The WHL has a critical role in expanding the knowledge of wildlife infectious and non-infectious diseases, the effect of disease on wildlife populations, and health monitoring for the reintroduction of elk, bighorn sheep, and antelope to their native ranges in California.
WHL staff actively collaborate with other researchers. The results of disease investigations are published in scientific journals. This information is used by CDFW, agency partners, universities, and other interested parties across the United States and Canada.
WHL also represents CDFW on matters regarding wildlife health on state, federal, and professional veterinary committees including but not limited to: United States Animal Health Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, Western Wildlife Health Cooperative, and the Regional Emergency Animal Disease Eradication Organization.