For more than 50 years, SCWDS has investigated thousands of cases of sick and dying wild animals involving at least 200 different species of wildlife. These experiences have led to a broad base of expertise and have revealed those recurring disease problems that are important in each wildlife species. Available through association with the University of Georgia is a full spectrum of diagnostic laboratory facilities. Specialized diagnostic tests also are provided through support by cooperating federal laboratories and a network of collaborating scientists.
Additional information on the diagnostic services can be found in the Diagnostic Services section.
With the multitude of wildlife disease problems confronting the United States, diagnostic abilities and research programs must be supported by quality field capabilities. SCWDS maintains a “strike force” of personnel able to move rapidly to any troubled area and quickly assess the situation. The cooperative support from state and federal wildlife organizations allows immediate coordination of resources of all agencies involved.