A smiling woman with long red hair, wearing glasses, a black leather jacket and a yellow blouse. There is a scarf around her neck.

Gretchen Kaufman, D.V.M.


Dr. Kaufman was the first Director for the Masters in Conservation Medicine program at Cummings School. Her primary focus was on developing curriculum for the new program where she built environmental and conservation issues into the traditional veterinary program both within Tufts and in the wider veterinary education community. Currently, Dr. Kaufman is overseeing and developing the Allen School’s global educational programs. She coordinates the Professional Certificate Program in Global Animal Health for WSU veterinary students interested in pursuing careers that address global health challenges at the human-animal interface. Dr. Kaufman works with the Allen School leadership team to develop additional graduate level teaching platforms that compliment and support the school’s research and outreach mission. Dr. Kaufman also works with educational partners, such as the University of Washington, to create innovative one-health teaching platforms and curricula that address the growing need for education and leadership in this area. Dr. Kaufman has worked in Nepal since 2001. She helped the veterinary school at the Institute for Agriculture and Animal Science put in place student-centered dog rabies prevention and surgical sterilization curriculum. With the support from a Fulbright award, she developed a wildlife and conservation medicine master’s course. She has facilitated and mentored more than 20 joint Nepalese-American veterinary student research projects. Dr. Kaufman has also been working with government wildlife officials and local and international nongovernmental organizations to build capacity in wildlife health in Nepal. This work has resulted in the government sanctioned Nepal Elephant Tuberculosis Control and Management Action Plan and the creation of several new wildlife veterinary positions.