Cummings School On PBS Press Release

Cummings School to be Featured on PBS Children's Show

Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman visited Grafton campus to investigate animal intelligence
North Grafton, MA, September 23, 2009

Be sure to tune to your local PBS station on Thursday, October 1 for Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman as the cast of the PBS children's show will turn to Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to find the answer. With faculty well-versed in veterinary medicine and a campus that features a working farm, the Cummings School became the perfect backdrop for the program's team of young scientists, who were posed the question by its cartoon dog host.

The answer, of course, is a closely guarded secret. But the FETCHers spoke with Professor of Behavior Nicholas H. Dodman and Lara A. Weaver, interim director of the Division of Teaching and Research Resources, for help in determining canine intelligence, then turned to swine herdsman Garth Miller to meet some of the school's pigs.

Local dog owners–including users of the school's Farm Field–brought dogs ranging from Afghan Hounds to a Wire Fox Terrier to determine which breed of dogs was the smartest. The winning pooch was then matched up against one of the Cummings School's swine in a battle of wits.

The episode will be re-aired on Thursday, November 5, 2009. Please check your local listings for show times.

About the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Founded in 1978 in North Grafton, MA, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is known for academic programs that impact society and the practice of veterinary medicine; five hospitals that treat over 30,000 cases each year; and groundbreaking research that benefits animal, public and environmental health.