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Fish and Wildlife Health

About Us

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish & Wildlife Health (FWH) staff are a team of veterinarians and research scientists who work with state and federal partners to monitor for and respond to disease and mortality events affecting Florida's wild animals.

Report Disease & Mortality Events

Have you seen sick/dying wild animals or fish kills? View instructions for reporting them to FWC.

Program Objectives

The objective of the FWH program is to provide wildlife health support to FWC and stakeholders through 1) investigation of fish and wildlife disease/mortality events and disease surveillance/monitoring, 2) wildlife disease prevention, 3) fish and wildlife disease response, 4) fish and wildlife disease research, and 5) veterinary and  technical assistance to the agency.

About the Aquatic Health Program

Aquatic Health researchers monitor and study marine organism diseases, die-offs, fish kills, and their causes – such as infectious agents, parasites, algae blooms, toxins or water quality.

About the Wildlife Health Program

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) veterinary staff and wildlife biologists work with state and federal partners to monitor for and respond to many wildlife disease outbreaks, such as avian influenza, swine influenza, mange in bears, chronic wasting disease in deer, and die-offs of other terrestrial wildlife.