Two Leading Wildlife Health Scientists Join Morris Animal Foundation’s Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board

ENGLEWOOD, CO- Morris Animal Foundation announces the appointment of two distinguished scientists to the Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board (WSAB). Robert A. Cook, VMD, MPA, chief veterinarian and vice president of the Wildlife Health Sciences at the Wildlife Conservation Society and Todd E. Cornish, DVM, PhD, assistant professor of veterinary sciences at Wyoming State University, join six others who are currently serving four-year terms.

“We are pleased to have added Drs. Cook and Cornish to our Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board,” said Robert Hilsenroth, DVM, Morris Animal Foundation’s executive director. “Their knowledge and dedication will help provide a healthier tomorrow for animals.”

Morris Animal Foundation’s Board of Trustees established the WSAB to guide the Foundation in evaluating, selecting, and monitoring wildlife health studies chosen to receive Foundation funding. In addition, the Board uses its expertise to provide guidance in the administration and operation of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, based in Central Africa.

Board nominees are recommended and selected by their peers. WSAB members serve four-year terms with two members rotating on and off each year, a process that assures a combination of new talent with a broad spectrum of experience and expertise.

Continuing members of the WSAB include: Elizabeth B. Howerth, DVM, PhD, professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Georgia; Donald L. Janssen, DVM, director of veterinary services at the San Diego Wild Animal Park; Jonna A. K. Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, director of The Wildlife Health Center and assistant professor of Clinical Wildlife Health at the University of California-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine; and Chair, David E. Wildt, PhD, senior scientist and head of the Department of Reproductive Sciences, Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Conservation and Research Center.

Morris Animal Foundation is a 55-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring a healthier tomorrow for companion animals and wildlife. Since its inception, the Foundation has funded 1,050 humane animal health studies with funds exceeding $29 million. One hundred percent of all annual, unrestricted contributions support animal health studies, not administration or the cost of fund raising. For more information about Morris Animal Foundation, call (800) 243-2345, or visit the Web site at



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