Dr. Alicia Karas

Alicia Karas, DVM

A veterinary anesthesiologist and pain specialist, Dr. Alicia Karas graduated from Tufts Veterinary School in 1989. After several years in small animal practice in North Carolina and Texas, she returned to Tufts to do a residency in anesthesiology, and became a Diplomate of the College of Veterinary Anesthesiology in 1996. Dr. Karas is also a faculty member at the Cummings School, and teaches and studies anesthesia and pain medicine for both companion and laboratory animal populations. Spending 2 days each week at Tufts Vets, she is responsible for ensuring skillful anesthesia and pain management protocols for patients.

Dr. Karas has authored numerous textbook chapters and articles on pain treatment and assessment, and travels to lecture nationally and internationally. Her passion is to teach methods of reducing the pain of examinations by using skillful sedation, meeting postoperative needs for pain control and other comfort measures in hospitalized dogs and cats. She also treats chronic pain in small animals using a blend of techniques, incorporating medicines, lifestyle modification, and physical techniques such as acupuncture, Bowen, and Tui-Na (Chinese medical massage). She completed training in small animal acupuncture in 2010 and in Tui Na in 2011 at the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL.

In free moments, Dr. Karas and her husband enjoy hiking, all-positive competition obedience and agility training and just lazing around with their three charismatic black Labradors, Mojo, Hoodoo and Genie.

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