The Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center works to maintain the health of wildlife, people and environment through science, technology and education. As the largest center within the One Health Institute, our work recognizes that the health of domestic animals, wildlife, people and the environment are inextricably linked.

As a part of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, our projects and programs focus on free-ranging and captive terrestrial and aquatic wild animals. Through our service, training and research in the programs listed below, we also aim to restore ecosystem health and address complex issues like zoonotic diseases that impact animals and humans.

Programs and projects 

The Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center's programs are broad-based, supporting the activities of affiliated faculty in their respective areas of interest. Most of our programs include elements of teaching, research and service. During the past several years, our activities have expanded internationally to include the major programs and projects listed below. 

  • PREDICT - Conducting global surveillance to detect and prevent spillover of pathogens of pandemic potential that can move between wildlife and people.
  • Gorilla Doctors - Providing hands-on medical care to sick and injured mountain gorillas living in the national parks of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 
  • SeaDoc Society - Working to protect the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystems through science and education in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Oiled Wildlife Care Network - Working to rescue and rehabilitate oiled wildlife in California through a statewide collective of trained care providers, regulatory agencies and academic institutions.
  • California Wildlife Conservation - Conducting research on key species of concern to ensure healthy wildlife, ecosystems and people throughout California, including mountain lions, condors and marine animals.
  • Latin American Programs - Applying the One Health approach to wildlife conservation in Latin America on a variety of species, including Southern right whales, waterfowl and more. 
  • Zoological Medicine - Training future leaders in zoo and wildlife medicine and helping to ensure the recovery of endangered species through veterinary care.
  • One Health Institute LabTesting animal samples to discover potentially deadly pathogens and providing diagnostic services on marine wildlife to assess the the impact of disease.