The MSU Wildlife Disease Association is the student chapter of the national Wildlife Disease Association founded in 1951 to bring together scientists interested in studying wildlife diseases.

More broadly, our mission is to acquire, disseminate, and apply knowledge of the health and diseases of wild animals in relation to their biology, conservation, and interactions with humans and domestic animals.


The National WDA holds an annual conference where current information pertaining to wildlife disease and conservation is delivered to members in an interactive forum. Geographical regions also hold annual meetings. For upcoming national and regional meetings, check out the WDA website here.

Locally, the student chapter at Michigan State University hosts a variety of events aimed at bringing together people from different fields to discuss and network, and to foster collaborative connections.

We don’t charge local dues for the MSU Wildlife Disease Association, but we do encourage members to join the national organization. In order to stay up to date on our events, be sure to check our calendar here, and sign up for our email list here.

If you are interested in joining at the organizational level, please e-mail us at michiganstatewda@gmail.com.