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  • How do deer survive harsh winter weather?
    Chris Whittier, V97, research assistant professor of conservation medicine at Cummings School, explains White-tailed deer, the kind found in Massachusetts and across most of the United States, are the widest-ranging ungulate in the Americas, from as far south as Bolivia to as far north as southern Canada. To cover such diverse territory and climates, white-tailed […]
  • MCM Program Informational Webinar – Monday, March 19 at 1pm (EST)
    Join us remotely to learn more about the Master of Science in Conservation Medicine Program! The first half of the webinar presentation will be dedicated to an overview of the MCM curriculum and experience. The remaining time will be open for questions and further discussion about the program.   MS in Conservation Medicine Program Informational […]
  • MCM Program Informational Webinar – Monday, February 26 at 12pm (EST)
    Join us to learn more about the Master of Science in Conservation Medicine Program! The first half of the webinar presentation will be dedicated to an overview of the MCM curriculum and experience. The remaining time will be open for questions and further discussion about the program.   MS in Conservation Medicine Program Informational Webinar […]
  • Katherine Zhou, MCM’18
    Meet our final MCM’18 student Katherine Zhou, “My legal name is Ying Zhou but people often know me as Katherine. I was born and raised in southern China until college. I recently graduated from University of California — Los Angeles with a BS in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, and a BA in English. I have […]
  • Briana Stockdale, MCM’18
    Next we have Briana Stockdale, MCM’18, “I grew up exploring the lush Smoky Mountains surrounding Knoxville, TN and quickly became enraptured by all the creatures that also called them home. From a young age, I knew I wanted a career aiding animals, and as I got older, my love for biology and medicine blossomed. I […]

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.

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