Faculty and Staff

Mark Pokras, DVM
Mark Pokras, DVM
Associate Professor, Wildlife Clinic
Mark Pokras is one of the old timers at the Clinic, having been a veterinary student at tufts from 1980-84, a resident in zoo and wildlife medicine (under Dr. Charles Sedgwick, the Clinic's first director) from 1985-87, a faculty member since 1988, and Clinic Director from 1995 - 2008. Mark is also one of the founders of Tufts TCCM. Mark grew up in New York, New Jersey, New England, Mexico and Venezuela, and did his undergraduate work at Cornell University. Next he (and wife Martha) worked in marine biological research from 1971-1974, and then taught ornithology and marine biology at Stockton State College in New Jersey until Mark entered TCSVM. He regularly consults for a variety of private, state and federal wildlife and environmental agencies on issues of environmental health and policy. Mark's professional interests include working with students, medicine and surgery of native wildlife (especially birds and reptiles), aquatic birds and environmental health, allometric scaling and conservation biology. He has been doing mortatilty research on loons since 1987 and is widely recognized for his work on lead poisoning. Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, a variety of outdoor activities, and playing music. Faculty Profile
Flo Tseng, DVM
Flo Tseng, DVM
Director, Wildlife Clinic; Associate Professor
As Director of the Wildlife Clinic, Flo Tseng oversees Clinic operations and instructs students during their rotations at the Clinic. Before joining the Clinic in 2000, she received her D.V.M. from Cornell University in 1981, worked in small animal and exotic private practice and then completed an internship in wildlife medicine at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. After her internship, she was the Director of Veterinary Services at a large rehabilitation center near Seattle until 1996.  At that time she became the Research Director and Staff Veterinarian for International Bird Rescue Research Center in Berkeley, California. IBRRC is internationally renowned for their expertise in treating wildlife suffering from the effects of oil spills.  Flo’s expertise lies in seabird rehabilitation and the effects of petroleum on these species. She is one of the principal investigators of Tufts CCM's Seabird Initiative, which has established SEANET, a regional seabird population and mortality monitoring program. In addition, she has interests in the use of analgesics in wildlife species and the ecological factors contributing to wildlife morbidity and mortality.  When she is not running around after students and wild animals, she is kept very busy by her daughter, Rosie! Faculty Profile
Maureen Murray, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian
Maureen Murray, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian
Staff Veterinarian, Clinical Assistant Professor
Maureen Murray is a 2003 graduate of Tufts Veterinary School. She is currently doing research on rodenticide poisoning in birds of prey at the Clinic. She also has a strong interest in turtle medicine and conservation and avian orthopedics. Faculty Profile
Karen Donahue, CVT
Karen Donahue, CVT
Wildlife Technician
Karen began as an intern for the clinic during her senior year at Mount Ida College in 2004. This internship turned into a career at the clinic as a wildlife technician. She graduated from Mount Ida College where she obtained a bachelor degree in animal science. Along with being a certified veterinary technician, Karen has been a registered pharmacist in Massachusetts since 1981. Animals have always been her passion and were the primary motive behind her career change. Her hobbies include silversmithing, traveling, spending time with her family, and taking care of her menagerie of pets. email Karen
Paula McCarthy
Paula McCarthy
Wildlife Technician
Paula McCarthy has been at the Clinic since 2004, first as a volunteer and then as a veterinary technician. She received her BS degree from the University of Minnesota in 1982 and obtained an associates degree in veterinary technology from the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 1985. She has a special interest in birds, especially raptors, and is fond of turtles. When not at the Clinic, Paula assists with the management of her husband´s surgery practice, Veterinary Surgery of Central MA, acts as a part-time taxi driver for her 14 year old daughter Sara, keeps her 17-year old son Nick in line, and spends as much time playing tennis as possible.
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Cristin Kelley, DVM
Intern
Cristin is currently completing a one year internship in wildlife and conservation medicine at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic. She grew up in the Midwest and has been interested in wildlife and particularly birds for many years. As an undergrad at the University of Illinois she did field research that involved nest monitoring and banding of songbirds. She worked full time as a veterinary technician for four years prior to veterinary school at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI where she helped care for whooping crane chicks as part of a release project. In 2012 she graduated from Tufts Veterinary School and went on to complete a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA. Cristin’s professional interests include wildlife rehabilitation and avian medicine and surgery. Cristin's full profile
Whitney Stiehler
Whitney Stiehler
Staff Assistant
Whitney started at the clinic during the summer of 2011. She ensures that the clinic runs smoothly from assisting the faculty and students, recruiting volunteers, ordering supplies, or greeting you at the front desk. You can find her doing whatever is needed. Whitney earned her B.A. from Syracuse University as an art history and pre-veterinary medicine major. She has worked in the education and wildlife field for 15 years. During that time, Whitney worked as a high school biology teacher, worked in Yellowstone National Park researching bison, wolves, and grizzly bears, as well as in New Mexico researching prairie dog behavior. Whitney also traveled to South Africa where she assisted in the study of Brown Hyena behavior. Previously, she has worked for the Massachusetts Audubon Society where she was the Wildlife Supervisor and as a veterinary assistant gaining valuable medical experience for her future wildlife rehabilitation goals. Whitney has a soft spot for rodents, crows, and vultures. When Whitney is not at Tufts, you can find her photographing wildlife or drawing. email Whitney
Percy
Percy
Eastern Screech Owl, Resident patient and Clinic mascot
Percy arrived at the Clinic in 2003 as a juvenile with a severely injured eye.  Unfortunately Percy lost his vision in his injured eye. Also, because Percy arrived at the clinic so young, he has never learned to hunt.  Percy cannot be released or kept as a pet, so he has become a permanent member of the clinic helping teach veterinary students and acting as the Clinic mascot.  He enjoys perching on shoulders and heads, crickets and quiet times in the Clinic with his friends.