Many thanks to all those who attended the 63rd Annual International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association. The local organizing committee and event volunteers are to be commended for their efforts, the Tamaya Hyatt provided excellent hospitality, and the solid support of our sponsors allowed us to conduct business in a more professional and efficient manner. While there is always room for improvement, we learn something new each year that we host this event. We enjoyed our visit to Albuquerque and we are both optimistic and confident that we can do an even better job planning for the 64th Annual Conference 2015.

Dave Jessup, Executive Manager
Wildlife Disease Association

64th Annual Conference CE Form ACZM AAWV

Announcing the 64th International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association

Click here to see pictures from the 64th annual conference!

We are pleased to announce the 2015 Wildlife Disease Association International Conference will be held at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort, at Maroochydore in Queensland, Australia. The conference will run from Sunday, July 26th to Thursday, July 30, 2015.

The 2015 Wildlife Disease Association International Conference will be hosted by the Australasian section and held at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, from Sunday the 26th to Thursday the 30th of July 2015. The Novotel Twin Waters Resort ( is a 4 star resort set in natural bushland adjacent the Maroochy River. The resort is conveniently located close to some of south-east Queensland’s best natural attractions and just over an hour from Brisbane’s domestic and international airport.
Speakers include
Rania Plowright (Montana State University), Michael Kock (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria), Robert Poulin (Department of Zoology, University of Otago), William Karesh (Ecohealth Alliance), Jonna Mazet (Faculty of Veterinary Science, UC Davis), Peter Daszak (Ecohealth Alliance), Rick Speare (Tropical Health Solutions), Hume Field (Ecohealth Alliance), Tanja Strive (CSIRO Biosecurity), Thierry Work (USGS, National Wildlife Health Centre), Craig Stephen (Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative) and Michael Ziccardi (UC Davis, Wildlife Health Centre).

Registration for next year’s conference is now open. Early bird registration closes 26th April 2015. So now is the time to start planning to join us for what promises to be a fantastic conference on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.
To register please see the website or for further information contact


This is the first call for abstracts for spoken presentations and posters to the 2015 WDA conference. The conference is hosted by the Wildlife Disease Association Australasian Section. There will be strong competition for places to present so we urge you to submit your best abstract early.

Abstracts are invited on topics relevant to any of the symposia themes, (i) Wildlife disease ecology driving evolution, (ii) One health and PREDICT, (iii)Emerging diseases in Australasia, and (iv)Marine ecosystems health. However, abstracts on any other area of wildlife health/disease and possible implications for wildlife management are equally welcomeSpecific details concerning Abstract length and submission are presented on the website.

For more information, please visit the conference website:
You can also visit the Wildlife Disease Association - Australasian Section on the website here

The Student Activities Committee of the WDA would like to announce the Student Small Travel Grants Program. 

The purpose of this fund is to provide small travel scholarships ($500 - $1000) to individual WDA student members who plan to attend the annual WDA conference, especially to those who may not be eligible to apply for the competitive WDA student awards.  Students who reside near the conference location are NOT eligible to apply for this travel grant, as funds are intended to offset travel and lodging fees. The applicant review committee will award funds based on demonstrated interest and involvement in WDA as well as financial need. Funds will be disbursed to award recipients at the annual conference upon confirmation of student conference registration. Students attending the conference on a travel scholarship will be asked to share their experience by giving a presentation at their home university (WDA Student Chapter or similar student group) during the fall semester following the conference. Please note that students who have previously received a travel award or are awarded a WDA Student Award this year are not eligible for this year’s travel award.

Deadline for submission of the application form and a letter of support is April 15, 2015. Applications should be sent to Dr. Flo Tseng at All student applicants will receive a notice of successful receipt of their application.  Notification of awards will be made by June 1, 2015.