Upcoming Events for the 2019-2020 Year

We’ve got a lot of fun and exciting events planned for this semester! Everything from field trips, to workshops, to seminars that are all focused on wildlife and wildlife health. This year, we’re kicking things off with a movie night and meet and greet Thursday, September 19th at 6:30 PM in Russell Labs. We hope to see you all there!

4th Annual Symposium: Wildlife Health for Wildlife’s Sake

Join the University of Wisconsin-Madison Student Chapter of the Wildlife Disease Association for our 4th Annual Wildlife Health Symposium on Saturday, April 13! Learn from experts in the fields of wildlife medicine, applied wildlife health research, and wildlife ecology about why we should care about wildlife health beyond the scope of human disease risk. Engage with other wildlife enthusiasts, and acquire skills to tackle conservation challenges together. This event is open to undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary students alike.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for FREE for members. Non-members can join the club for $10, which will include entrance to the symposium AND membership the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 academic year – a package deal! If you’re a freshman or first year veterinary student/graduate student, you can join the club for $35 for 4 years.

**Send us an e-mail at wiscwda@gmail.com if you would like to become a member. Payment can be made to WiscWDA Treasurer Nicole Pietrunti via Venmo @Nicole-Pietrunti, or by cash or check at the door.

4th Annual Wildlife Health Symposium 

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019

Russell Laboratories, Room 548
1630 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706

9:00 AM – Coffee & bagels from Einstein Bro. Bagels/Caribou.
9:30 AM – Introduction.
9:45 AM – Talk by Dr. Katie Richgels, Chief of the Applied Wildlife Health Research Branch at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center
10:15 AM – Talk by Dr. Michelle Verant, Wildlife Veterinarian at National Park Service.
10:45 AM – Workshop “Challenges Associated with Wildlife Translocation”
12:00 PM – Lunch from Noodles & Co.
1:00 PM – Talk from Dr. Tim Van Deelen, Professor at the UW-Madison Dept. of Forest & Wildlife Ecology
1:30 PM – Workshop “Advocating for Wildlife – An Activist’s Toolbox”
2:00 PM – Group discussion
3:00 PM – Social time! Meet & greet your peers.

Click HERE for registration!

Contact us at wiscwda@gmail.com if you have any questions.

WISCWDA 4th annual Wildlife Health Symposium (2)

Monthly Meeting: Sloths and Pesticides with Dr. Kurt Sladky

Come join us for our this Thursday (10/17) at 6pmOctober meeting where Dr. Kurt Sladky (DVM, MS, DACZM) will speak to us about sloth research that he performed in Costa Rica and how pesticides affect them! The meeting will be held in the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine (2015 Linden Drive, someone will be waiting at the door to let you in!).


Dr. Kurt Sladky is the current section Head of the Special Species Health Service at UW-Veterinary Care. https://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/people/sladkyk/


Thanks to Dr. Bieneke Bron, Julia Poje, Steph Kurth and Kelsey Rayment for presenting about their career paths in the wildlife disease field at our September meeting!

Monthly Meeting-NPS Wildlife Veterinary Medicine

Join us this Thursday, April 6th at 6:00 pm for our April Monthly Meeting. We will be having a video talk with Dr. Michelle Verant (DVM, PhD, MPH) who was one of the co-founding officers of the our WI student chapter of the WDA. Dr. Verant currently works as a wildlife veterinarian in the Wildlife Health Branch of the National Park Service in Colorado (check out an interview of her at the link below)! She will be sharing with us her career path and her work as an NPS veterinarian. The meeting will be held in Room 101 Hanson Laboratories. Hope to see you there!


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Monthly Meeting: Avian Cholera with Dr. Mike Samuel

On Thursday, we had our first of two meetings for the month of December. Dr. Mike Samuel from the Department of Wildlife Ecology here at UW-Madison (and our advisor!)  discussed with us the history and prevalence of Avian Cholera in the USA. Check out this link to an article that the USGS-National Wildlife Health Center has posted on their website as a reference to what Dr. Samuel talked to us about.

NWHC-Avian Cholera Informational Article

Also a reminder to keep your calendars open for our last meeting of the semester on Thursday, December 15th at 6pm in room 101 Hanson Laboratories. We will be hosting Dr. Anne Ballmann a wildlife disease specialist at the National Wildlife Health Center.


Museum Tour and Union South Social

This past Friday, several WiscWDA members were able to take a behind the scenes tour of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Zoological Museum. We were able to visualize a wide variety of specimens and species that have been donated from around the world to this museum to be preserved, used and loaned out for research studies. Special thanks for Emily, the Museum Registrar, for the tour and for answering all of our questions!

Following the tour a group of students stopped by The Sett for a few drinks and some delicious fried food (yum). Thanks for all who joined!


Fall 2016 Zoological Museum Tour