Immunological Functions

A recent project at Tufts Wildlife Clinic examined the basic immunological functions in some of our avian patients. Our intern, Dr. Deborah Brady, working with Dr. Sylvain DeGuise of the University of Connecticut Department of Pathobiology and Dr. Linda Keller (Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine), will be trying to determine the status of the immune system in selected raptors. Her work complements a summer student project, performed by Kim Wilson V05, who is developing a technique for measuring levels of fecal corticosterone in red-tailed hawks. The determination of levels of this “stress” hormone in fecal samples and their correlation with blood levels, may allow us an objective measurement of stress levels related to captivity, pain, disease, or trauma.