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. Michael Avery grew up in Cortland, New York, and attended Cornell University as an undergraduate in biology. After graduating, he worked in ecological research, first with northern flying squirrels and then Japanese giant salamanders before beginning graduate research in invertebrate ecology and climate change at Penn State University. Hoping to combine his love of wildlife and interest in medicine, he began veterinary school at Cummings School of Veterinary medicine at Tufts University, graduating in 2018. Outside of the wildlife hospital, Dr. Avery loves to cook, eat, and, carve wood.
Dr. Ashley Kramer was born and raised in southern California. She received her B.A. in Biological Sciences from Earlham College in 2011. Before starting veterinary school, she worked as a technician at a small animal clinic and volunteered at an equine practice. She graduated from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2017. While in veterinary school she worked on the Large Animal Tech Team and was the president of the Avian Club and the wildlife coordinator for the Wildlife, Aquatic, Zoo and Exotic (WAZE) Club. She has worked in many wildlife centers around the United States and abroad in her time before, during, and after veterinary school. After graduating from veterinary school, she spent a year in Albuquerque, New Mexico completing a small animal rotating internship at VCA Veterinary Care and Referral Hospital. Her experience in small animal has helped her become a better and more skilled doctor but her true passion is wildlife medicine. She especially enjoys working with birds. Her long-term goal is to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners specializing in avian medicine. While Dr. Kramer is not at work, she enjoys drawing, cooking, rock climbing and horseback riding. She also has a menagerie of rescue animals at home to keep her busy including 1 dog, 2 cats, 2 pigeons, 2 rabbits, 3 chickens, and 7 snakes.
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.