Cummings 2020 Strategic Plan

Cummings 2020 Strategic Plan

Cummings 2020 Strategic Plan


Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University educates veterinary and graduate students who advance health and wellness for all species with compassion, curiosity and commitment to evidence-based medicine. Our healing, learning, research, and active citizenship enable animals and humans worldwide to live healthier lives.


Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine improves and promotes the health and well-being of animals, people, and ecosystems we share.


Cummings 2020 encompasses experiences and viewpoints of Cummings School’s community. Our plan aligns with Tufts T10 Strategic Plan, and will energize Cummings School’s students, faculty, and staff to fulfill its mission.

Executive Summary

Prioritizing People

Prioritizing People


We commit to a culture of learning and growing, discovery and leadership, and to the creation of an inclusive, diverse community whose members derive satisfaction from contributing to our common mission.

  • Develop students, faculty, and staff as advocates for our shared mission, vision, and culture of caring.
  • Recruit, develop, retain, and reward faculty and staff who demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, and clinical service and are committed to continuous learning.
  • Create clear expectations for, and recognition of, open and effective communication, professionalism, and active listening.
  • Develop specific strategies to recruit, develop, and support students, faculty, and staff from different ethnic, economic, and geographic life experiences who value diversity and inclusion.
  • Prioritize well-being and promote practices that lead to personal and community satisfaction and success.
  • Engage in environmental sustainability efforts that conserve resources and/or improve the quality of work life.
Healing Animals
Helping Humans
Engaging Scholars
Transforming Global Health

Cummings School Story

In 1978, Tufts University established a visionary veterinary school with a One Medicine mission. Today, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is an internationally recognized institution that continues to advance One Health initiatives and improve the health and well-being of animals, humans, and the environment.

The only veterinary school in New England, our curricula, high-quality clinical services, research, and dedicated faculty and staff are the cornerstones of our academic excellence. We offer doctoral degrees in veterinary medicine (DVM) and biomedical sciences (PhD), two combined DVM/master’s degree programs (Public Health, Laboratory Animal Medicine), and three stand-alone graduate programs (Animals and Public Policy; Conservation Medicine; Infectious Disease and Global Health).

Signature opportunities within our DVM program include International Veterinary Medicine, Wildlife and Conservation Medicine, and Animal Welfare, Ethics and Policy.

Research is at the heart of academic life at Tufts University. Cummings School is recognized for research contributions in infectious disease and global health, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, and specialty clinical and translational medicine and surgery. We offer our veterinary students valuable research experience through summer research training programs funded for over 25 years by the National Institutes of Health, foundations, and industry partners.


Cummings Veterinary Medical Center treats more than 80,000 patients a year, including small companion animals, exotic pets, horses, food animals, and wildlife. The seven academic teaching hospitals and clinics that comprise Cummings Veterinary Medical Center—Foster Hospital for Small Animals, Hospital for Large Animals, Tufts Ambulatory Service, Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties, Tufts Wildlife Clinic, Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic, Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic—offer students high-quality, hands-on clinical learning and provide our patients with advanced and specialty veterinary care.

Cummings School‘s community is committed to preparing students for success in all areas of their profession. We foster open-minded, knowledgeable active citizens who are capable of affecting positive change. To date, more than 2,000 graduates have successfully entered careers in a variety of fields, ranging from general and specialty clinical practice and biomedical research to pioneering positions in international medicine, conservation medicine, human-animal interaction, and public health.

We value our strong partnership with Cummings Foundation and its long-term commitment to supporting our school’s mission of healing animals, helping humans and transforming global health. We look forward to expanding the impact of our programs to improve the health of humans and animals locally, nationally, and around the world.