Instructor, Research Methods, Principles of Animal Behavior
As Associate Director of the Center for Shelter Dogs, Seana helps set the Center’s strategic direction and priorities, including research conducted by the Center on behalf of dogs in shelters. Seana’s research focuses on improving the welfare and identification of stress of dogs in shelters, gaining a better understanding of the behavior of dogs, and supporting dogs in the home and community. She also is interested in how people’s knowledge and perception of dog behavior influences their relationships with their dogs.
Seana is part of the Center for Animals and Public Policy and teaches in the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program. Her courses include Research Methods and Animal Behavior. She also oversees student research related to dogs and animal behavior.
Prior to joining Cummings School, Seana served as the Executive Director for the Center for Shelter Dogs when it was a program of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Previously, Seana worked for 14 ye...Continue reading
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Public Policy Analysis
Education: B.A. in Government, Smith College, 1983; Ph.D. in Social Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, 1994; M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at
Tufts University, 2005
Courses taught: Introduction to American Politics; Introduction to Public Policy; American National Government; Introduction to Political Science Research Methods; Introduction to Political Science; Grassroots Politics; American State and Local Government; Public Administration; Public Policy Analysis; Civil Liberties and Civil Rights; Gender, Law and Policy; Issues in American Politics and Policy; First Year Seminar: Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!; Animals and Public Policy...Continue reading
Section Co-leader, Animals in Research
A veterinary anesthesiologist, pain specialist, and animal welfare scientist, Dr. Alicia Karas has dedicated her career to the alleviation of pain and stress in animals. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA).
Dr. Karas graduated from Tufts Veterinary School in 1989 and for several years worked in small animal and exotic practice in North Carolina and Texas prior to returning to Tufts to do a residency in anesthesiology. She developed an interest in pain medicine at a time when the field was still developing, and stayed at Tufts for a number of reasons: a love of New England, the Cummings School's commitment to animal and human welfare, and her husband's post at Tufts Medical School.
Dr. Karas started an elective on pain management in 1994 for DVM students and residents, and, along with her anesthesia section colleagues, brought many of the lectures into the school's core c...Continue reading
Director, Laboratory Animal Medicine Service, Clinical Professor and Chair, Laboratory Animal Medicine, Department of Environmental and Population Health
I have 30 years’ experience with research animal care and use with a record of leadership and management. I have a track record of independent and collaborative studies using a wide range of laboratory animal species. I am recognized for my ability to develop consensus-driven solutions to difficult problems with multiple stakeholders. I am widely recognized as an expert in the preventive medicine and clinical care of rodents, nonhuman primates, livestock and many less-common research species. One of my most enjoyable challenges as a laboratory animal veterinarian is to collaborate with faculty and staff on innovative solutions to complex scientific and logistical challenges. I offer a diverse background in academic and pharmaceutical biomedical research.
As a laboratory animal veterinarian, I have an important role in the diagnosis and management of laboratory animal disease, and in the development and applicatio...Continue reading
Assistant Director Section Leader, Animals in the Community
Emily McCobb, DVM, MS, DACVAA, Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and also directs the school’s Shelter Medicine Program. Her interests are in stress, pain and quality of life, and in preparing veterinary students to provide excellent anesthesia in general practice. Dr. McCobb received her veterinary degree from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2000 and completed a rotating internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in 2001. After some time in private practice and obtaining a Masters of Animals and Public Policy, she returned to the Cummings School for a residency in Anesthesiology and Pain Management in 2003. She achieved board certification in 2006 and worked to start the anesthesia and surgery services at Tufts Vets, before joining the faculty of the Cummings School in the anesthesia section in 2010....Continue reading
Research Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences Director, Master of Science in Animals and Public Policy, Center for Animals and Public Policy
A behavioral ecologist and urban wildlife specialist, Dr. Allen Rutberg evaluates wildlife management practices and focuses primarily on white-tailed deer ecology and conflicts. He researches fertility management and contraception to manage deer and wild horse populations, while investigating Lyme disease control and extending his contraception work to other countries. He earned his PhD from the University of Washington....Continue reading