Cornell University Hospital for Animals



Hospital Services
Wildlife Health Center

(607) 253-3060

Contact Us

  • The Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p. m. Monday through Friday.
  • If you find an injured animal, please call us at 607-253-3060 and follow the prompts to the Wildlife Center to discuss the situation and get directions.
  • After hours we accept animals at our main hospital.
  • Our work depends on private donations from people just like you. To make a gift online click here.

Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center


The Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center, an annex of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals provides comprehensive medical and surgical care to sick, injured or otherwise impaired native wild animals. We are one of only four university-based centers in the U.S. that provides diagnostic, medical, and surgical care for common and complex wildlife cases. We work closely with wildlife rehabilitators and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
Our staff includes veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and a rehabilitator who treats native wildlife brought to us by the public with the goal of releasing them into their original habitats. We strive to find the causes of wildlife health problems at the local and population level and work to prevent future or similar problems from occurring. We are also committed to educating undergraduate and veterinary students in the specialty of wildlife health.


Zoological Service

The Zoological Medicine Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals provides full-service health care to the more than 500 animals in the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Located in Syracuse's Burnett Park, the zoo is known for its breeding and conservation programs as well as its educational activities. Endangered species such as snow leopards and Asian elephants, as well as North American wildlife comprise some of the 125 species at the zoo.

Our two board certified veterinarians provide primary and specialty care to zoo animals, including offering the latest diagnostic and treatment techniques. Three days each week veterinary faculty and students visit the zoo to oversee preventative medical programs, offer medical and surgical treatments, and consult on questions of conservation, husbandry, diet and nutrition.

Our service provides phone consultations for exotic animals across the globe.


What to Expect During a Zoological Consultation

The zoological service provides advanced medical care to large exotic animals on a case-by-case basis.

Our care begins when an owner or referring veterinarian calls one of our zoological specialists for a phone consultation. Sometimes, medical issues can be resolved over the phone. If that's not the case, we will have an extensive conversation about the best way to transport the animal, what outpatient procedures can be undertaken, and whether the animal can be hospitalized. 

We do our best to accommodate every case, but we are not always able to hospitalize large or dangerous animals.

Zoological Service: Contact Us

If you'd like to speak to one of our zoological specialists, call us at 607-253-3060.