About the Center for Conservation Medicine

Our mission is to advance the health of animals, people and the environment through professional training, research and service to communities around the globe, utilizing a Conservation Medicine approach.

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History

The Center for Conservation Medicine (CCM), established at Tufts in 1997, pioneered the concept of Conservation Medicine as a new approach focusing on the health relationships occurring at the interface of humans, animals, and ecosystems. The Center is an environmental health collaborative based at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine designed to support the school’s Wildlife and Conservation Medicine and the International Veterinary Medicine Signature Programs, as well as the MS in Conservation Medicine.

Purpose

Our work is designed with the ultimate goals of affecting change toward a secure quality of life for all species and developing solutions for humans to harmoniously and sustainably coexist with other species. Human development, population growth, and modern technologies inevitably lead to altered landscapes; increased demands on limited resources; and decreased land, air, and water quality. The cumulative impact of these issues takes form as emerging disease, species extinction, and health implications for wildlife, domestic animals, humans and their environments. We implement research projects, mentor students, and establish innovative educational programs locally and worldwide to help combat these global issues.

Tufts CCM is a founding member of the Consortium for Conservation Medicine along with EcoHealth Alliance, the National Wildlife Health Center, the Bloomberg-Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and others. Through the collaborative and interdisciplinary strength of this partnership, a number of new and exciting programs have and will continue to evolve.