Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program

Veterinarians are uniquely qualified to address several important current and future issues that face our nation and the world. Their expertise is the consequence of an educational background that is strongly based on the principles of comparative biology and medicine as applied to a variety of animal and human health-related problems.

Thus, in addition to areas of ongoing activity, veterinarians are now being asked to apply their expertise to new and emerging fields, including environmental science, toxicology, wildlife and conservation medicine, genetic engineering, comparative medicine, biotechnology, cell biology, human and animal nutrition, ethology, and international veterinary medicine.

The veterinary curriculum at Tufts exists with these concepts in mind. The primary goal of the curriculum, therefore, is to offer students a strong background in the principles of veterinary medicine and to expose them to the spectrum of present and future career opportunities in the profession. The mainstream aspects of the profession—food (cattle, sheep, swine); fiber (sheep); companion (dog, cat); and sporting (horse) animal medicine and surgery, preventive medicine, and public health—are areas that are highlighted along with instruction in the emerging areas noted above.