About the Department of Biomedical Sciences

The mission of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is:

  1. To deliver quality veterinary student teaching and graduate and postdoctoral training programs.
  2. To conduct state of the art biomedical research.
  3. To provide timely and quality diagnostic services to our hospital clients and biomedical research community.
  4. To foster scholarly activity.

The department currently consists of 16 permanent faculty positions with primary appointments, four faculty with secondary appointments, four research faculty, one postdoctoral scholar, four graduate students and three pathology residents.

The department faculty directed 18 undergraduate courses representing 1,016.50 contact hours and 51 credit hours. They also direct graduate courses in our PhD program. A number of faculty from Tufts University School of Medicine, alumni and area veterinarians/scientists also participate in the department's teaching program.

A number of faculty members are involved in biomedical research in the areas of neuroscience and reproductive biology and digestive diseases. These research activities are supported, in most part, by extramural grants and contracts from federal and state agencies and biotechnology companies.

Services to the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals and to the Hospital for Large Animals are provided by the department's Section of Pathology. Faculty and staff provide biopsy/necropsy and clinical pathology services. The Histology Lab provides biopsy, immunohistochemistry and high quality slide preparation. The Clinical Pathology Laboratory performs diagnostic tests such as hematology, clinical chemistry, coagulation tests and urinalysis for Cummings' patients and for research projects.