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  • Field and Lab Techniques: Germany Edition
    Kristen Bishop, MCM’19 Summer Externship with the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin This summer, I had the ultimate pleasure of spending five and a half weeks in Germany to complete my externship for the Master’s in Conservation Medicine (MCM) program at Tufts University. While in Deutschland, I assisted with fieldwork, […]
  • Giraffes Under Parasitic Attack?
    Besides their graceful long necks and legs, giraffes are most recognizable by their distinctive spots. Now conservationists are concerned about a different sort of spots on giraffes, made up of dead tissue and crusty sores that ooze blood or pus.
  • A Survival Guide for Field Work in the Alakai Wilderness Preserve
    Dayna Martinez, MCM’19 Discusses her Winter Externship with the Kaua’i Forest Bird Recovery Project in Kaua’i, Hawai’i As a master’s candidate in Tufts conservation medicine (MCM) program, I was able to spend my winter break in Kaua’i, Hawai’i volunteering with a non-profit organization called Kaua’i Forest Bird Recovery Project (KFBRP). I was able to experience […]
  • Catching Monster Fish in the Hudson River
    Anne, second from left, helps to hold a female Atlantic sturgeon weighing about 190 pounds.   Anne Christian, MCM’17 Externship Experience with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) This summer I went on the ultimate fishing adventure.  As part of the Masters in Conservation Medicine (MCM) Program at Tufts, I spent a month […]
  • How to Live Your Best Life Down Under – Out in the Field vs. Inside the Office
    Natalie Bauer, MCM’19 Shares her Winter Externship Experience with Devils at Cradle Wildlife Sanctuary and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Tasmania Tasmania may seem like a random place to work, but it is a hidden gem for conservation related jobs. There is so much to offer on this island found below the mainland […]

Chris Whittier

V97, PhD Population Medicine

Chris Whittier V97

Chris Whittier, V97, PhD Population Medicine

Chris Whittier, V97, uses his vast experience and knowledge in the fields of population medicine, veterinary medicine and One Health, to direct the MS in Conservation Medicine program (MCM). In addition to teaching courses, mentoring students, and directing the MCM program, Chris is actively involved in global research and conservation efforts.

While studying abroad in Tanzania during his junior year of college, Dr. Whittier had his first exposure to wild mountain gorillas. Inspired by the efforts of conservationists in the field, he went on to veterinary school with a focus on international medicine. His interest in great apes continued, and he returned to Tanzania as a veterinary student to work with renown primatologist and conservationist, Jane Goodall.

Dr. Whittier went on to earn his DVM and PhD in population medicine, with a focus on the diagnosis and epidemiology of infectious disease in wild gorillas. He has since put his expertise to work as a regional field veterinarian with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project) in Africa, as a contributor to the USAID PREDICT Project, and as director of the MCM program at Cummings School.

Whether he’s teaching courses, mentoring students, conducting research, or flying to the aid of mountain gorillas at a moment’s notice, Dr. Whittier’s work is marked by passion and enthusiasm.