Thank you for your interest in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Student Chapter of the Wildlife Disease Association. We were founded on May 9th, 2014 with a mission to “Increase awareness of the health and diseases of wild animals in relation to their biology, conservation and ecology, among current and future wildlife health ambassadors.” We are advised by Dr. Kurt Sladky, MS, DVM, DACZM, DECZM (Herpetology), DECZM (Zoo Health Management), Clinical Professor at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.

How do I become a member?

Email wiscwda@gmail.com and we will send you an invitation to join our club’s official member register. Also, follow us on Twitter @wiscwda or Facebook at facebook.com/wiscwda. Yearly membership dues are $10; we also offer a four-year membership for $35 – perfect for first year graduate, veterinary, and undergraduate students!

Who are your 2018-19 officers?

We are a blend of veterinary, graduate, and undergraduate students. We’d love to meet you!


President – Tela Zembsch


Tela is pursuing her M.S. in Entomology and is co-advised by Dr. Susan Paskewitz and Dr. Lyric Bartholomay. She has loved animals of all shapes and sizes from a young age and hopes to combine her knowledge of terrestrial vertebrates and medical entomology to better understand zoonotic diseases’ impact and distribution. When she is not in the lab she can be found by the nearest creek looking for salamanders, frogs, and turtles.

Vice President: Haley Lin

Secretary: Abby Engel

Treasurer: Blake Cwynar

I’m a senior in the wildlife ecology major. I worked in a research lab and as a ranger at the Arboretum this summer, and I’ll be continuing these into the school year. One of my favorite aspects about the wildlife department is how well you get to know your peers and the friends you make along the way.

Undergraduate Student Representative: Mackenzie Fox

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