Because we need nature, and nature needs us

Special Announcement: September 2020
Dear Friends of the Cornell Wildlife Health Center,

As we all continue to navigate these uncertain times, I wanted to share and celebrate some good news with you I'm excited to announce our official launch as the Cornell Wildlife Health Center, as supported by our new website. Some may feel that this is a strange time to be moving forward with this endeavor, but I would disagree: the inextricable relationships between humanity and the natural world have never been more clear.

From the devastating impacts of the pandemic crisis to apocalyptic wildfires in the American West and around the world to the hurricanes rolling in, these events are a stark reminder that we need much more widespread understanding of the fact that our own health and well-being are intimately tied to how we treat the natural world. Forests, freshwater systems, oceans, grasslands and the biodiversity within them support humanity with (among other things) clean air, clean water, a climate stabilizing mechanism and healthy food. Thus, whether we are talking about mitigating the global climate crisis or preventing the next pandemic, we need to redefine our relationships with wild nature and our fellow species at this critical juncture in the history of human civilization. The health of people, wildlife and domestic animals are all inextricably linked and impacted by how well — or not — we steward environmental and socioeconomic policies.

Wildlife populations have continued to decline dramatically. But there is still hope a recent study published in Conservation Letters shows that since 1993, extinction rates for birds and mammals would have been 3-4 times higher without conservation action. At this critical time for the future of the world's wildlife, the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine has made us an official Center in recognition of our demonstrated success in enhancing synergy among our many wildlife health programs, augmenting student opportunities, and promoting a multidisciplinary approach to addressing key wildlife conservation as well as related public health challenges. The Center unites wildlife health professionals and other stakeholders from across the college, the university, and the world, with a mandate for moving science into policy and action for developing long-term solutions that benefit the health of people and nature alike.

To learn more, please see this press release on our launch, and on our work to secure a healthy future for wildlife and wild places, and thus for all of us.

Thank you for your interest and support, and I hope that you are all keeping safe,


Steve Osofsky, DVM
Director, Cornell Wildlife Health Center
Jay Hyman Professor of Wildlife Health & Health Policy
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Explore Our New Website
We invite you to explore our new website and discover the ways our work improves the lives of wildlife, domestic animals, and people. Below are additional highlights on our growing array of programs.
Our Areas of Work
Addressing health threats to wild carnivore conservation worldwide.
Protecting the health and safety of wild rhinos.
Improving and sustaining aquatic ecosystem health.
Training the next generation of conservation leaders and engaging local communities.
Promoting the health of North American wildlife populations.
Addressing animal and human health, facilitating conservation, alleviating poverty.
Caring for native wild animals in need in the northeastern U.S.
Providing veterinary care for a diversity of species.
Addressing the public health impacts of human-induced environmental change.
Applying the latest advances in biotechnology to support wildlife conservation.
Applying cutting-edge science to detect and diagnose disease.
Learn how our work addresses wildlife health in a rapidly changing world.
Read about the exciting things our scientists are doing in the field.
From the forests of the Adirondacks to the plains of southern Africa to the jungles of Asia, see where our experts are working around the world.
One of our priorities is to help students prepare for life-changing careers in conservation.
Meet some of our dedicated team members.
Learn more about who we are, and our strategies for sustaining a healthier future.
Your gift literally means the world to us!
Please consider supporting the Cornell Wildlife Health Center by giving online, or contacting Alison Smith at 607-254-6129 or <>.
The Cornell Wildlife Health Center envisions a healthy future for wildlife, people and planet. We strive to develop proactive, science-based approaches for sustaining a healthier world. By improving knowledge, understanding, and capacity at the interface of wildlife health, domestic animal health, and human health and livelihoods, environmental stewardship can be enhanced today, and for tomorrow.

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

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