Engaging with Animals and Academia

Q & A with Wellesley (Kosak) Carminati, department manager, Ambulatory Medicine and Theriogenology
a smiling individual with long hair wearing a dark blue jacket embraces a gray Gotland sheep
Wellesley (Kosak) Carminati, department manager of Ambulatory Medicine and Theriogenology at Cummings School, embraces a Gotland sheep. Photo: Dr. Rachael Gately

What is your job and what is your favorite part about your role here at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine?
I am the department manager for the Department of Ambulatory Medicine & Theriogenology. My favorite parts about my job are the people I work with and the variety of species I get exposed to at Tufts Veterinary Field Service in Woodstock, Connecticut.

How long have you been at Cummings School and what makes it a special place to work?
In December I reached my two-year anniversary. Cummings School is a special place to work because you know that your job is contributing to the greater good–whether that is educating students, engaging with animals, or collaborating with enthusiastic colleagues. I also love working in academia, so being a part of Cummings School where academia and animals coincide, what could be better?

Do you have a memorable anecdote to share?
When our department chair was retiring, the clinic was supposed to close early to celebrate his last day. Just before the clinic was about to close, an emergency came in. A pregnant ewe had three lambs that were stuck and required an emergency c-section. It was all hands on deck (faculty & staff) to get the lambs out safely. Every doctor in the building helped with the delivery, and staff members–including me–cleaned the lambs and helped get them on their feet. It is my favorite memory at the clinic so far.

What brings you the most joy?
My family, friends, and my cat, Stump.