Who We Are

The Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative (NWDC) began in 2011 and provides diagnostic services, expertise, training, and research support to state and federal agencies that manage wildlife populations in the Northeast. Participating veterinary diagnostic laboratories located throughout the region serve NWDC members, which include the wildlife agencies of 8 states and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Northeast Region).

Through the cooperative structure of the NWDC, multiple institutions contribute their respective skills and knowledge, and agencies pool their resources to fund a cost-effective and efficient means of detecting, diagnosing and responding to wildlife disease events. The main objective of the NWDC is to serve the agencies that are in charge of managing and conserving wildlife species in the region. We also work to have strong relationships with partners in human and domestic animal health under the tenet that the health of all species is inextricably linked.

Funding for the NWDC comes from our Members and a private donation from Tracy Holmes. 

Why the Northeast?

The northeastern United States has several characteristics that make it vulnerable to emerging infectious diseases affecting animals, wild and domestic, and humans. It is the most densely populated region of the United States with several, large urban areas. There are major ports in New York and Boston where human and animal travelers pour into the region, creating opportunity for introduction of novel pathogens. The Northeast also has large rural and agricultural landscapes where spillover of diseases between domestic animals and wildlife can occur. With fewer people in these areas, sick or dead wildlife are less likely to be observed and reported.

NWDC Administration

NWDC is administered by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.


University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine


Julie Ellis

NWDC Director

Walter Cottrell

NWDC Field Veterinarian

Member Agency and Diagnostic Laboratory Locations

Member Agencies

NWDC diagnostic services are funded directly by our member states and federal agencies and submissions may be made only through them. Private citizens who wish to report a wildlife disease or mortality event must contact their local state fish and wildlife agency. Contacts at member agencies are listed below in alphabetical order.



79 Elm Street
6th Floor
Hartford, CT 06106


89 Kings Hwy
Dover, DE 19901
Contact Info
Joe Rogerson
Program Manager – Species Conservation and Research


Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581


284 State Street
Station 41
Augusta, ME 04333

New Hampshire

11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301

New Jersey

605 Pequest Rd
Oxford, NJ 07863
Contact Info
Jan Lovy
Research Scientist

New York

625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233


2001 Elmerton Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Contact Info

Phone: 717.787.4250 (Ext. 3400)

Rhode Island

277 Great Neck Road
West Kingston, RI 02892


1 National Life Drive
Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wildlife Health Office, Natural Resource Program Center
National Wildlife Refuge System, USFWS
Washington, D.C.,
Contact Info
Samantha E.J. Gibbs
Wildlife Veterinarian
Wildlife Health Office, Natural Resource Program Center
Chris Dwyer
Migratory Game Bird Biologist
Northeast Region, USFWS
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA, 01035
Laura Eaton
Assistant Regional Biologist
Great Bay NWR
100 Merrimac Drive
Newington, NH, 03801

Diagnostic Laboratories

Collaborators in the NWDC work at several institutions throughout the Northeast. Veterinarians and veterinary pathologists at these institutions offer diverse expertise and experience, and NWDC brings them together to consult with and support each other. Our personnel are able to meet in person or via remote conferencing technology and can share cases, slides and findings, maximizing the benefit to our member agencies by pooling the knowledge and resources of the individual laboratories and academic institutions.


University of Connecticut College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
61 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06269-3089


Tufts University
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536


Univ. of Maine
5735 Hitchner Hall, Room 136
Orono, ME 04469
Contact Info
Anne Lichtenwalner
207 581-2789 (phone)
207-581-4430 (fax)

New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire
New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
21 Botanical Lane
Durham, NH 03824
Contact Info

Phone:(603) 862-2726
David Needle, David.Needle@unh.edu
Inga Sidor, Inga.Sidor@unh.edu

New Jersey

State of New Jersey Department of Agriculture
3 Schwarzkopf Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628

New York

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
240 Farrier Road
Ithaca, NY 14853
Contact Info

Krysten Schuler
Wildlife Disease Ecologist


University of Pennsylvania
New Bolton Center
382 W. Street Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348