WCS Health Programs

The WCS Health Programs encompass one of the oldest zoological veterinary programs ever established, with full-time staff beginning in 1902, and construction of a zoo hospital in 1916. Over a century later, The Zoological Health Program continues to provide specialized care for animals within our Zoos and Aquarium as well as local and international field projects, and WCS Health Programs are globally recognized for excellence in zoological and wildlife medicine, pathology, and global health conservation initiatives. WCS developed its Field Veterinary Program (FVP)—the first and largest of its kind—in 1989 in response to the growing recognition of the critical role of wildlife health in both conservation and development. The FVP expanded to become the innovative WCS Health Program, working around the world on a range of threats facing wildlife, livelihoods, and human health. These include disease issues facing big cats and great apes, endangered turtle recovery and reintroduction, wildlife-livestock disease interactions and emerging zoonotic diseases. Scroll down for highlights of our recent work....

In the news

September 17, 2020

Wildlife Trade Under Scrutiny

To reduce risk of future novel disease spillover with potential for devastating pandemics, we must a...
September 1, 2020

How to Stop the Next Pandemic

WCS Health Program's Dr Chris Walzer, spoke with the New York Times as part of this must watch short...
August 28, 2020

Read Our Summer Newsletter: Big Cats and COVID

From the recovery of the Bronx Zoo's Big Cats from COVID-19, to the links between ecological degrada...
August 24, 2020

High Transmission Capacity of Pathogens in Wildlife Trade

An article in El Pais this week highlights the recently published important findings of WCS scientis...

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