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.
Born and raised in Kentucky, Dr. Travis Beeler completed his undergraduate education at Western Kentucky University before continuing on to the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where he finished his degree in 2016. After graduating, he completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He pursued multiple wildlife externships during his clinical year of veterinary school. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing, bird watching, and hiking.
Dr. Paula Rodriguez was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She moved to the United States in 2006. She graduated veterinary school from the University of Georgia in 2015 with an emphasis in Zoological medicine. While in Vet school she was a member of the Zoo med club and worked her way up to become the vice-president and eventually the president of the club. She has worked in many wildlife centers and zoos around the United States. After graduation, she acquired experience in small animal medicine doing general practice in Arizona on her fist year out of school and completing a rotating internship in Florida the following year. Her experience in small animal has helped her return to her true love of wildlife medicine. She truly enjoys working with birds and reptiles in a wildlife setting. Her long-term goal is to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (avian). While Dr. Rodriguez is not at work, she enjoys traveling, exploring different cultures, hiking, going to concerts, eating Colombian food and spending time with her dog (Mani) and cat (Reggae Waffles).
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.
Jess is the friendly face behind the front desk at Tufts Wildlife Clinic, assisting the public with injured and orphaned wildlife and answering up to 150 phone calls per day about a variety of wildlife-related issues. Jess is the clinic’s liaison to local, state and federal agencies, facilitating treatment and transport of wild animals while maintaining databases for over 3,000 patients annually. Prior to becoming a staff member, Jess was a Certified Veterinary Technician for seven years, a volunteer at Tufts Wildlife Clinic and actively involved with local cat spay/neuter groups. Jess served in Iraq with United States Army Reserves, refueling aircrafts and convoys. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science from Becker College and is a Certified Animal Control Officer and State- and Federally-Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator. Jess specializes in birds of prey. She enjoys spending her free time going on animal-related adventures with her beautiful daughter Harper Percy and also shares her home with her beloved fur children, a rescued dog named Irie and rescued cats.
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.