High School

Norfolk Agricultural High School

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine enjoys a well-established, successful and multi-faceted partnership with Norfolk Agricultural High School. We have long partnered in educational ventures and work with the school to provide veterinary services. As part of a Bio-Tech Career Pathways grant, the Cummings School provides educational seminars for twelfth-grade Norfolk Aggie internship recipients. These students participate in lectures and hands-on activities focused on animals and biomedical sciences. The Cummings School has also hosted livestock judging workshops for vocational agriculture students from across the state.

Advanced Placement Biology Day

Students from the Grafton High School Advanced Placement biology and physiology classes spend the day on the Cummings School campus to experience hands-on activities, including modules on skeletal adaptations of vertebrates and body systems. In an associated program, Cummings School faculty have also hosted Grafton science teachers on the campus for summer externships.

National Youth Leadership Forum

Each summer, the Cummings School hosts students participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, as part of this national organization that offers educational programs to gifted high school students. Students from around the country participate in a ten-day program that allows them to explore the various careers in the health professions. Students expressing an interest in veterinary medicine spend the afternoon visiting the veterinary school campus to gain insight into the various aspects of the professions.

Health Career Programs

The High School Health Careers Program (HSHCP) selects students from high schools around the Greater Worcester area based on strong academic performance. These students spend several weeks visiting various schools, hospitals, and programs that focus on health careers and participating in labs, lectures and other activities while at these locations. Each year, the group visits the Cummings School, where they attend a lecture on possible careers within veterinary medicine followed by a tour of the campus and an admission information session.

For the past several years, students from the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) in Boston also spend an afternoon at the Cummings School. The Health Careers Opportunity Program is a federally funded program through the Boston Public School system that selects middle and high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in careers in medicine or public health related fields and provides them with after school programs, a seven-week summer institute and health career seminars. The Cummings School portion of the program includes a presentation on careers in veterinary medicine, a tour of the campus, including the cattle and sheep barns, and an anatomy presentation.

Worcester Technical High School

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is collaborating with Worcester Technical High School to establish a primary care clinic for under-served animals and their owners that will be located at the high school. The clinic will assist disadvantaged segments of the Worcester population, including seniors on fixed income, individuals with disabilities, the unemployed, residents of subsidized housing and area rescue groups, with caring for their animals.

The educational purpose of the clinic is to provide hands-on, vocational education to veterinary assistant students from WTHS and primary care instruction and responsibility for Cummings School fourth-year veterinary students. We hope to add veterinary technician students from area community college programs in a second phase of clinic development.

Douglas High School Biotechnology Class

As part of a state-sponsored grant, the Cummings School provided programming for the Douglas High School Biotechnology Class. The students attended a workshop to learn more about transgenic goats and participated in a presentation about leading-edge biotechnology and business practices. The workshop included providing the students with various issues facing the biotechnology industry and tracing the process from research to marketing. The talk was followed by a tour of the school's goat barn, a research talk and an ultrasound demonstration.