration of Przewalski’s Horses in the Great Gobi B

Dr. Christian Walzer, executive director of the Wildlife Conservation Society and head of Conservation Medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria will present a 50min talk to the Cornell Graduate Community on his work with Przewalski Horse Conservation in the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area, a nature preserve in South-Western Mongolia.

Also joining Dr. Walzer will by Dr. PK Robbins Walzer, a clinical veterinarian with over 25 years experience in a wide variety of zoological collections, including zoos in Los Angeles, San Diego and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Dr. Walzer’s talk will be followed by a Q & A with both Dr. Walzer and Dr. Robbins Walzer to discuss general aspects of careers in conservation and zoo medicine.

When: Thursday, February 15 at 5:30 PM

Where: LH4, the vet school

RSVP here or through the email sent out on the ZAWS listserv

About Przewalski’s horses:
The Przewalski’s horse, called “Takhi” in Mongolian, is an endangered species of wild equid native to the steppes of central Asia. It became extinct in the wild and has only survived due to captive breeding. The Przewalski’s horse has now been reintroduced to its native range and is the target of numerous conservation efforts. Unlike the American mustang, which is descended from feral domestic horses, the Przewalski’s horse is a unique species of equid which has never been domesticated. It remains the only true wild horse in the world today.

Event: Avian Soft Tissue Surgery Lab

ZAWS has an exciting opportunity to learn about Avian Surgery in another hands on  lab! The event will include a demonstration by Dr. De Matos followed by the opportunity for students to practice suturing, incisions, biopsies, placing esophagostomy tubes, toe amputation, celiotomy, and so much more!

Due to limited space and resources, unfortunately the lab will only be open to the first 20 dues-paying second, third, and fourth years.

Please wear scrubs/lab coats and bring gloves and your dissection kit!

Sign up through the email notification on the ZAWS listserv.

When: February 1st, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Belinski Wet Lab, vet school

EVENT: WILDLIFE HEALTH DAY (time and location updated)

During this 1st annual event, ZAWS will be bringing a selection of diverse speakers, lecturing on topics ranging from the role of reproduction in conservation, the effects of plastic on biodiversity loss, and the importance of nutrition for wildlife conservation.

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sharon Deem, Director of the Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine

Veterinary Medicine in the Anthropocene Epoch:

The lecture will focus on the current challenges of the 21st century: minimizing the loss of biodiversity, feeding 7.6 billion people without causing too much harm to the planet, and mitigating the negative impacts of climate change on animal health. The lecture will be from the perspective of a wildlife veterinarian and her 20+ years of working on free-living wildlife health issues and with zoo collection animals at AZA accredited zoos. Dr. Deem will share stories from her work with elephants in Asia and Africa, turtle species from all over the world, and disease issues at the livestock–wildlife interface. Dr. Deem will also showcase what a veterinarian starting out can do for One Health.


Other speakers include:

Mariah Beck
Jason Sifkarovski
Zack Dvornicky-Raymond
Dr. Sara Childs-Sanford
Dr. Elizabeth Buckles
Dr. Robin Radcliffe

This lecture series will be followed by dinner and the keynote presentation.

Date and Time: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 12:30pm to 8pm

Location: Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine Atrium

Register here or through the email sent out on the ZAWS listserv.


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.

This lecture 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.

This event is sponsored in part by GPSAFC and is open to the entire Cornell graduate community.