IVM at Cummings School
At Cummings School, International Veterinary Medicine is central to our mission and our culture. Our expansive International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) program, a Cummings School "Signature Opportunity,” inspires students to consider their profession in a global context, opens doors to international networks, and offers the opportunity for select students to earn a Post Graduate Certificate in IVM while simultaneously completing the DVM degree.
The Signature Opportunity
The IVM core course, which all veterinary students take in their first year, introduces global issues in the veterinary profession. Including IVM as a core course within the curriculum demonstrates Cummings School's long-standing commitment to ensuring that graduates are global citizens, regardless of where they practice their profession.
Cummings School's faculty members offer an intensive, week-long selective which gives students exposure to and experience with a range of issues and tools that are valuable when working internationally in new and challenging environments.
At the end of the third year and during the fourth year, advanced and clinically-oriented electives are available both on and off campus for students with an interest in IVM.
This speaker series features international visitors, alumni, and faculty members who introduce students to a world of opportunities in IVM. Special sessions held every year in collaboration with the Research Path program help students prepare to design and implement their own research projects and then allow students who have completed a summer research project to share their experiences with the community.
With support from faculty mentors, students develop their own international research projects and apply for competitive grant funding. To date, hundreds of Cummings School students have successfully completed research projects all over the world.
This structured program is available to veterinary students who are interested in a career in IVM. Students have the opportunity to earn a Post Graduate Certificate while simultaneously completing their DVM, at no extra cost. Students who earn a Post Graduate Certificate in IVM enter the professional world with specific marketable skills and competencies, ready to succeed on an international level.
Every year, students travel across the world to complete IVM projects. Explore the map below to discover the wide range of projects completed by students across our DVM and Master’s degree programs.
Research: Decision Making for Effective Response to Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreaks in Ethiopia
Research: Experimental infection of Mycobacterium ovium subsp. paratuberculosis (Map) to Evaluate Genetic Predisposition of Johne’s Disease Among Different Breeds of Sheep in Australia
"The hands-on, immediate impact of helping injured or sick animals is very satisfying. But to conserve populations, we need to identify and solve problems on a larger scale. Animal, human, and environmental health are bound together. The interdisciplinary collaboration between physicians, researchers, veterinarians, conservationists, public health officials, and educators is essential to ensuring sustainable global health."
"Directing the MS in Conservation Medicine program is really fulfilling to me because I started my conservation medicine career at Tufts before we really even called it conservation medicine and before Tufts established the Center for Conservation Medicine. Part of the reason I chose to come to Tufts as a student was to be trained in this arena, and I think it’s critically important that we broaden conservation medicine training and thinking beyond veterinarians and any other boundaries. I especially love being able to interact in our small group setting with the very intelligent, passionate, and diverse group of students that we attract to the program every year."
As Director of the Tufts Wildlife Clinic, Flo Tseng oversees Clinic operations and instructs students during their rotations at the Clinic. Before joining the Clinic in 2000, she was Director of Veterinary Services at a large rehabilitation center near Seattle, and served as Research Director and Staff Veterinarian for International Bird Rescue Research Center in Berkeley, California. Flo’s expertise lies in seabird rehabilitation and the effects of petroleum on these species
Dr. García-López is the head of the Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery Service within the Hospital for Large Animals, where he specializes in lameness, advanced imaging (Nuclear Medicine, CT and MRI), regenerative therapies (Stem Cell, PRP, IRAP), as well as orthopedic and respiratory surgery for his equine patients. In addition to his clinical interests, his area of research expertise include the development and testing of new instrumentation and techniques which aid in the management and treatment of fractures and joint injury. Dr. García-López presents regularly at national and international equine conferences.
Dr. Janetrix Hellen Amuguni is a veterinarian with doctoral training in Infectious Diseases. She has many years of experience working as a veterinarian and gender specialist among pastoralist communities in the Horn of Africa, developing gender program and conducting gender assessment studies among livestock projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan and Somalia.