Dean's Message

Dear alumni,

Seeing you at Reunion and Comeback 2012 was as enjoyable as ever, and I was honored to receive your very generous gift to the school of $70,000. Gifts allow the school to advance care, support students, and build research programs. We are doing all three with your help. Thank you!

With the addition of the Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic located at Worcester Technical High School, the veterinary school now boasts seven clinical venues for patient care, student learning, and clinical research. We.ve added new faculty in dermatology, companion animal zoological medicine, emergency medicine, and pathology; and we.re planning renovations to the Foster Hospital for Small Animals.

Signature opportunities at the school in the areas of international, wildlife, and conservation medicine will soon be paired with the substantial research strengths of our Division of Infectious Diseases to form a new department. The new unit will include existing faculty as well as recruits with skills that integrate across our signature areas and public health. Launch of the new department will occur early in 2013.

Innovation has long been a hallmark of the veterinary school at Tufts and you will read in this e-newsletter about the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals led by Dr. Deborah Linder, V09. This is one of several new initiatives that focus on One Health problems of importance to animals and humans. A related cross-campus group called Integrated Health: Pets and People (IHPP) includes faculty from Clinical Sciences, the Center for Animals and Public Policy, Tufts Medical Center, the Tufts Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, and the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. All are interested in advancing our understanding of human-animal interactions and providing evidence-based insights into animal and human well-being.

Finally, welcome to our new senior director of development and alumni relations, Ana Alvarado, and congratulations to Chesa Conrad, our now permanent assistant director of alumni relations.

Thank you for all you do for the school and please consider a visit to campus soon.

All the best,

Deborah T. Kochevar, D.V.M., Ph.D., D.A.C.V.C.P.
Dean and Henry and Lois Foster Professor
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University