In March 1951, a group of 28 U.S. and Canadian scientists interested in wildlife diseases founded the Wildlife Disease Committee, which grew to become the Wildlife Disease Association (WDA). The mission of the WDA for the past 65 years has been to acquire, disseminate, and apply knowledge of the health and diseases of wild animals in relation to their biology, conservation, and interactions with humans and domestic animals. For more information about WDA and to find out more about becoming a member, visit: http://www.wildlifedisease.org/wda
This conference provides an interdisciplinary setting for wildlife health, conservation and management experts and practitioners from around the world to exchange ideas, share best practices and give formal presentations on the latest in wildlife health management and conservation. WDA includes many different professional specialties and you do not need to be a WDA member to participate. All interested individuals are invited to attend.
Students also play a prominent role in the conference, with an entire day dedicated exclusively to student presentations. WDA encourages student participation, sponsoring several conference travel grants and student awards including two scholarships, a research recognition travel award, a best student presentation award and a best student poster award.