Research/Areas of Interest:
Health of free-ranging wildlife; Wildlife rehabilitation and reintroduction; Conservation medicine; Infectious disease ecology and zoonoses, especially pathogen transmission from humans to other animals; Cat and dog population control, especially in lower and middle income countries
Doctor of Philosophy, North Carolina State Univ, USA, 2005
Doctor of Vet Medicine, Tufts University, USA, 1993
BA, Yale University, New Haven, United States, 1989
Dr. Felicia B. Nutter is a specialist wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist. She has extensive conservation medicine field experience, both domestically and internationally, working at the interface of human, domestic and wild animal, and ecosystem health. Her research interests range from infectious disease ecology, to veterinary medical contributions to endangered species conservation, and the development of scientifically sound management options for feral cat populations. She previously worked as Regional Field Veterinarian for the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo; as Staff Veterinarian at the Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, CA; and as the founding Assistant Director of Veterinary International Programs at North Carolina State University.
Since 2009, Dr. Nutter has held leadership roles in the USAID – Emerging Pandemic Threats Program, focused on the development of curriculum and learning opportunities to support teaching and learning about One Health in multiple countries across Africa and Southeast Asia.
As Director of the International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) program at the Cummings School, she mentors veterinary students interested in exploring research and service projects, as well as clinical rotations, in other countries. The IVM program also provides the opportunity for highly-motivated students to earn a Post-graduate Certificate in IVM, which requires the completion of a summer research project. Many students go on to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals.