Winter 2022-23
Dear Friends of the Cornell Wildlife Health Center,

I’m very excited to share that the Cornell Wildlife Health Center has just launched a new Student Support Fund that will provide valuable opportunities for Cornell veterinary students passionate about wildlife to apply what they’re learning in the classroom in the real world. Read the press release here: Cornell Wildlife Health Center Starts New Fund to Get More Students into the Wild.

The planet’s biodiversity remains underserved by veterinarians and other health and conservation professionals who can meet the rising tide of One Health challenges. This fund is modeled after the highly successful Cornell Expanding Horizons Program, which funds DVM students to apprentice and/or carry-out research with veterinary mentors in developing countries.

Our new fund will support students seeking to participate in equally valuable training opportunities outside of those countries, including here in the U.S., so that they can work with, for example, state or national wildlife agencies, wildlife rehabilitation centers, zoological institutions, aquariums, and beyond. We’ll also provide travel stipends for students to present research findings at professional conferences and thus expand their networks of One Health colleagues. Finally, funding will be available for mentored wildlife health research on campus.

We could not have launched this fund without your support. I hope you’ll join us in celebrating this life-changing program, and if you would like to learn more or help sustain this fund into the future, please reach out to me.
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
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Save the Date: Cornell Giving Day is Thursday, March 16!
On Cornell Giving Day, alumni, friends, and supporters all over the world come together to make a difference. Our critical wildlife conservation work is completely dependent upon funding we're able to raise. Will you consider making a gift or signing up as a fundraiser for the Cornell Wildlife Health Center this year? Your support literally means the world to us.
Did you know there are many other ways to give?
  • Make a gift of securities, including stocks, bonds, or mutual funds
  • Make a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA 
  • Name us as a beneficiary of your estate or trust
  • Donate through your donor-advised fund
  • Set-up a gift annuity

Please consider supporting the Cornell Wildlife Health Center by giving online or contacting Alison Smith at 607-254-6129 or Naming opportunities can also be explored. Thank you!
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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