Lab Bites

  • October 16, 2020

    MOOSE ON THE MOVE! A friendly reminder to motorists this hunting season, yes deer are on the move, but don't forget about their much larger relative. DEC Advises Public to Be Alert for Moose in the Adirondacks #moose #drivesafe #adirondacks @NYSDEC
  • October 14, 2020

    Keep rabies in mind this hunting season! We have recently had three NY deer submissions (from Cayuga, Cortland, and Ontario counties) that have tested positive for rabies @nysdoh lab. Rabies is a zoonotic disease that can be transmitted from animals to people. Wear disposable gloves when field dressing and butchering your harvest, and wash your hands with soap and water after. Do not consume animals that appear abnormal. Visit our website for more information on these deer, or to check out a rabies fact sheet.
  • September 04, 2020

    The NYS Wildlife Health Program has active surveillance for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in deer every year. We have confirmed cases in 2 counties in NYS. Read the @NYSDEC bulletin here: Follow our Disease Watch tracking on CWHL:
  • August 05, 2020

    Like watching wildlife & taking photos? Good thing @NYSDEC is looking for some! Check out the latest DEC Delivers newsletter for submitting info & more. #wildlife #photography #discovernature

What we do

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Disease Surveillance

On the frontlines of identifying pathogens and toxins in New York wildlife

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Everything from salamanders to moose

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Wildlife Diagnostics

Testing services through the Animal Health Diagnostic Center

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Education & Outreach

Developing resources for professionals and the public

New York State Wildlife Health Program

We protect the health of New York State's wildlife through our partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Learn more about the WHP