About

Founded in 1978, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University (TCSVM) is the only veterinary school in the six-state New England region. The school's pioneering academic programs, high-quality clinical care services and original research have brought Tufts University national and worldwide acclaim.

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is located in a beautiful New England setting in North Grafton, Massachusetts, about an hour west of Boston. The school offers a four-year professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program, as well as five graduate programs.

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine has seen more than 2,000 graduates establish successful careers in a variety of fields, ranging from clinical practice and biomedical research, to pioneering positions in international medicine, conservation medicine and public health. We believe all of our graduates contribute to improving the health of animals and humans and the ecosystems in which they live.

Our 594-acre campus includes three teaching hospitals—the Hospital for Large Animals, the Foster Hospital for Small Animals and the Tufts Wildlife Clinic. We also own and operate Tufts Ambulatory Service, located in Woodstock Connecticut, and Tufts VETS, our innovative satellite clinic located in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Research is central to the work of Tufts University and is at the very heart of academic life. The Cummings School is recognized for faculty contributions to:

  • the study of zoonotic infectious diseases,
  • research in reproductive neurosciences, hepatic and gastrointestinal diseases, pulmonary diseases and nutrition,
  • participatory disease surveillance and community-based disease control to fight against avian influenza in Indonesia,
  • sustainable animal agriculture, wildlife conservation and public health.

Students are able to take advantage of faculty research interests, listed in the Faculty Profile pages, through our Student Research Training Programs.

The Cummings School was fully re-accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA/COE) in March of 2012, for a term of seven years, the longest period allowable by the AVMA/COE. For the last five years 99.4% of our graduating DVM's have passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). The current AVMA Council on Education standard requires 80% of graduating seniors to pass the exam by the time of graduation.