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....

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August 11, 2020

The Next Virus Pandemic Is Not Far Away

Joe Walston, senior vice-president at the WCS, spoke with the Financial Times, highlighting the risk...
August 8, 2020

In Africa, Wildlife Raises the Risk of Deadly Diseases

The Wildlife Conservation Society's Central Africa Program has identified key, multi-sectoral steps ...
July 10, 2020

STATEMENT: On the UN Environment Programme report on zoonotic disease

WCS commends the recent UNEP report "Preventing the Next Pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and h...
July 6, 2020

Today is World Zoonoses Day

 Zoonotic diseases result from pathogens jumping or spilling over between animals and humans. T...

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