Pam Tuomi, D.V.M.

Senior Veterinarian


Continued support of ASLC Research, captive animal care and Stranding Programs.  

Preparation of publications to share the information that we have gathered.  

Necropsy support of Emergency Prescott funded pinniped stranding response effort.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University -1970

Dr. Tuomi developed her interest in wildlife and exotic animal medicine as a veterinary student and continued as a small animal practitioner and clinic owner in Anchorage, Alaska. During the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Dr. Tuomi worked at Otter Rehabilitation Centers in Alaska as staff veterinarian responsible for medical care and monitoring of oil contaminated sea otters from capture through release. Since that time, she has worked as a veterinary consultant providing veterinary medical and surgical services for marine mammal and seabird field projects for various state and federal wildlife agencies and served on the Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events from 2003 through 2011. In 1997, she began her employment as Senior Veterinarian at the Alaska SeaLife Center supporting animal health for our captive, stranded and research animals, serving as the staff veterinarian on the ASLC IACUC committee and assisting in development and publication of information related to marine animal physiology, medicine and health. 
Field project participation has included capture, surgery, health assessment and necropsy projects for sea otter, harbor and Weddell seal, Steller sea lion and a variety of alcids and sea ducks in Alaska, Canada, Russia and Antarctica. She has worked closely with a numerous ASLC research staff as well as veterinary colleagues nationally and internationally to study and publish information on anesthesia and surgical techniques, transmitter attachment techniques, parasites, viral infections, hormone levels, toxicities, neoplasia and pharmacodynamics of antibiotics.

Flower, JE, Gamble KC, Stone M, Lyons JA, Maganti RJ, Tuomi PA,  Olds JE,, Sims MA, Gauger P, Tuttle AD, 2014  Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Six Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina  spp).  Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 45(3): 620–631

Tuomi, P. M J. Murray, M. Garner, C. E.C. Goertz, R. W. Nordhausen, K.A. Burek-Huntington, D. M. Getzy, O.Nielsen, L. L. Archer, H.T.D. Maness, J. F.X. Wellehan Jr., and T.B. Waltzek, 2013. Novel Poxvirus Infection in Northern and Southern Sea Otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoni and Enhydra lutris neiris), Journal of Wildlife Disease, 50(3) 607-615

Goertz CEC, Walton R, Rouse N, Belovarac J, Tuomi P, Burek-Huntington KA and R. Hobbs, 2013. Vibrio parahaemolyticus, an Indicator of Climate Change in Alaskan Marine Mammals. In proceedings of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, Sausalito, CA. April 21-26, 2013.
Tuomi P, Goertz CEC, Belovarac J, Gray M, Prewitt J, Polasek L and Mellish JE, 2013 Clinical Observations During Chemical Restraint of Captive Steller Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus). In proceedings of the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine, Sausalito, CA. April 21-26, 2013.
Counihan-Edgar K, Gill VA, Doroff AM, Burek Huntington KA, Miller WA, Shewmaker PL, Jang S, Goertz C, Tuomi P, Miller M, Jessup DA and Byrne BA (2012) Genotypic Characterization of Streptococcus infantarius subspecies coli Isolates from Sea Otters with Infective Endocarditis and/or Septicemia and from Environmental Mussel Samples. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 50(12): 4131- 4133
Tuomi, P., C.E.C. Goertz,J. Belovarac, R. Walton and M. G. Papich, 2012. Pharmacokinetics Studies of Orally Administered Cefpodoxime Proxetil in Alcids, In: Proceedings of International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine 43rd Atlanta, GA, p 168
Tuomi, P. , C. E. C. Goertz, M. Gray, L. Leppert, J. Belovarac, R. Walton, J. Mellish, 2012. Intestinal and Respiratory Parasites in Juvenile Steller Sea Lions (Eumatopias jubatus) from Prince William Sound, Alaska. In: Proceedings of Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage AK, p. 250
Norberg, S. E., V. N. Burkanov, P. Tuomi, and R. D. Andrews, 2011. Hematology of Free-Ranging, Lactating Northern Fur Seals, Callorhinus ursinus, Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 47(1), 2011, pp. 217–221
St. Leger, J. A., A. L. Righton, E. M. Nilson, A. J. Fascetti, M.A. Miller, P. A.Tuomi, C. E. C. Goertz, and B. Puschner, 2011. Vitamin A Deficiency and Hepatic Retinol Levels in Sea Otters, Enhydra lutris, Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 42(1): 98–104 
J Mellish, P Tuomi, A Hindle, S Jang, M Horning, 2010. Skin microbial flora and effectiveness of aseptic technique for deep tissue biopsies in Weddell seals (Leptonyshotes weddellii) in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46(2)
Mellish J.E, PA Tuomi, A.G. Hindle, M Horning, 2009, “Chemical immobilization of Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) by ketamine midazolam combination”, Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 37: 123-131
Horning M, M. Haulena, PA.Tuomi, JE Mellish, 2008, “Intraperitoneal implantation of life-long telemetry transmitters in otariids” BMC Veterinary Research 2008, 4:51
Nilsson, P. Hollmén, T., Atkinson, S., Mashburn, K., Tuomi, P., Esler, D., Mulcahy, D., and D. Rizzolo. 2008. “Effects of ACTH, capture, and short term confinement on glucocorticoid concentrations in harlequin ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus)”. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A 149 pg 275-283
Tuomi, P. T. Hollmen, 2005. “Manifestations of Avian Pox on Pacific Common Murres (Uria aalge) and Pigeon Guillemots ( Cepphus columba)”. In Proceedings of International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine, Seward, AK, Rhonda Patterson ed., Vol. 36, Pg 37-40.
Mulcahy, D.M., P. A. Tuomi, G.W. Garner, C.Y. Jay, 2003. “Immobilization of free-renging male Pacific Walruses (Odobenus rosmarus) with carfentinil citrate and naltrexone hydrochloride” Marine Mammal Science, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp846-850
Desh, C.E, M.D. Dailey, P. Tuomi, 2003 “Description of a Hair Follicle Mite (ACARI:DemodecidaeParasitic in the Earless Seal Family Phocidae (Mammalia: Carnivora) From the Harbor Seal Phoca Vitulina Linnaeus, 1758” International Journal of Acarology Vol. 29, No.3 pg. 231-235 
Tuomi, P., 2001, "Sea Otters" in: Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine, Dierauf, L.A. and F.M.D. Gulland, eds., CRC Press, Baca Raton, FL pg. 961-988.
Currently serving as Treasurer of the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine. Continuing to provide training for sea otter oil spill rehabilitation for the Alyeska Pipeline Company and International Wildlife Research.