Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
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. Nisbet, Ian C. T., Tseng, Florina S. and Apanius, Victor. Supplementary material for paper "Decreased Hematocrits in Common Terns Exposed to Oil: Distinguishing Oil Effects from Natural Variation." To be published in Waterbirds, Vol. 36(2), June 2012
  2. Murray M, Tseng F. “Diagnosis and Treatment of Secondary Anticoagulant Rodenticide Toxicosis in a Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)”. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. Vol 22(1), 2008.  
  3. Kummrow M, Tseng F, Pessier AP. “What is your diagnosis? (Hypovitaminosis A in a tiger salamander)”. Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery Vol 16(4): 144-146, 2006.  
  4. Newman, SH, Harris RJ, Tseng FS. Beach surveys past, present and future: toward a global surveillance network for stranded seabirds. Marine Ornithology Vol. 34 (2): 87–90, 2006.  
  5. Harris RJ, Tseng FT, Pokras MA, Suedmeyer BA, Bogart JSH, Prescott, R and S Newman. “Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET) volunteer beached bird surveys in Massachusetts, 2003-4. Marine Ornithology Vol. 34 (2): 115-122, 2006.

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