About the Clinic

Mission Statement

  • Educate and engage veterinary students in the practice of wildlife medicine as well as the larger ethical and conservation issues that impact wildlife individuals and populations.
  • Provide humane, appropriate, and best achievable medical care and rehabilitation for wildlife patients with the goal of eventual release back to the wild.
  • Advance knowledge in the fields of wildlife and conservation medicine through high quality research activities with the goal of improving the well-being of wildlife individuals and populations.
  • Serve as an educational resource for veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, government agencies, and the general public

Vision Statement

  • Tufts Wildlife Clinic continually strives to be a center of excellence for education, clinical practice, and discovery in the fields of wildlife and conservation medicine.

About the Clinic

The Wildlife Clinic was established in 1983, by Dr. Charles Sedgwick, as an integral part of the Tufts Veterinary School. In January of 2001, the Wildlife Clinic moved into a new, modern, environmentally designed building. In addition to the Clinic, the Center for Conservation Medicine and International Program are housed under the same roof in the Bernice Barbour Wildlife Medicine Building. squirrelThe Wildlife Clinic is a regional resource for many veterinarians, health professionals, and wildlife biologists. Skills and knowledge are exchanged through programs of cooperative teaching and continuing education. The clinic contains all the latest diagnostic, medical and surgical capabilities to house and treat a broad range of sick and injured native wildlife.

The Wildlife Clinic treats over 1,600 wild animals a year. We receive most of our animals from good samaritans in the general public, but also work closely with wildlife rehabilitators, biologists, animal control officers, and State and Federal wildlife agencies.. We have been designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the regional facility for the care of federally threatened and endangered species.

The Wildlife Clinic provides rich learning opportunities for students concerned with wildlife preservation, habitat and species diversity, conservation biology, ecological issues, and natural resources. At the clinic, veterinary students work with birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles common to the Northeast. Students play an important role in the treatment and release of the animals as they learn to apply their clinical skills to real-life situations. In addition, Tufts acts as the veterinarians-of-record for The Ecotarium in Worcester, MA. Here, students have a unique opportunity to work with a variety of zoologic species not native to New England. We also have close working relationships with all the regional zoos, aquaria, stranding centers and wildlife rehabilitators, including the New England Aquarium (Boston), Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, CT), ZooNew England (Boston), Roger Williams Park Zoo (Providence, RI) and many others.

The Wildlife Clinic has a long history of involvement with wildlife rehabilitators from all over New England, the U.S. and overseas. Starting with our Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation funded leadership training sessions for rehabilitators and wildlife veterinarians in the early '80's, clinic personnel have been instrumental in the development of many state and national rehabilitators groups. We regularly lecture at many organizations (including meetings of wildlife rehabilitators), publish widely, create educational materials, and have a major commitment to improving the skills of veterinarians and rehabilitators to enhance the care that is given to native wildlife everywhere.

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