Student Organizations

List of Student Organizations with Zoo/Wildlife/Exotics opportunities:

Zoo and Wildlife Society (ZAWS)
The Zoo and Wildlife Society (ZAWS) strives to provide educational opportunities in zoological, exotic, and wildlife medicine for veterinary students and the greater Cornell community. ZAWS aims to promote programs in research, husbandry, education, and conservation. We present lectures, wet labs, and field trips to students throughout the year. Student representatives in the fields of reptile and amphibian medicine, avian medicine, aquatic animal medicine, exotic mammal medicine, and wildlife medicine help to promote the diverse interests within our organization. In addition, we proudly host the Special Species Symposium biennially, which brings veterinary students and professionals together in a three-day event that features an array of expert speakers and unique activities in fields outside of the standard veterinary curriculum.  For questions, email


Wildlife Disease Association (WDA)

The Cornell chapter of the Wildlife Disease Association is run as a subset of the Zoo and Wildlife Society.  WDA connects students, faculty, and researchers interested in free-ranging wildlife.


Vets In Developing Areas (VIDA)

– Other clubs sometimes host zoo, wildlife, or exotics-related lectures and labs – including Surgery Club, Theriogenology Club, American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP), Veterinary Education Club, Animal Behavior Club, and more.
– Contact individual clubs for more information!  If you cannot find up-to-date contact information for clubs by searching online, feel free to use the Contact Us page for this blog and we will try and point you to the correct people 🙂


Tropical Biology and Conservation Graduate Student Association (TBC-GSA)
The Tropical Biology and Conservation Graduate Student Association (TBC-GSA) is an international organization which promotes wildlife biology and conservation by facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists. Faced with complex and multifaceted global issues, our scientific approach must integrate knowledge across seemingly distant areas of study. This past year, Cornell’s graduate community started their own chapter of TBC-GSA with these goals in mind.  With collaboration between Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Natural Resources, we hope other graduate school departments will follow suite, joining the conversation to create a more unified graduate community.  Our biweekly meetings vary, from student and faculty research presentations to topic driven discussion. Topics range from tropical biology and ecology, to anthropology, one health, veterinary medicine, indigenous studies, sustainability and environmental studies and much. The TBC-GSA’s goal is to bridge the many disciplines that work in conservation and biology at Cornell to facilitate multidisciplinary approaches towards projects and research.  For questions, contact



Veterinary One Health Association (VOHA)

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