Labs and Tours


We have an exciting list of wetlabs and tours planned!

Please check back often as we update out list.  All labs are dependent on availability of specimens

Fish Necropsy Techniques - Dr. Paul Bowser

The lab will provide students with an overview of the procedures utilized to conduct a fish necropsy. Students will have the opportunity to practice the techniques of collection of samples needed to evaluate fish for the presence of viral, bacterial and parasitic organisms.

Clinical hematology in reptiles and birds - Dr. James Morrisey

The goal of this lab is to familiarize the student with the basics of hematology in reptiles and birds. We will spend time discussing the role of each type of white blood cell and then practice identifying these cells. The student will learn to perform an estimated white blood cell count and differential for several avian and reptilian species.

Cetacean anatomy - Dr. Joy Reidenberg

Reptile and amphibian necropsy - Dr. Robert Ossiboff

This laboratory will emphasize key features of reptilian anatomy through postmortem examinations on a variety of reptile specimens. A standardized, comprehensive necropsy technique will be presented, including recommendations for tissue collection and sample selection for microbiological and toxicological diagnostic testing. Species differences and clinical correlates to disease processes will also be discussed. If specimens are available, amphibian necropsy techniques and sample collection will also be discussed.

Comparative anatomy of rodents and basic surgical skills - Drs. Elizabeth Moore and Balu Reddyjarugu

Didactic: General anatomy of rodents, special features of individual species with an emphasis on utility as research models  Wet lab: gross anatomy/dissection of mouse, rat, hamster; castration and flank ovariectomy, surgical skills practice (suture placement and knot tying)

Techniques and procedures for routine raptor care and management - Dr. John Parks

Students interested in working with wildlife, zoo species and privately housed birds will likely at some point have contact with raptors. The purpose of this lab will be to introduce students to the housing, handling and restraint of various raptor species, as well as some of the routine procedures important in the care of these species. The lab will be run with the birds housed at the Cornell Raptor Program mews.

Ferrets:  Clinical techniques and surgical approaches to the abdomen - Dr. Brendan Noonan

This lab will go over the basics of clinical techniques prior to allowing students to practice the following: physical restraint, venipuncture, SQ injections, IM injections, IV catheter placement, IO catheter placement, and intubation.  Individual dissection of supplied ferrets will give students exposure to approaching the ferret abdomen for surgery.  Surgery of the adrenal glands, pancreas and basic GI procedures will be reviewed.

Exotics handling and restraint - Jesse Navatta

Wildlife necropsy - Dr. Julia Fernandez

This laboratory will demonstrate comprehensive techniques for performing avian and mammalian necropsies and obtaining appropriate diagnostic samples. Emphasis will be placed on anatomy, necropsy technique, the use of adequate personal protective equipment and collection of samples for toxicology, virology, parasitology and bacteriology with specific examples of diseases present in the Northeast US.

Cases in exotic animal radiology - Meg Thompson

Techniques in darting - Dr. Noha Abou-Madi

Administration of drugs to non-domestic animals may require the use of remote drug delivery systems a.k.a. darting. This workshop will be divided into a short discussion followed by hands-on practical experience with darting equipment. The discussion will review how to evaluate a situation to optimize the chances for a successful delivery under routine and emergency conditions. Safety measures and equipment function will be reviewed.  Proper dart preparation, care and cleaning will also be demonstrated. In a second part, participants will be invited to practice darting techniques on fixed targets, using various systems.