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Alison H Robbins - MS, DVM

Alison H Robbins
Research Assistant Professor
Assistant Director for the Masters' Program in Conservation Medicine
Zoonotic Diseases, Disease Control in Free-Ranging Wildlife, Conservation Medicine

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Dr. Robbins is the Assistant Director for the Masters’ Program in Conservation Medicine, and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at the Cummings School.  Dr. Robbins’ research interests focus on infectious wildlife diseases of conservation and public health importance, and control of wildlife disease in free-ranging populations.  Emerging fungal diseases of humans, wildlife, and plants is an additional area of Dr. Robbins’ research interest. Dr. Robbins directed the Cape Cod Oral Rabies Control Program from 1992 to 2008, in which free-ranging raccoons in Massachusetts were vaccinated to prevent disease spread. In 2006 she was a visiting scholar in Queensland, Australia studying amphibian chytrid disease ecology and epidemiology. Since 2009 Dr. Robbins has worked on White Nose Syndrome in bats, developing diagnostic and treatment methods.

Dr. Robbins contributed to building the Conservation Medicine Masters’ Program beginning in 2010, and continues to develop interdisciplinary curriculum and teaching methods, direct and teach courses, and mentor the next generation of conservation medicine practitioners.


  • BS - University of New Hampshire - 1983
  • MS - Tufts University - 1989
  • DVM - Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts Univeristy - 1992
  1. McGuill, M.W., Kreindel, S.M., DeMaria Jr., A., Robbins, A.H., Rowell, S., Hanlon, C.A., Rupprecht, C.E. 1998. Human contact with bait containing vaccine for control of rabies in wildlife. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  2. Robbins, A.H., Borden, M.D., Windmiller, B.S., Niezgoda, M., Marcus, L.C., O'Brien, S.M., Kreindel, S.M., McGuill, M.W., DeMaria Jr., A., Rupprecht, C.E., Rowell, S. 1998. Prevention of the spread of rabies to wildlife by oral vaccination of raccoons in Massachusetts. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

General Research Interests

  • Zoonotic diseases of public health importance,
  • Wildlife diseases surveillance and epidemiology, especially rabies, amphibian chytridiomycosis, and white nose syndrome in bats,
  • Disease control methods in free-ranging populations
  • Conservation medicine

Tufts research on white-nose syndrome article: