Open Menu Close Menu Open Search Close Search Open Directory Close Directory
Copy of black bay tour 2019 (4)

RSS Articles Featuring Dr. Whittier

  • Why do animals go extinct?
    Some 25 to 50% of animal species on Earth are expected to go extinct over the next 10 to 20 years. Dr. Chris Whittier, V97, director of our M.S. in conservation medicine program, explains why—and shares a glimmer of hope.
  • Spider Monkey Mission
    Cummings School alumni and faculty members team up to help a monkey victim of the illegal pet trade The young spider monkey was no more than a year old when her mother was killed. Poachers in Belize had shot her so they could sell the young monkey as a pet. The shotgun blast knocked the […]
  • 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 […]

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.

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE IVM PROGRAM?