Wildlife Health Symposium

2018 3rd Annual WiscWDA Wildlife Health Symposium: Zoonotic Disease and Public Health

Saturday April 7th, 2018



2017 Symposium Registration (click here)


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This Spring, Saturday April 9th is our 1st Annual Wildlife Health Symposium. The day will be full of talks and wetlabs regarding wildlife health!

Location: UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, 2015 Linden Dr, Madison, WI 53706


  • 9 -Breakfast (included)
  • 9:30 – Welcome
  • 9.45 – Talks
    • Dr. John Orrock, Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology UW-Madison
      • How climate and predators shape large-scale patterns of Sin Nombre virus in wild mice.
    • Dr. Mike Collins, Professor of Microbiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine UW-Madison
      • Topic: Johne’s Disease a domestic and wild herbivore headache
    • Bryan Richards, Chronic Wasting Disease Project Leader at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center
      • Topic: CWD impact and management
  • 12 -Lunch (included)
  • 1 – Final talk
    • Dr. Mike Samuel, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology UW-Madison and Assistant Unit Leader, USGS BRD Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research UnitTrouble in Paradise – Avian Malaria and the Demise of Hawaiian Forest Birds
  • 2-4pm – Wetlabs
  • Social @Union South

Keep an eye for out interest survey,it will be located here shortly.


  • $10 member
  • $15 non-member

Your registration is final after your payment has been received or you have communicated with our treasurer (WiscWDA@gmail.com) for an alternative solution.

Wet labs:

  • Parasite ID with Four Lakes Wildlife Health Center: Always wondered what deworming is for and what a wildlife rehab center does? Now you can look at the fecal parasites of your favorite pet and that of some of the wildlife that came in at the rehab center.
  • Field Monitoring Techniques: How to track that bird, coyote or squirrel? Trail cams, collars and tags. What are the options and how do you use them?
  • Catching bugs! Why are we interested in insects? And how do we catch the mosquito’s, fleas and ticks that transmit many zoonotic pathogens. You will learn about standard procedures to collect ticks and get a demonstration on mosquito traps. Trags and drags supported by the Paskewitz lab.

This event is supported by a Wildlife Disease Association Student Chapter grant.