Wildlife Disease Association


Our People

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Member involvement is key to the growth of the WDA!

The Wildlife Disease Association is an international scientific society of wildlife professionals. We are biologists, ecologists, epidemiologists, research scientists, veterinarians, and other individuals involved with wildlife health, conservation, and related disciplines.  We promote, research, management, education, communication, and collaboration.

Today's WDA has more than 1,500 members from over 70 countries around the world. We are a member-driven organization, where member involvement is strongly encouraged. The constitution provides for membership subdivisions or Sections for members who have common scientific interests or share common geographical boundaries. Currently there are six geographic sections Africa and Middle East, Asia Pacific, Australasia, European, Latin America, and Nordic, as well as one interest based, the Wildlife Veterinary Section. The sections unite common interests and bridge disparate geographic regions. 

Leadership of WDA comes from its Council. The Council is comprised of the Past President, President, Secretary, Treasurer, six Members-at-Large, the Section chairs and the editor-in-chief of WDA's journal.