Meet the Clinical Studies Lab Technicians

Diane Welsh

Clinical Trial Technician

Welsh, Diane SM (2)Diane Welsh, is a certified veterinary technician with more than 30 years of experience in the field of animal medicine. After receiving her degree in veterinary technology from Becker Junior College, she spent 16 years working in private practice at Littleton Animal Hospital and
Abbott Animal Hospital prior to joining the team at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University 17 years ago. She has held numerous roles during her tenure at Cummings School, from treating critically ill and emergency patients in the ICU and ER, performing hemodialysis treatments on renal service patients to being responsible for the Tufts University blood bank. Now as a clinical trial technician for the Department of Clinical Sciences, she spends more than half of her time focused on clinical studies in the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory and her remaining time with other clinical department studies. Outside of work, she enjoys sewing, reading and spending time with her family. While she has owned golden retrievers, cats and a rabbit over the years, she is currently on a break from pet ownership. In the meantime, she enjoys visiting her two “grandpigs,” (guinea pigs) that her son has at home.

Sarah Cass
Senior Research Technician

Cass, Sarah IDSarah Cass is no stranger to animal medicine, starting her work in small animal hospitals during her high school years. She went on to pursue her passion to care for animals, receiving an associate’s degree in veterinary technology, and subsequently a bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine from Becker College in 2000. Since then her experience has included working as a technician in emergency practice, conducting genetic research and most recently joining the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in June 2014. As a senior research technician, Sarah is involved in all aspects of clinical research from laboratory work, hands-on activities with the animals and client owners, managing laboratory equipment to budgeting. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, whether it’s skiing, hiking, kayaking, biking, or gardening, as well as spending time with her seven-year-old daughter. Sarah doesn’t leave her interactions with animals behind at work where at home she cares for her family’s 13-year-old black lab, three-year-old boxer mix, two cats, a guinea pig, and some fish. You will soon find Sarah on the road meeting with referring veterinarians with the hope of generating interest and enrollment in the exciting and innovative clinical research efforts underway at Cummings School.


Current Research on Canine Compulsive Behavior

By Nicole Cottam, MS, ACAAB

Doberman Flank Sucking

Dobermans helped Tufts researchers understand the keys to Canine Compulsive Disorder.

The research team at the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic has long suspected that canine compulsive behavior has a genetic component.  Recently, this suspicion was confirmed with the discovery that a variant of a gene, which codes for cadherin-2, was overrepresented in a sample of Doberman Pinschers

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