Christopher Whittier, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Monday, March, 24th, 2014 Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Whittier is the director of the Master of Science in Conservation Medicine program at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Before Tufts, he worked with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. where he maintains an affiliation. Through the Smithsonian, Dr. Whittier works with the USAID – PREDICT project and is now also engaged in the related USAID-RESPOND program with Tufts. In addition to his years working as a field veterinarian with the mountain gorillas, Dr. Whittier also worked with chimpanzees at Jane Goodall’s field site in Tanzania and is currently the veterinary consultant to the World Wildlife Fund’s western lowland gorilla project in the Central African Republic.
Dr. Whittier can speak about:
- Conservation medicine
- Wildlife health
- Human infectious disease threats to wildlife
- African apes
- Field veterinary work