International student projects are a key activity of the International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Signature Opportunity and are designed to create opportunities for students to conduct research in a developing country setting. Veterinary students at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University who go overseas usually conduct research as part of a long-term IVM Program research initiative; they are supervised by both a Cummings School and a field mentor, and are often paired with a host-country student.
As a partner in the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine, the IVM Program has taken on a second area of focus: conservation medicine and ecosystem health. The IVM faculty has joined with other faculty from Tufts University and partner institutions to explore conservation medicine challenges and develop locally based approaches to ecosystem health assessment/monitoring in the developing world.
Since its inception in 1982, the faculty members of the Cummings School IVM Program have mentored more than 250 students carrying out research projects all over the world: North and Central America (nine countries, one territory), South America (nine countries), Africa (26 countries), Asia (eleven countries), Europe (three countries) and Australia.