Staying with the Herd: Amanda Prisk

Surgeon and emergency clinician appointed assistant clinical professor of large animal surgery
Amanda Prisk, Assistant Clinical Professor
Amanda Prisk, Assistant Clinical Professor. Photo: Paul Rutherford for Tufts University

Dr. Amanda Prisk (she/her/hers) has served Cummings School’s Hospital for Large Animals as a surgeon and emergency clinician since completing her Large Animal Surgery residency at Tufts in 2019. She was drawn to the school’s large animal surgery residency by its diverse equine and non-equine patients, faculty expertise, surgical training opportunities, and diagnostic capabilities, including advanced diagnostic imaging.

Board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2020, Prisk was appointed in September as an assistant clinical professor of large animal surgery. “The collaborative, supportive environment across multiple hospitals and specialties was a significant draw for continuing my career here,” she says.

Adding more teaching to her responsibilities was a natural fit. A New Jersey native, Prisk graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in animal science with a minor in equine science. During her time at Rutgers, Prisk worked on the school’s farm in the equine, bovine, and swine units and gained experiences in many areas, including serving as a teaching assistant and tutor. 

“Through these experiences, I developed a desire to pursue opportunities for teaching throughout my career,” Prisk explains. “I thoroughly enjoy teaching and mentoring future veterinary colleagues, including preclinical and clinical-year students, as well as house officers.”

Prisk graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. While learning about and treating a wide variety of large animal cases throughout veterinary school, Prisk decided to pursue a career as a specialist with a particular interest in surgery. She later completed a rigorous rotating internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, a busy equine referral practice in central New Jersey.

Prisk is eager to explore the variety of her new appointment. “I look forward to collaborating with colleagues in the Hospital for Large Animals and Foster Hospital for Small Animals,” she contends. “I am excited about more clinical teaching opportunities with a wider variety of cases while adding elective and daytime surgical clinical duties and maintaining a role as an emergency and critical care clinician.”

“Transitioning to a role as a faculty member enables me to help develop future clinicians who will lead our profession,” she says. “Furthermore, the enhanced opportunity for professional development and research are enticing. These opportunities will broaden my clinical acumen and enable me to be an effective, innovative clinical educator.”

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