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GENERAL SURGERY

General Surgery Team

  • Dr. Thomas Jenei

    Thomas Jenei

    DVM, DACVS, Interim Medical Director

  • Dr. Carl Kirker-Head

    Carl Kirker-Head

    VetMB, MA, DACVS, DECVS

Dr. Thomas Jenei

Thomas Jenei

DVM, DACVS, Interim Medical Director

Dr Thomas Jenei is a board-certified veterinary surgeon with a clinical focus in soft tissue surgery including gastrointestinal disease, surgical oncology and traumatic injuries. Dr. Jenei obtained his DVM from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009. Dr. Jenei was drawn to Tufts for its diverse expertise and the opportunity to treat horses for a wide variety of conditions, ranging from acute traumatic injuries, such as lacerations and fractures to gastrointestinal diseases. Dr. Jenei is the Associate Medical Director and Assistant Clinical Professor in Large Animal Surgery at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and has a strong research and clinical interest in the surgical and post-operative care of colic patients. Dr. Jenei grew up riding horses as a 4-H member, and his experiences competing and working with horses led him to pursue a veterinary career.

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Dr. Carl Kirker-Head

Carl Kirker-Head

VetMB, MA, DACVS, DECVS

Dr. Carl Kirker-Head is an orthopedic surgeon, equine sports medicine expert and Professor of Large Animal Surgery at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. As the Marilyn M. Simpson Chair in Equine Medicine, his research and clinical interests range from internal fixation and corrective farrier to the use of pharmaceuticals. As Director of the Orthopedic Research Laboratory, Dr. Kirker-Head’s research interests include bone, tendon, ligament, and cartilage growth, grafting and remodeling. He is also involved in research on equine skeletal tissue engineering and orthopedic device development, as well as less invasive (catheter-based) interventions. Dr. Kirker-Head is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons as well as the European College of Veterinary Surgeons.

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House Officers

  • Dr. Joseph Davis

    Joseph Davis

    DVM, Resident

  • Kelsey Jurek

    Kelsey Jurek

    DVM, Intern

  • Dr. Amanda Prisk

    Amanda Prisk

    VMD, Resident

Dr. Joseph Davis

Joseph Davis

DVM, Resident

Dr. Joe Davis grew up on a small farm in northeastern Washington State. He attended Montana State University for his undergraduate degree and began working with horses at a referral clinic in Idaho. Dr. Davis received his veterinary degree from Western University of Health Sciences in 2017 and completed an internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery at Washington State University.

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Kelsey Jurek

Kelsey Jurek

DVM, Intern

Dr. Kelsey Jurek was born and raised in Wisconsin/Minnesota. She attended the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2017. She completed a year-long private practice internship at Stillwater Equine Veterinary Clinic in Stillwater, MN before moving to Massachusetts to join Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as the 2018-2019 Large Animal Surgery Intern. She plans to complete a Large Animal Surgery residency and then remain in academia to teach and do research.

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Dr. Amanda Prisk

Amanda Prisk

VMD, Resident

Dr. Amanda Prisk grew up in northwestern New Jersey and has been working with horses since a young age. She attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate degree, where she trained an American Mustang yearling for sale and was enrolled in specialized courses in both Horse Management and Equine Nutrition. Dr. Prisk attended the University of Pennsylvania for veterinary school and graduated magna cum laude in 2015. Following graduation from veterinary school, she completed a rotating internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, a busy referral practice in New Jersey. She is interested in lameness, advanced diagnostic imaging, orthopedic surgery, and emergency surgery, such as colics and lacerations.

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