S. Emi Knafo - DVM

S. Emi Knafo
Chelonian medicine and surgery, avian orthopedics and wound healing, surgery and endoscopy of all exotic species

Dr. Knafo received her DVM degree from Tufts University in 2008. After graduation, she completed an internship in large animal surgery and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, and then completed an internship in zoological medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia in 2010. She then completed a residency in zoological medicine and surgery at Cornell University in 2013. Dr. Knafo is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Zoological Companion Animal Medicine at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. 

Dr. Knafo’s professional interests include avian orthopedics and wound healing, surgery and endoscopy of exotic species, applications of surgical and endoscopic techniques to aid in wildlife conservation efforts, and novel therapies for treatment of Mycoplasma pulmonis in pet rats.

When not working, Dr. Knafo likes to ride horses, CrossFit, run marathons, travel, paint, and raise honeybees.  She shares her home with her husband, 4 dogs, a severe macaw, and cat.

Education

  • DVM – Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University 2008
  • Internship in Large Animal Surgery and Critical Care - University of Pennsylvania 2008-2009
  • Internship in Zoological Medicine and Surgery – University of Georgia 2009-2010 Residency in Zoological, Wildlife, and Exotic Pet Medicine – Cornell University 2010-2013

Board Certification

  • Board Eligible, American College of Zoological Medicine – 2015
  • A. Cushing, G. Kollias, S. E. Knafo, R. Streeter, N. Abou-Madi. Recurrent calcium phosphate urolithiasis in a black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 2014 March; 45(1):148-152.
  • S.E. Knafo, A. Rosenblatt, J. Morrisey, J. Flanders, M. Thompson, and H. Knapp-Hoch. Diagnosis and treatment of mesenteric volvulus in a red kangaroo (Macropus rufus). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 2014 April; 44(7):844-850.
  • S.E. Knafo, L. Getman, D.W. Richardson, and M.E. Fecteau. Long bone fractures in camelids: A retrospective study of treatment and outcome in 28 cases (1998-2008). Canadian Veterinary Journal. 2012 July; 53:775–779.
  • S. E. Knafo, S.J. Divers, R. Rech, and S.R. Platt. Magnetic resonance imaging and myelomalacia in an American black bear (Ursus americanus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 2012 June; 43(2):397-401.
  • S.E. Knafo, S. Rivera, J. Flanagan, W. Tapia, L. Cayot, J. Norman, and S. Divers. Sterilization of hybrid Galapagos tortoises (Geochelone nigra) for island restoration: part 1 female endoscopic oophorectomy under ketamine-medetomidine anesthesia. Veterinary Record. 2011 January; 168:47.
  • S. Rivera, S.E. Knafo, J. Flanagan, W. Tapia, L. Cayot, J. Norman, and S. Divers. Sterilization of hybrid Galapagos tortoises (Geochelone nigra) for island restoration: part 2 male phallectomy under intrathecal anesthesia. Veterinary Record. 2011 January;168:78.
  • S.E. Knafo, G. Rapoport, J. Williams, B. Brainard, E. Driskell, E. Uhl, S. Crochik, and S. Divers. Cardiomyopathy and right-sided congestive heart failure in a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. 2011 March; 25(1):32-39.
  • R. D. Nolen-Walston, E. J. Parente, J. E. Madigan, F. David, S.E. Knafo, and J. B. Engiles. Branchial remnant cysts of mature and juvenile horses. Equine Veterinary Journal. 2009 December; 41:918-923.

ABSTRACTS

  • T. Norton, S.E. Knafo, M. Mitchell, et al. Health Assessment of eastern indigo snakes (Drymarchon couperi) in Georgia. Proceedings of the 34th Gopher tortoise Council Meeting, Bainbridge, Georgia, 2012, 3-4. 

General Research Interests

  • Avian orthopedics and wound healing
  • Endoscopy and endosurgery in exotic species
  • Novel therapies for murine Mycoplasma pulmonis infection

Selected Research Projects

  • Intravenous and intraosseous regional limb perfusion in an avian model
  • Sildenafil citrate as a pulmonary protectant for chronic murine Mycoplasma pulmonis infection
  • Endoscopic vasectomy of Mute swans for non-lethal population control

Research and Clinical Interests

  • Avian orthopedics and wound healing
  • Endoscopy and endosurgery in exotic species
  • Novel therapies for murine Mycoplasma pulmonis infection

Teaching

  • Advanced Avian Medicine Elective

Major Specialized Equipment

  • Rigid and flexible endoscopic equipment

Professional membership:

  • AEMV: Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians
  • AAZV: American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
  • AAV: Association of Avian Veterinarians
  • ARAV: Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians
  • AAFV: Association of Fish Veterinarians