Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Florina S. Tseng

Wildlife Medicine and Surgery, Seabird Biology, Oil Spill Response

Director, Wildlife Clinic

Affiliations

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!

Education

  • DVM - Cornell University - 1981
  • BS - Oberlin College - 1976

Decreased hematocrits in common terns (sterna hirundo) exposed to oil: Distinguishing oil effects from natural variation

Author(s):Nisbet, I.C.T. | Tseng, F.S. | Apanius, V.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Waterbirds

A technique for evisceration as an alternative to enucleation in birds of prey: 19 cases

Author(s):Murray, M. | Pizzirani, S. | Tseng, F.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery

Baseline health parameters and species comparisons among free-ranging Atlantic sharpnose (Rhizoprionodon terraenovae), bonnethead (Sphyrna tiburo), and spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) sharks in Georgia, Florida, and Washington, USA

Author(s):Haman, K.H. | Norton, T.M. | Thomas, A.C. | Dove, A.D.M. | Tseng, F.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of Wildlife Diseases

Description of novel babesia species and associated lesions from common murres (uria aalge) from California

Author(s):Yabsley, M.J. | Greiner, E. | Tseng, F.S. | Garner, M.M. | Nordhausen, R.W. | Ziccardi, M.H. | Borjesson, D.L. | Zabolotzky, S.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Journal of Parasitology

Pharmacokinetics of buprenorphine after single-dose subcutaneous administration in red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans)

Author(s):Kummrow, M.S. | Tseng, F. | Hesse, L. | Court, M.
Publication year: 2008
Journal / Book title: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

Diagnosis and treatment of secondary anticoagulant rodenticide toxicosis in a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Author(s):Murray, M. | Tseng, F.
Publication year: 2008
Journal / Book title: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery

Beached bird surveys in Massachusetts: The seabird ecological assessment network (SEANET)

Author(s):Harris, R.J. | Tseng, F.S. | Pokras, M.A. | Suedmeyer, B.A. | Bogart, J.S.H. | Prescott, R.L. | Newman, S.H.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Marine Ornithology

Beach surveys past, present, and future: Toward a global surveillance network for stranded seabirds

Author(s):Newman, S.H. | Harris, R.J. | Tseng, F.S.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Marine Ornithology

Oiled wildlife care network development for integrated emergency response

Author(s):Mazet, J. | Tseng, F. | Holcomb, J. | Jessup, D.
Publication year: 2005
Journal / Book title: 2005 International Oil Spill Conference, IOSC 2005

Care of oiled seabirds: A veterinary perspective

Author(s):Tseng, F.S.
Publication year: 2005
Journal / Book title: 2005 International Oil Spill Conference, IOSC 2005

Oiled Wildlife Care Network development for integrated emergency response

Author(s):Mazet, J. | Tseng, F. | Jessup, D.
Publication year: 2005
Journal / Book title: 2005 International Oil Spill Conference, IOSC 2005

Advances in oiled bird emergency medicine and management

Author(s):Mazet, J.A.K. | Newman, S.H. | Gilardi, K.V.K. | Tseng, F.S. | Holcomb, J.B. | Jessup, D.A. | Ziccardi, M.H.
Publication year: 2002
Journal / Book title: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery

An experimental soft-release of oil-spill rehabilitated American coots (Fulica americana): II. Effects on health and blood parameters

Author(s):Newman, S.H. | Anderson, D.W. | Ziccardi, M.H. | Trupkiewicz, J.G. | Tseng, F.S. | Christopher, M.M. | Zinkl, J.G.
Publication year: 2000
Journal / Book title: 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 Interests by Area

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