Wildlife Health Symposia

2019 4th Annual WiscWDA Wildlife Health 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.

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

Saturday April 7th, 2018

Join us for our 3rd annual WiscWDA Wildlife Health Symposium! We have a great group of speakers lined up for you plus a necropsy lab (check out details below). Register at the link below:


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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.