Cornell Wildlife Health Lab

The Cornell Wildlife Health Lab (CWHL) works to promote the health and long-term sustainability of wildlife populations in the northeastern U.S. through the integration of the fields of wildlife ecology and veterinary medicine. We conduct disease surveillance and collaborative research, develop diagnostic tools, and communicate findings through training, teaching, and public outreach. The lab is based at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC).

Part of our mission to provide disease surveillance and monitor wildlife health is fulfilled by the partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Our team of biologists and veterinarians examines hundreds of submitted wildlife cases each year to investigate the causes of mortality. Real-time field surveillance allows us to establish common disease patterns as well as to rapidly detect and respond to new and emerging threats that can impact wildlife, domestic animal, and human health. The CWHL is also a member of the Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative, a consortium of veterinary diagnostic laboratories providing wildlife diagnostic services, expertise, training, and research support to state and federal wildlife agencies in the region.

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