Cornell University hosted the 2019 Special Species Symposium from March 29 to March 31.  Click here to visit the 2019 website.

Thank you to all who came to Special Species Symposium 2017!!! We had an amazing experience planning it, and we hope you enjoyed your experience as well! 

We hope you will join us again in two years at the next Special Species Symposium at Cornell!




Special Species Symposium is a weekend-long event bringing together students and professionals interested in veterinary medicine and animal management as it relates to so-called “special species,” including zoo animals, wildlife, exotics, and pocket pets.  Special Species Symposium is generally attended by veterinary students, professionals, and technicians.  Lectures are of a scientific nature, and are intended to advance the knowledge of all attending.  Wet labs are open to veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinarians only.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer CE credit to veterinary technicians and veterinarians.

This year the theme is climate change. Our program will address how climate change is altering species survival, and what veterinarians are doing and can do to mitigate the negative effects of climate change. We will also present clinical lectures given by Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine clinicians.



Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine host the event in alternating years.  The 2017 symposium will be hosted by Cornell University and take place at the veterinary school in Ithaca, New York, a small but culturally rich city in the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York.



This year’s symposium will begin on the evening of Friday, April 21st, and will continue through Sunday, April 23rd.  Lectures on Saturday and Sunday begin at 8:00 A.M.  Please see the lecture schedule for more detail when it is available.



Because it’s fun!  Attending Special Species Symposium is a great way to learn about special species and relevant issues, meet new people with similar interests, and learn from some of the world’s most interesting and knowledgeable experts in the field.



The members of Cornell’s Zoo and Wildlife Society, with support from other student organizations, have worked long and hard to put this together for the education and enjoyment of all attending.

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