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Florina S. Tseng

Florina S. Tseng
Wildlife Medicine and Surgery, Seabird Biology, Oil Spill Response
Director, Wildlife Clinic
As Director of the Wildlife Clinic, Flo Tseng oversees Clinic operations and instructs students during their rotations at the Clinic. Before joining the Clinic in 2000, she received her D.V.M. from Cornell University in 1981, worked in small animal and exotic private practice and then completed an internship in wildlife medicine at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. After her internship, she was the Director of Veterinary Services at a large rehabilitation center near Seattle until 1996.  At that time she became the Research Director and Staff Veterinarian for International Bird Rescue Research Center in Berkeley, California. IBRRC is internationally renowned for their expertise in treating wildlife suffering from the effects of oil spills.  Flo’s expertise lies in seabird rehabilitation and the effects of petroleum on these species. She is one of the principal investigators of Tufts CCM's Seabird Initiative, which has established SEANET, a regional seabird population and mortality monitoring program. In addition, she has interests in the use of analgesics in wildlife species and the ecological factors contributing to wildlife morbidity and mortality.  When she is not running around after students and wild animals, she is kept very busy by her daughter, Rosie!


  • DVM - Cornell University - 1981
  • BS - Oberlin College - 1976
  1. Davies, R., Rozanski, E., Tseng, F., Jennings, S., Paul, A. 2016. Traumatic uterine rupture in three felids. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
  2. Nisbet, I.C.T., Tseng, F.S., Fiorello, C.V., Apanius, V. 2015. Changes in White Blood Cell Parameters of Common Terns (Sterna hirundo) Exposed to Low Levels of Oil. Waterbirds.
  3. Helm, R.C., Carter, H.R., Glenn Ford, R., Michael Fry, D., Moreno, R.L., Sanpera, C., Tseng, F.S. 2015. Overview of Efforts to Document and Reduce Impacts of Oil Spills on Seabirds. Handbook of Oil Spill Science and Technology.
  4. Mazor-Thomas, J.E., Mann, P.E., Karas, A.Z., Tseng, F. 2014. Pain-suppressed behaviors in the red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). Applied Animal Behaviour Science.
  5. Muthupalani, S., Torres, P.A., Wang, B.C., Zeng, B.J., Eaton, S., Erdelyi, I., Ducore, R., Maganti, R., Keating, J., Perry, B.J., Tseng, F.S., Waliszewski, N., Pokras, M., Causey, R., Seger, R., March, P., Tidwell, A., Pfannl, R., Seyfried, T., Kolodny, E.H., Alroy, J. 2014. GM1-gangliosidosis in American black bears: Clinical, pathological, biochemical and molecular genetic characterization. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism.
  6. Murray, M., Pizzirani, S., Tseng, F. 2013. A technique for evisceration as an alternative to enucleation in birds of prey: 19 cases. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery.
  7. Nisbet, I.C.T., Tseng, F.S., Apanius, V. 2013. Decreased hematocrits in common terns (sterna hirundo) exposed to oil: Distinguishing oil effects from natural variation. Waterbirds.
  8. Yabsley, M.J., Greiner, E., Tseng, F.S., Garner, M.M., Nordhausen, R.W., Ziccardi, M.H., Borjesson, D.L., Zabolotzky, S. 2009. Description of novel babesia species and associated lesions from common murres (uria aalge) from California. Journal of Parasitology.
  9. Kummrow, M.S., Tseng, F., Hesse, L., Court, M. 2008. Pharmacokinetics of buprenorphine after single-dose subcutaneous administration in red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.
  10. Murray, M., Tseng, F. 2008. Diagnosis and treatment of secondary anticoagulant rodenticide toxicosis in a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery.
  11. Newman, S.H., Harris, R.J., Tseng, F.S. 2006. Beach surveys past, present, and future: Toward a global surveillance network for stranded seabirds. Marine Ornithology.
  12. Harris, R.J., Tseng, F.S., Pokras, M.A., Suedmeyer, B.A., Bogart, J.S.H., Prescott, R.L., Newman, S.H. 2006. Beached bird surveys in Massachusetts: The seabird ecological assessment network (SEANET). Marine Ornithology.
  13. Tseng, F.S. 2005. Care of oiled seabirds: A veterinary perspective. 2005 International Oil Spill Conference, IOSC 2005.
  14. Mazet, J., Tseng, F., Jessup, D. 2005. Oiled Wildlife Care Network development for integrated emergency response. 2005 International Oil Spill Conference, IOSC 2005.
  15. Mazet, J., Tseng, F., Holcomb, J., Jessup, D. 2005. Oiled wildlife care network development for integrated emergency response. 2005 International Oil Spill Conference, IOSC 2005.
  16. Mazet, J.A.K., Newman, S.H., Gilardi, K.V.K., Tseng, F.S., Holcomb, J.B., Jessup, D.A., Ziccardi, M.H. 2002. Advances in oiled bird emergency medicine and management. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery.
  17. Newman, S.H., Anderson, D.W., Ziccardi, M.H., Trupkiewicz, J.G., Tseng, F.S., Christopher, M.M., Zinkl, J.G. 2000. An experimental soft-release of oil-spill rehabilitated American coots (Fulica americana): II. Effects on health and blood parameters. Environmental Pollution.

General Research Interests

  • Wildlife medicine and surgery with an emphasis on seabird biology

Selected Research Projects

Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANet) - a long term collaborative effort to assess the health of seabird populations from Delaware Bay to Atlantic Canada. The network compiles and analyzes data on population distribution, demographics, disease outbreaks, mortality events, and anthropogenic threats to seabirds, waterbirds, and waterfowl. We are also organizing and expanding volunteer-based beached bird surveys and forming a network of interested researchers in the region.

My interest in the subject of analgesia in wildlife patients has led to the development of a research project mapping opioid receptors in the brains of red-tailed hawks.  We hope that this data will better inform our analgesic protocols in clinical patients.

Research and Clinical Interests

  • Clinical wildlife medicine and surgery
  • The effects of oil pollution on wildlife
  • Marine ecosystem health

Research Interests by Area

International, Wildlife and Conservation Medicine
  • SEANET; Petroleum Toxicity; Wildlife Analgesia