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Alicia Z. Karas - DVM, MS, DACVAA

Alicia Z. Karas
Assistant Professor

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  • DVM - Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine - 1989
  • MS - Tufts School of Nutrition - 1985
  • BA - Harvard University - 1981

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA)
  1. 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.
  2. Hekman, J.P., Karas, A.Z., Sharp, C.R. 2014. Psychogenic stress in hospitalized dogs: Cross species comparisons, implications for health care, and the challenges of evaluation. Animals.
  3. Rock, M.L., Karas, A.Z., Gallo, M.S., Pritchett-Corning, K., Gaskill, B.N. 2014. Housing condition and nesting experience do not affect the Time to Integrate to Nest Test (TINT). Animal Welfare.
  4. Rock, M.L., Karas, A.Z., Gartrell Rodriguez, K.B., Gallo, M.S., Pritchett-Corning, K., Karas, R.H., Aronovitz, M., Gaskill, B.N. 2014. The time-to-integrate-to-nest test as an indicator of wellbeing in laboratory mice. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.
  5. Gaskill, B.N., Karas, A.Z., Garner, J.P., Pritchett-Corning, K.R. 2013. Nest building as an indicator of health and welfare in laboratory mice.. Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE.
  6. Hekman, J.P., Karas, A.Z., Dreschel, N.A. 2012. Salivary cortisol concentrations and behavior in a population of healthy dogs hospitalized for elective procedures. Applied Animal Behaviour Science.
  7. Karas, A.Z. 2011. To the editor. Lab Animal.
  8. Weaver, L.A., Blaze, C.A., Linder, D.E., Andrutis, K.A., Karas, A.Z. 2010. A model for clinical evaluation of perioperative analgesia in rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.
  9. Abelson, A.L., McCobb, E.C., Shaw, S., Armitage-Chan, E., Wetmore, L.A., Karas, A.Z., Blaze, C. 2009. Use of wound soaker catheters for the administration of local anesthetic for post-operative analgesia: 56 cases. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.
  10. Karas, A.Z., Danneman, P.J., Cadillac, J.M. 2008. Strategies for Assessing and Minimizing Pain. Anesthesia and Analgesia in Laboratory Animals.
  11. Fish, R.E., Brown, M.J., Danneman, P.J., Karas, A.Z. 2008. Preface. Anesthesia and Analgesia in Laboratory Animals.
  12. Abelson, A.L., Karas, A.Z. 2008. The authors respond. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  13. Abelson, A.L., Faissler, D., Karas, A.Z. 2008. Anesthesia case of the month. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  14. Fish, R., Danneman, P., Brown, M., Karas, A. 2008. Anesthesia and Analgesia in Laboratory Animals. Anesthesia and Analgesia in Laboratory Animals.
  15. Karas, A.Z. 2006. Barriers to assessment and treatment of pain in laboratory animals. Lab Animal.
  16. Flecknell, P., Karas, A. 2004. Assessing and managing pain and distress for ethics committees. ATLA Alternatives to Laboratory Animals.
  17. Chevalier, H.M., Provost, P.J., Karas, A.Z. 2004. Effect of caudal epidural xylazine on intraoperative distress and post-operative pain in Holstein heifers. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.
  18. Karas, A.Z., Goldberg, A.M., Tranquilli, W., Gross, D. 2003. Recognizing signs of pain [2] (multiple letters). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  19. Kaufman, G.E., Seymour, R.E., Bonner, B.B., Court, M.H., Karas, A.Z. 2003. Use of rocuronium for endotracheal intubation of North American Gulf Coast box turtles. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  20. Karas, A.Z. 2002. Postoperative analgesia in the laboratory mouse, Mus musculus. Lab Animal.

General Research Interests

  • Pain medicine

Selected Research Projects

  • Evidence-based surgical analgesia in the laboratory rabbit
  • Evaluation of surgical analgesia in the laboratory mouse
  • Effects of Bowen on stress in hospitalized dogs
  • Nest behavior as an indicator of well-being in laboratory mice

Research and Clinical Interests

  • Clinical assessment of pain
  • Acute pain management
  • Animal well-being and quality of life
  • Chronic and cancer pain
  • Complementary medicine, acupuncture, manual therapies


  • Anesthesiology & Pain Management
  • An Introduction to Animal Welfare
  • Animals in Society: Research