Smart. Tough. Dedicated. Dr. Felicia Nutter is a natural fit as the Director of International Veterinary Medicine. Beyond her academic qualifications (DVM, PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences, and a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine), she has a long resume of hands-on fieldwork and leadership from East Africa to Southeast Asia, California to New England. She is known for her dedication to her work, and to the people she works with. Veterinary students with an interest in IVM will always find an open door, and a knowledgeable resource in Dr. Nutter.
As a young veterinary student at Cummings School, Dr. Nutter was interested in wildlife medicine, and completed an international research project studying the gastrointestinal parasites of chimpanzees and baboons in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Following graduation, she completed a Fulbright Fellowship there, continuing the research she started in veterinary school. Years later, she returned to Central and East Africa to serve as the regional field veterinarian for the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. During her 4-year tenure, in addition to responding to mountain gorilla health emergencies, she oversaw domestic animal health and research programs, co-founded an orphan gorilla care program, and helped start an employee health program.
In 2009, Dr. Nutter returned to Cummings School as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Global Health and was appointed Senior Technical Veterinary Officer for RESPOND, part of the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. She continues her leadership role as part of the multidisciplinary team on the One Health Workforce project, tasked with creating more effective cooperation between veterinarians, doctors, and public health officials, building capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases.
As director of the International Veterinary Medicine program, Dr. Nutter lends her experience and expertise in International Veterinary Medicine to her students. She explains, “The hands-on, immediate impact of helping injured or sick animals is very satisfying. But to conserve populations, we need to identify and solve problems on a larger scale. Animal, human, and environmental health are bound together. The interdisciplinary collaboration between physicians, researchers, veterinarians, conservationists, public health officials, and educators is essential to ensuring sustainable global health.”