Dr. Flo Tseng graduated from Oberlin College and attained her DVM from Cornell University. Dr. Tseng’s general research interest is in Wildlife Medicine and Surgery, with an emphasis on the recognition and treatment of pain in wildlife species. Research projects have included anatomical and behavioral analysis for pain assessment and management in wildlife species. With nearly 75 percent of all new, emerging, or re-emerging diseases affecting humans transmitted from animals, most originating in wild animals, Dr. Tseng and her colleagues collect biological samples from animals admitted to the Wildlife Clinic for use in future disease investigations. Dr. Tseng is skilled in oiled seabird care and has assisted with over 20 oil spill responses, including the Deep Water Horizon Spill in 2010. She is the former Vice-President and Veterinary Committee Chair of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, as well as an active member of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network Advisory Board of the CA Fish and Game, and the Student Activities Committee of the Wildlife Disease Association. She is the director for the Wildlife Medicine core rotation and for the Zoological Medicine course as well as the Advanced Avian elective.
Dr. Maureen Murray is a graduate of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and joined Tufts Wildlife Clinic in 2003. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Avian Specialty. At Tufts Wildlife Clinic, she cares for sick and injured native New England wildlife of a wide range of species—birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Dr. Murray teaches veterinary students in the clinical setting during their fourth-year core rotation in the Clinic. She also directs the first-year course Comparative Anatomy and Physiology. Her research focus is on exposure to and effects of anticoagulant rodenticides (rodent poisons) in birds of prey. Particular clinical interests include avian orthopedics and all things related to turtles.
From assisting faculty and students, to recruiting volunteers or ordering supplies, you can find her doing whatever is needed. Whitney earned her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University as an Art History and Pre-Veterinary Medicine major. Whitney has worked in education and wildlife for the past 20 years. She has been a high school biology teacher, Wildlife Visitor Educator, Veterinary Assistant and taught Tufts Wildlife Clinic Outreach programs. Whitney also researched bison, wolves and grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park and prairie dog behavior in New Mexico. Additional research experience includes conservation projects about population dynamics in the Peruvian Amazon River Basin and traveling to South Africa to assist in the study of brown hyena behavior. Whitney was also the Wildlife Supervisor at the Massachusetts Audubon Society. With a soft spot for rodents, crows and vultures, Whitney is the current President of the Wildlife Rehabilitators’ Association of Massachusetts(WRAM). In her off time, Whitney enjoys photographing wildlife or drawing.
Dr. Sara Wyckoff was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. It was very early on in elementary school when Sara realized she wanted to work with wildlife. She went to Arizona State University to receive her B.S. in biology and started volunteering with wildlife in undergrad. She continued to dedicate time to wildlife workshops and wildlife conservation projects through the Arizona Game and Fish Department before starting veterinary school. She graduated from Midwestern University in 2018 as a part of the inaugural class. At Midwestern University she helped found the Wildlife Exotic Zoo Avian and Aquatic Mammal club (WEZAAM) and was the Wildlife Chair and Activities Coordinator for two years. She has a special interest in infectious disease and has participated in research projects involving Brucella canis in stray dogs along the Southwest border and Chronic Wasting Disease in elk. After graduation from veterinary school she spent a year in South Florida as an exotic animal intern at Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital. She is now back to her wildlife roots through Tufts University and hopes to become a state veterinarian which would allow her to combine her passions for conservation medicine, population health and infectious disease. Outside of the wildlife clinic, Dr. Wyckoff is an avid crossfitter with an interest in Olympic weightlifting and Strongman activities.
Dr. Elena Cox grew up in the Washington, D.C. metro area. She received her bachelor’s degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech, and graduated from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine with her DVM in 2018. Dr. Cox had an interest in wildlife biology and conservation from an early age, and spent much of her free time in college volunteering with wildlife rehabilitation facilities and the Virginia Tech chapter of The Wildlife Society. While completing her veterinary education, she had the opportunity to collaborate with federal and international wildlife management agencies to conduct avian influenza monitoring studies, and develop revised Salmonella and Mycoplasma screening protocol for interstate movement of wild turkeys. After graduating from veterinary school, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in South Weymouth, MA. While she enjoyed the opportunity to build clinical skills in a fast-paced small animal emergency hospital, she is excited to be working with wildlife, particularly birds, again. Her professional interests include avian medicine, population dynamics and health, and emerging infectious disease at the wildlife-human-livestock interface. When not at work she is an avid hiker and bird watcher.
Paula McCarthy has been at Tufts Wildlife Clinic since 2004, where she began as a volunteer. Paula received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in 1982 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician from the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 1985. She has a special interest in birds and is fond of turtles. Paula teaches fourth year veterinary students at Cummings School about aspects of wildlife patient care. When not at Tufts Wildlife Clinic, Paula assists with the management of her husband’s veterinary surgery practice, cares for her dogs and cats, and spends as much time as possible traveling, playing tennis and scuba diving.
Chris began volunteering with Tufts Wildlife Clinic in early 2013 before becoming a veterinary technician in May of 2014. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2003 and began working in small animal medicine the same year. Chris enjoys training other veterinary technicians, teaching volunteers about husbandry and the care of wildlife, as well as teaching the fourth year veterinary students about the care and handling of their assigned cases. Chris passed the VTNE in 2010 and in her time off, works part-time in a small animal practice and as an assistant horse trainer. She also volunteers for Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program and enjoys camping and the outdoors with her family, horses and dog.
Cassie joined Tufts Wildlife Clinic as a volunteer in June of 2015. After graduating from Worcester State University with a bachelor’s in biology, she worked as a veterinary technician in a small animal clinic. She then interned for the Environmental Management Division on a Marine Corps Base in North Carolina. While there, she worked with Loggerhead sea turtles, the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, and other threatened and endangered species. In all of her past experiences, she has observed the dynamics of the balance between humans, animals, and the environment they share. She hopes to continue to explore and positively impact this dynamic in her role here at the clinic. In her spare time Cassie enjoys hiking with her dog, Clive, and is a licensed beekeeper.
The Bernice Barbour Wildlife Medicine Building on the campus of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is the home of the Tufts Wildlife Clinic.
Tufts Wildlife Clinic staff includes faculty members, staff, veterinary technicians and interns.