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Mark Pokras, D.V.M.

Mark Pokras, D.V.M.

Adjunct for the Wildlife Health Program

After earning his D.V.M. from Tufts University, Mark stayed on as a resident in zoo and wildlife medicine. Then, in 1988, he became a faculty member at Tufts, where he later served as Director of the Wildlife Clinic and was one of the founders of Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine.

Mark's professional interests include medicine and surgery in wildlife, aquatic birds, environmental health, and conservation biology. He has been researching mortality in loons since 1987 and is well-known for his work on lead poisoning in wildlife and public health.

Mark joined BRI in 2015 as senior consulting veterinarian.


  • Residency in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine — 1985-1988 
  • D.V.M., Tufts University, 1984
  • B.S., Cornell Universtiy, 1971

Expertise and Experience

  • Conservation Medicine
  • Wildlife Health
  • Loons
  • Environmental Contaminants

Research Interests

  • Seabird Ecological Assessment Network
  • Functional and surgical anatomy of birds and reptiles
  • Environmental pathology (including toxicology) of wildlife species
  • Captive management of aquatic reptiles, birds and mammals
  • Allometric scaling as a tool for understanding comparative clinical medicine
  • Development of minimally invasive field techniques for wildlife health studies

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