Participate in Research


Researchers are interested in studying wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation and they need our help. Click on one of the below studies to learn more and see what you can contribute!

COVID-19 and Zoonotic Exposure Research

Lead Poisoning in Bald Eagles

Attitudes to pain assessment & management

Mange Trends in North America

Comparative Ocular Study

COVID-19 and Zoonotic Exposure Survey

Dr. Anne Rimoin and her team in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology invite you to participate in the Veterinary and Zoonotic Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and Other Coronaviruses Study, a study of animal healthcare and welfare workers, to assess their potential exposures to SARS-CoV-2 and other zoonotic pathogens, clinical symptoms, mental health, and attitudes and practices associated with the pandemic response. The study will consist of online monthly questionnaires (est. time of completion is 30 min for the baseline survey and 10 min for all follow-up surveys), with the potential for future engagement for antibody testing and other research as funding becomes available, should you indicate your interest in being contacted for that. 

Through participation in this study, you will:

  • Receive periodic summary reports of study findings
  • Have an opportunity to participate in future COVID-related and other zoonoses-related research (including COVID-19 antibody testing, should funding become available)
  • Inform public health understanding of infection risks to veterinary workers and how to best protect them

Dr. Rimoin is very interested in building a long-term partnership with animal healthcare and welfare workers to engage with on future COVID-19 research as well as future research about zoonotic diseases. Her team hopes to use our findings from this research to inform One Health policy efforts to protect animal healthcare and welfare workers from infection with zoonotic diseases. 

For more information and to enroll, please visit this link. Additionally, the study flyer with more information is attached.


Lead Poisoning in Bald Eagles

I am conducting a survey to review and summarize current lead toxicity diagnostic and therapeutic protocols as well as outcomes for lead-poisoned Bald Eagles across multiple rehabilitation centers in the U.S.

Your participation in this survey will help the rehabilitation community have a broader understanding of diagnostic and treatment protocols in use and outcomes for lead-poisoned Bald Eagles.

Through evaluation of the responses, I hope to also identify rehabilitation centers which would be ideal candidates to participate in a post-release survival study, for which I will be applying for a grant.

The survey consists of 28 questions; one of which asks for numeric data from your center, which  may take a bit more time to complete. The rest of the survey should only take about 10-15 minutes. Should you choose not to share numeric data from your center, you may opt not to answer that question. Please limit data to only those patients with confirmed (vs. suspected) lead toxicity. The deadline for response to the survey is the end of August.

Your submission of the completed survey will be taken as informed consent to use the results in possible future presentations or publications. If you have any questions about the questionnaire or the process, please email me at


Study run by Sarah Lautzenhiser, DVM,
Partners for Wildlife: Veterinarian Fellow
Private Practice Veterinarian & Veterinarian of Record for REGI

Attitudes to pain assessment & management in wildlife rehabilitation

Pain assessment and management is a growing field in veterinary medicine. Over the past 20 years, many studies to improve the ability to assess and manage pain have been undertaken. In the veterinary field many papers have been published which survey the attitudes of veterinary professionals to pain assessment and pain management. To date, there has been no survey of the attitudes of wildlife veterinarians and wildlife rehabilitators.  My objective is to determine the attitudes of the wildlife rehabilitation community towards pain assessment and management, in wildlife admitted for rehabilitation.

Your participation in this survey will improve our understanding of how pain is perceived and managed in wildlife species. This data can provide significant information for targeting areas where further training, resources and research are needed, improving communication between wildlife rehabilitators and their veterinarians, and ultimately improving animal welfare by increasing knowledge of pain assessment and pain management in wildlife. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. You are welcome to share the survey with colleagues.

Study run by Karen McKenzie,
Partners for Wildlife: Wildlife Rehabilitation Fellow
Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital: Assistant Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation

Mange trends in North America through space and time

We are wildlife disease researchers looking to combine records from rehabilitation centers across the US and Canada of animals that have been treated for sarcoptic mange (mite Sarcoptes scabiei) to assess patterns in mange cases through space and time. Records of mammals that have not been affected by mange are also sought to act as a reference. We are hoping for records with information including: species, pick-up location, year, month, mange afflicted, mite identification information (if available), symptom descriptions, among others. Facilities/rehabbers with >2 years of records are of particular interest, as we hope to compare trends through time. Please feel free to contact Drs. Christopher Kozakiewicz and Alynn Martin at with questions or comments.


Comparative Ocular Study

The Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin is looking for specimens for their research library. They are specifically looking for formalin – fixed heads of recently dead (no more than three hours) of the following:

  • Screech Owl head

Please contact Dick Dubielzig at or visit for more information.



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