Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Amanda Abelson

Emergency & Critical Care/Anesthesia

Dr. Amanda Abelson joined the faculty of the Tufts Cummings’ School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 as a member of both the anesthesia service and the small animal emergency and critical care service. Her particular interests include anesthesia of the high risk patient and perioperative management of critically ill dogs and cats.

Dr. Abelson grew up not far from Tufts, in a house that was always filled with a variety of adored pets. When she was a young girl, her interest in veterinary medicine was sparked when her gerbil was injured and received medical care at a local veterinary emergency room.

Dr. Abelson received her DVM from Tufts in 2005. During her fourth year as a student she discovered that she had a love of both anesthesia and small animal emergency and critical care. Following a one year internship, Dr. Abelson entered a combined residency at Tufts in both specialties which she completed in 2011. She is one of only a handful of veterinarians who specializes in both areas. After a year working at the University of Florida Teaching Hospital, she returned to Tufts. Dr. Abelson’s research interests include transfusion medicine, abdominal sepsis, and trauma.

Dr. Abelson met her husband in Hawaii while they were training dolphins. They now have two young children, a dog named Rosie, three cats, and a very busy household.


  • BA Bowdoin College
  • DVM Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Residency Cerificate Small and Large Animal Anesthesia
  • Residency Certificate Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care

Board Certification

  1. Use of mycophenolate mofetil as a rescue agent in the treatment of severe generalized myasthenia gravis in three dogs. Abelson A, Shelton D, Whelan M, et al. JVECC 2009;19(4):369-374.
  2. A comparison of epidural morphine with low dose bupivacaine versus epidural morphine alone on motor and respiratory function in dogs following splenectomy. Abelson AL, Armitage-Chan E, Lindsey JC, Wetmore LA. 2011 May;38(3):213-23.

General Research Interests

  • Transfusion medicine
  • Trauma
  • Abdominal sepsis

Selected Research Projects

  • Coagulopathy in trauma


  • Clinical Skills I and II Course Director

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Emergency and Critical Care
  • Protocol driven clinical practice, trauma, transfusion medicine