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Career Choices in the Wildlife Health Field
Scientists approach the problem of disease in wildlife populations from all angles: microbiology, pathology, epidemiology, veterinary medicine, ecology, modeling, economics, regulation, legislation, sociology, and public health. While the diversity enables students to pursue their own special interests within the wildlife health world, it can make choosing a career path somewhat daunting. It is our hope that this section of the WDA website will help in choosing that path.
 
Check out our: Links section to see the facilities at which wildlife disease work is performed.
Undergraduate Degrees Related To Wildlife Health
Many undergraduate degrees prepare students for work in the wildlife disease field:


Wildlife ecology/biology/management
Parasitology
Microbiology
Biology
Zoology
Ecology
Conservation biology
Marine science
Animal science
Entomology
Fisheries
Natural resource conservation
Forest resources
Toxicology

These degrees are offered at a variety of universities across North America, as well as internationally. Finding an institution with strong wildlife programs both for undergraduate and graduate degrees can increase your opportunities to gain experience working with wildlife while in undergrad (Job opportunities are often available to help with graduate projects).
 
The degree of wildlife disease work conducted in these jobs is dependent on the institution and the current projects underway.
Graduate Degrees in Wildlife Health
Many jobs in the wildlife disease field require further education such as a master's or PhD. There are a wide range of topics for further study in wildlife, however to pursue a career in wildlife disease the degrees listed below may be most suitable:


Epidemiology
Microbiology (bacteriology, virology)
Pathology
Ecology
Parasitology
Medical/Veterinary Entomology
Geographic Information Science
Conservation


Most advanced degrees involve several semesters of coursework, project design, a period of fieldwork to collect samples and data, lab work, and data analysis.
 
These are a few examples of universities in the United States offering advanced degrees in wildlife disease:
•University of California, Davis
•University of Georgia (Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study)
•University of Florida
•University of Saskatchewan