Summer 2021

Because we need nature, and now nature needs us
Dear Friends of the Cornell Wildlife Health Center,

I invite you to read our feature story, Celebrating the Achievements of Recent Cornell Veterinary Medicine Alumni: Saving the World is a Growth Industry!, which highlights the early (yet unsurprising) successes of some of the first Cornell Veterinary Medicine graduates to have contributed to and benefited from Cornell Wildlife Health Center momentum. These alumni, while in the early stages of their exciting One Health careers, truly embody our emphasis on impact, teamwork, leadership, and engagement at a range of scales, from local to global.

In short, enjoy a bit of good news!

Yours in One Health,

Steve Osofsky, DVM
Director, Cornell Wildlife Health Center
Jay Hyman Professor of Wildlife Health & Health Policy
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell's Dr. Steve Osofsky and colleagues reemphasize that a One Health approach is urgently needed to prevent future pandemics — simultaneously addressing human, animal and ecosystem health — protecting humanity and nature.
Read our latest blog from Cornell’s Veterinary Toxicologist Dr. Karyn Bischoff, who writes about the impacts of plastic on the health of wildlife, people, and the environment.
For Endangered Species Day this year, the Cornell Wildlife Health Center highlighted our focus on conservation impact in support of a diverse range of species and ecosystems.
When in-person programs in aquatic animal medicine were canceled due to the pandemic, two Cornell veterinary students worked with Aquatics Health Scientist Dr. Rod Getchell to devise an interactive virtual course on fish health.
Cornell's Dr. Martin Gilbert discusses how infectious diseases likely represent an important threat for endangered dhole populations, and notes that such diseases could even be capable of causing local extinctions.
A litter of orphaned beaver kits traversed more of New York state than most of their species will ever see, before ending up at the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital for medical care. Watch the video here.
The COVID-19 pandemic is the latest reminder that human interactions with the animal world pose risks we must better understand. Dr. Steve Osofsky describes how he would like to see an international treaty focused on limiting specific human activities that enhance the risk of pandemics.
A Mongabay commentary co-authored by Dr. Martin Gilbert emphasizes that conservation agencies need to genuinely consider vaccinating high-risk tiger populations for distemper to help mitigate extinction risks.
Chronic wasting disease is a contagious, fatal disease affecting cervids (deer, moose, reindeer, elk). Cornell’s Wildlife Disease Ecologist Dr. Krysten Schuler asks New Yorkers to be on the lookout for cases.
We‘re proud to announce that funding for the Aquatic Animal Health Program has been renewed by the NYSDEC for five years. This program engages scientists and students in research, teaching, diagnostics, and outreach to maintain aquatic ecosystem health.
An interdisciplinary team of researchers, including Cornell’s Dr. Martin Gilbert, collaborated to assess the impact of habitat loss and fragmentation on tiger populations.
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The Cornell Wildlife Health Center transforms science into impact through discovery, education, engagement, and policy to ensure a healthy future for wildlife and the environment that supports us all.

To learn more about the Cornell Wildlife Health Center, please contact Dr. Steve Osofsky at or visit our website.

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