National Wildlife Disease Program

Last Modified: March 10, 2024

The National Wildlife Disease Program (NWDP) promotes safe agricultural trade by protecting the health of humans, animals, plants, and ecosystems and reducing levels of incurred losses to agricultural and natural resources. 

NWDP participates in wildlife disease monitoring and surveillance in all regions of the United States. Large-scale projects include wildlife surveillance for avia influenza, SARS-CoV-2, and plague. Activities on emerging pathogens are routinely implemented as well, with recent projects on bovine brucellosis in wildlife, hantavirus spillover to humans, and coordination of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 reporting.

The program's Wildlife Disease Biologists function as WS' first responders through NWDP's Surveillance and Emergency Response System (SERS). The NWDP also collaborates with non-governmental organizations and officials from other countries to promote and help in the development of wildlife disease monitoring programs worldwide.

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National Wildlife Disease Program

The National Wildlife Disease Program works with partners nationwide to conduct disease monitoring and surveillance in wild animals and is the primary emergency response contact point within APHIS Wildlife Services. Our program coordinator is available for questions about wildlife disease monitoring and surveillance, the status of disease outbreaks and emerging disease events, and wildlife emergency response activities in natural disasters (floods, hurricanes, wildfires) or oil spills.

Julianna Lenoch

National Wildlife Disease Program Coordinator

Sarah Bevins

Assistant National Wildlife Disease Program Coordinator