Kim Miller has been a Wildlife Disease Specialist at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center since 1992.
She has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a BS degree in Animal Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Since joining the NWHC, Kim has worked on disease issues and questions across the country. This work has allowed Kim to practice non-traditional veterinary medicine and be involved in wildlife conservation on a large scale. One long term project involved representing NWHC as a founding partner in reintroducing whooping cranes to the Eastern US. Presently her efforts have been focused on data management and making Center wildlife mortality information more available for use by internal and external users.
Wildlife Disease Specialist, National Wildlife Health Center
Education and Certifications
DVM, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1991
BS Animal Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1987
Affiliations and Memberships*
Wildlife Disease Association
Science and Products
WHISPers—Providing situational awareness of wildlife disease threats to the Nation—A fact sheet for the biosurveillance community
User Guide: Creating a WHISPers morbidity/mortality event
Postmortem evaluation of reintroduced migratory whooping cranes (Grus americana) in eastern North America
Pathogenicity of West Nile virus and response to vaccination in sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) using a killed vaccine
Vacuolar myelinopathy in waterfowl from a North Carolina impoundment
Epizootiologic studies of avian vacuolar myelinopathy in waterbirds
Diagnostic and field data from the Eastern Migratory Whooping Crane Population
Science and Products
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WHISPers—Providing situational awareness of wildlife disease threats to the Nation—A fact sheet for the biosurveillance communitySolutions for emerging infectious disease and bioterror threats can be improved by incorporating integrated biodefense strategies, including improved surveillance for animal and zoonotic diseases, strong national leadership, and effective management tools. Active biosurveillance for disease events is key to early detection, warning, and overall situational awareness and enables better communicatio
User Guide: Creating a WHISPers morbidity/mortality eventA step-by-step guide to “put a dot on the WHISPers map” by creating an event. Available to users assigned Partner User, Partner Manager, and Partner Administrator roles.
Postmortem evaluation of reintroduced migratory whooping cranes (Grus americana) in eastern North AmericaEndangered whooping cranes (Grus americana) have been reintroduced into the eastern U.S. to speed recovery efforts. This study reviewed necropsy and diagnostic records of 125 crane carcasses recovered during the project’s first 15 years following release of 268 cranes. The proportions of causal classifications did not differ significantly from a previously published study, despite the former study
Pathogenicity of West Nile virus and response to vaccination in sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) using a killed vaccineWest Nile virus was introduced into the United States in the vicinity of New York, New York, USA in 1999. The virus has since killed large numbers of birds nationwide, especially, but not limited to, crows (Corvus brachyrhinchos). One sandhill crane (Grus canadensis) at the Bridgeport Zoo (Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) reportedly died from West Nile virus, so sandhill cranes and endangered whoopin
Vacuolar myelinopathy in waterfowl from a North Carolina impoundmentVacuolar myelinopathy was confirmed by light and electron microscopic examination of mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), ring-necked ducks (Aythya collaris), and buffleheads (Bucephala albeola) collected during an epizootic at Lake Surf in central North Carolina (USA) between November 1998 and February 1999. Clinical signs of affected birds were consistent with central nervous system impairment of moto
Epizootiologic studies of avian vacuolar myelinopathy in waterbirdsEpizootic avian vacuolar myelinopathy (AVM) was first recognized as a neurologic disease in bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and American coots (Fulica americana) in Arkansas, USA in 1994 and 1996, respectively, but attempts to identify the etiology of the disease have been unsuccessful to date. Between 1998 and 2001, wing clipped sentinel birds (wild American coots and game farm mallards [A
Diagnostic and field data from the Eastern Migratory Whooping Crane PopulationDetailed data collected from the field and generated during diagnostic evaluation of whooping crane carcasses from the Eastern Migratory Population.
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