Cummings in the Community

Here are several ways Cummings School works with and in our communities.

Paws for People

Tufts Paws for People is an official affiliate of the Delta Society that brings animal visitors to individuals throughout the region. Volunteers visit local nursing homes, schools, libraries, veterans’ facilities and other sites to provide people with animal companionship. Tufts Paws for People is a Community Partner of the national Pet Partners program. More information is available on the Tufts Paws for People website.

Open House (September each year)

Each year, Cummings School opens up its campus to the general public to give visitors of all ages an inside look at the workings of New England’s only veterinary school. More information is available on the Open House website.

Pet Loss Support Hotline

The Pet Loss Support Hotline helps pet owners who have lost an animal companion. First and second-year veterinary students, trained by a licensed psychologist, are available Monday through Friday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at (508) 839-7966. Visit the Pet Loss Support Hotline for more information.

Scouting Day

Since 2010, Scouting Day at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University has encouraged Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to work on requirements for animal-related badges. In addition to having access to many veterinary medicine personnel who answer questions, scouts learn how to prepare for health profession careers. The event coincides with Cummings School’s annual Open House. For more information, please see the Scouting Day website.

Tufts Farm Field

The Tufts Farm Field is a 40-acre parcel of Cummings School’s campus that grows feed for the school’s livestock and other large animals. When it is not being farmed, the school allows visitors to use the field for walking, jogging, walking dogs and other activities. Located within the Farm Field is a roughly 5-acre off-leash dog park. Registration is required to use the Tufts Farm Field. More information is available on the Tufts Farm Field website.

Other ways Cummings School works with the community