About the Clinic
- Educate and engage veterinary students in the practice of wildlife medicine as well as the larger ethical and conservation issues that impact wildlife individuals and populations.
- Provide humane, appropriate and best achievable medical care and rehabilitation for wildlife patients with the goal of eventual release back to the wild.
- Advance knowledge in the fields of wildlife and conservation medicine through high-quality research activities with the goal of improving the well-being of wildlife individuals and populations.
- Serve as an educational resource for veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, government agencies, and the general public
- Tufts Wildlife Clinic continually strives to be a center of excellence for education, clinical practice, and discovery in the fields of wildlife and conservation medicine.
About the Clinic
Tufts Wildlife Clinic was established in 1983 as an integral part of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. As a regional resource for information related to wildlife health for the general public, wildlife biologists, veterinarians, health professionals and others, Tufts Wildlife Clinic is comprised of the latest diagnostic, medical and surgical capabilities to house and treat a broad range of sick and injured native wildlife.
Tufts Wildlife Clinic treats over 3,000 wild animals a year. The Clinic receives most of its animals from the general public, but also works closely with wildlife rehabilitators, biologists, animal control officers and state and federal wildlife agencies. It has been designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the regional facility for the care of federally threatened and endangered species.
Tufts Wildlife Clinic provides rich learning opportunities for veterinary students to work with birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles common to the Northeast. Students play an important role in the treatment and release of the animals as they learn to apply their clinical skills to real-life situations. The Clinic enjoys close working relationships with all of the regional zoos, aquaria, wildlife rehabilitators and other wildlife organizations.
Tufts Wildlife Clinic continually strives to be a center of excellence for education, clinical practice, and discovery in the fields of wildlife and conservation medicine.