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 Wildlife 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, and wildlife-livestock disease interactions.

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In the news

May 22, 2019

Innovative Technique to Monitor Cardiac Function in Geladas

Our Zoo veterinarians and Mammalogy staff have been implementing innovative techniques to understand...
May 6, 2019

Infectious Foot Disease in Huemul: a Deer in Danger of Extinction

The south Andean deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus), also known as the Chilean huemul, is such a cultural ...
April 23, 2019

Read Our Spring Newsletter

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February 19, 2019

Saving the Bats, One Cave at a Time

Understudied bat species and populations in the Western United states are facing the arrival of whit...

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