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.


In the news

August 1, 2018

Read Our Summer Newsletter!

 One World - One HealthTM Summer Newsletter: Triage for 10,000 Tortoises And More News.....
July 31, 2018

WCS Congo Veterinarian Alain Ondzie: Training in France

Dr Alain Ondzie has been a key member of the WCS Congo health program for many years, with expertise...
July 25, 2018

Male Hammer-headed Fruit Bat Vocalization | WCS Wild View

Listen to this male Hammer-headed fruit bat vocalizing at a 'Lek' (a site where they congregate and ...
July 13, 2018

Blog: Environmental DNA (eDNA) for Species Detection and Monitoring

In recent years, there have been a lot of studies on the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) for species...

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