About the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center

About the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center

The Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center works to maintain the health of wildlife, people and environment through science, technology and education. As the largest center within the One Health Institute, our work recognizes that the health of domestic animals, wildlife, people and the environment are inextricably linked.

As a part of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, our projects and programs focus on free-ranging and captive terrestrial and aquatic wild animals. Through our service, training and research in the programs listed below, we also aim to restore ecosystem health and address complex issues like zoonotic diseases that impact animals and humans.

The Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center's programs are broad-based, supporting the activities of affiliated faculty in their respective areas of interest. Most of our programs include elements of teaching, research and service. During the past several years, our activities have expanded internationally to include the major programs and projects listed below.

About Karen C. Drayer

Karen C. Drayer is a loyal and long-time friend of the school with a passion and commitment to wildlife. Karen and her husband Phil are visionary leaders in addressing complex issues of conservation and wildlife health in a changing world and have been instrumental in shaping the center since its inception. Through their heartfelt generosity, the Drayers established a perpetual endowment that ensures the center’s excellence well into the future. The Drayer’s are also recognized through the Phil & Karen Drayer Wildlife Health Center Fellowship Award.