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.

Veterinarians Interested in Developing Areas (VIDA)

Veterinarians Interested in Developing aims to connect internationally-minded veterinary students with opportunities to study or work abroad and assists in organizing Expanding Horizons presentations.

Tropical Biology and Conservation Graduate Student Association (TBC-GSA)

The Tropical Biology and Conservation Graduate Student Association 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. 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 more. 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)

The Veterinary One Health Association aims to provide graduate and veterinary students with programming and lectures on One Health and public health topics, and to provide networking opportunities for students interested in veterinary public health. VOHA organized the annual Veterinary One Health Symposium in Ithaca, NY, held in the fall at the vet school, and host the George C. Poppensiek Visiting Professor of Global Health lecture series. The Cornell OIE Junior Ambassador sits on our board, and thus, VOHA also hosts OIE campaign events such as lectures/labs related to African Swine Fever, antimicrobial resistance, etc.

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