About the Tufts Wildlife Clinic

Mission Statement

  • 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

Vision Statement

  • 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 by Dr. Charles Sedgwick as an integral part of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. In January of 2001, Tufts Wildlife Clinic moved into a new, modern, environmentally designed building. In addition to the clinic, the Center for Conservation Medicine and International Program are housed under the same roof in the Bernice Barbour Wildlife Medicine Building. Tufts Wildlife Clinic is a regional resource for many veterinarians, health professionals, and wildlife biologists. Skills and knowledge are exchanged through programs of cooperative teaching and continuing education. The clinic contains all 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 2,000 wild animals a year. We receive most of our animals from the general public, but also work closely with wildlife rehabilitators, biologists, animal control officers and state and federal wildlife agencies. We have 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 students concerned with wildlife preservation, habitat and species diversity, conservation biology, ecological issues and natural resources. At the clinic, veterinary students 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. In addition, Tufts acts as the veterinarians-of-record for The Ecotarium in Worcester, Mass. Here, students have a unique opportunity to work with a variety of zoological species not native to New England. We also have close working relationships with all the regional zoos, aquaria, stranding centers and wildlife rehabilitators, including the New England Aquarium (Boston), Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, Conn.), ZooNew England (Boston), Roger Williams Park Zoo (Providence, R.I.) and many others.

Tufts Wildlife Clinic has a long history of involvement with wildlife rehabilitators from all over New England, the United States and overseas. Starting with our Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation-funded leadership training sessions for rehabilitators and wildlife veterinarians in the early 1980s, clinic personnel have been instrumental in the development of many state and national rehabilitators groups. We regularly lecture at many organizations (including meetings of wildlife rehabilitators), publish widely, create educational materials and are committed to improving the skills of veterinarians and rehabilitators to enhance the care that is given to native wildlife everywhere.

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.