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Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study

Diagnostic Services

Diagnostic examinations are an important service provided by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study. During the past quarter century, experienced SCWDS diagnosticians have investigated thousands of cases of sick and dying wild animals involving many different species of wildlife. The diagnostic process includes a full examination of each animal’s post-mortem condition to determine explanations of its death.

Over the years, these investigations have led to a broad base of expertise and have revealed those recurring disease problems that are important in each wildlife species. Diagnostic service allows wildlife biologists, veterinarians, land managers, and the public to monitor wild animals for potential wildlife health problems.

Submissions must be approved by state/federal agencies.

The diagnostic service is a direct result of the funding by member state and federal agencies and is available only through their consent. Therefore, it is necessary to contact the local state fish and wildlife agency to make arrangements for all wildlife submissions to SCWDS.

  1. Diagnostic Service Submission Form [PDF]

Note: These forms are to be used by state wildlife agencies to submit wildlife cases to SCWDS for clinical diagnosis. Only member agencies of the cooperative may submit wildlife to SCWDS.

Private citizens must submit sick or dying wildlife to their state wildlife agency, not directly to SCWDS. Your state agency will make sure the proper care is taken for SCWDS clinical submission.

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