Objectives of WDA Student Chapters

"Our mission is 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."

The objectives of the Student Chapters of the Wildlife Disease Association include the mission of the WDA, and more specifically aim at:

  • *Educating students interested in wildlife health and disease about the profession and career opportunities, job qualifications and education, externships, volunteer, and research opportunities. 
  • *Enhancing the skills of students interested in wildlife health and disease through lectures, workshops, conferences, field trips. 
  • *Connecting students interested in wildlife health and disease to mentors in WDA through the faculty advisor and guest lecturers. 

WDA Student Chapters, which have been created by motivated students from North America and Europe are steadily increasing in numbers.

WDA Student members must be:
1) enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate student program at least half-time, or 2) be participating full-time in an internship or residency program which is approved for credit towards board certification or graduate degree.

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How to create a new Student Chapter

If you don't have a WDA student chapter at your university or your region, it's easy to create one!

We have a powerpoint slide to introduce you to WDA and the WDA student chapters & wildlife health students. You can view it as a PPT or PDF and learn everything you need to know!

Then fill out the Chapter Application Form and send it to the Student Representative, Marianthi Ioannidis at

Guidelines & Forms

Student Chapter Progress Report

o   Needs to be filled in and submitted by every Student Chapter annually.

o   Submission deadline: May 1st


Student Chapter Grant Application

o   This form needs to be filled in and submitted only if your Student Chapter would like to apply for a WDA Student Chapter Grant.

o   The grants are usually between $200–$500 USD per chapter and are awarded annually.

o   Submission deadline: May 15th

For more information, please contact Marianthi Ioannidis,

Active Student Chapters