The Cornell Wildlife Health Lab works to promote the health and long term sustainability of wildlife populations through 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).
The Cornell Wildlife Health Program is partners with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) through the the New York State Wildlife Health Program (WHP).
The WHP is supported by a Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration grant (W-178-R) through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These funds are collected through federal excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment and then apportioned to states for wildlife conservation.