About the School

Student Groups & Activities

Sudents have opportunities to join various groups and committees. Student representatives serve on the school's standing committees, including admissions, curriculum, promotions, ethics and grievance, animal welfare, and social responsibility, the student health service advisory, and appeals board. There are also student-run interest groups that encompass most aspects of veterinary medicine and student life.

  • Alpha Psi
    Alpha Psi is a national veterinary fraternity with an active chapter on the TCSVM campus. The organization brings students together with the faculty in a relaxed, social atmosphere. Members have the opportunity to take part in numerous campus activities and community service events. Members enjoy social events such as Chocolate Decadence Night, potluck dinners, and Vet Olympics. Members also take part in fundraisers and community service projects like our Thanksgiving canned food drive, holiday stuffed animal drive, and the Kiss-A-Cow charity fundraiser where the school gets to play matchmaker for a lucky faculty member and a lovely holstein. Alpha Psi members have the chance to improve their organization and communication skills while learning to take an active role in the community.
  • American Animal Hospital Association
    The Tufts Student Chapter of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) provides students with resources and opportunities to learn about current trends in companion animal medicine. This includes access to information on the latest developments in medical and surgical techniques and in practice management. AAHA also provides networking opportunities through newsletters, the AAHA website, conferences, talks, and continuing education seminars. Through their goal of "Healthy Practices, Healthier Pets", AAHA exposes students to and educates them about their high standards of excellence for companion animal care.
  • American Association of Equine Practitioners
    Student chapter.
  • American Association of Feline Practitioners
    The Tufts Student Chapter of the American Association of Feline Practitioners deals with all aspects of feline medicine. We are a new organization that started in the fall of 2005. We have lunch time talks on topics such as a cardiology case study, the ethics of keeping cats indoors, and behavior case studies. We also take part in the pain management wet lab by offering feline dental blocks.
  • American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association
    The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association provides a forum for the exploration of alternative and complementary areas of healthcare in veterinary medicine. At TCSVM, you can join the student chapter of AHVMA for which we invite practitioners of many varied modalites to come speak, invite our members to participate in hands-on-labs, and encourage our members to learn more about non-traditional modalities including acupuncture, cranio-sacral, hydrotherapy, massage, chiropractic therapy, preventative care, myotherapy, and more.
  • American Society of Lab Animal Practitioners
    The TCSVM student chapter of ASLAP is a student-run, faculty-supported organization whose purpose is to provide veterinary students with information about a career in laboratory animal medicine. We hold various hands-on wet labs, sponsor speakers from the laboratory animal medicine field and participate in activities in conjunction with the laboratory animal medicine masters program. ASLAP is also involved in educating the community about the use of animals in research.
  • Association of Shelter Veterinarians
    The mission of the Tufts Student Chapter of ASV is to advance the practice of shelter medicine and to further veterinary education and research as it relates to animals' health in shelters. We sponsor lectures with guest speakers and organize hands-on wet labs. Some of the topics discussed include the roles of animal control; humane organizations; veterinarians in shelter medicine; prevention, management, and control of infectious disease and trauma in the shelter setting; behavioral evaluation, management, training, and rehab; pet sterilization methods; and animal cruelty recognition and reporting. SCASV aims to support or adopt local shelters or other programs designed to help homeless animals. We are also committed to encouraging and assisting students to participate in externships and selectives with practicing shelter veterinarians, and to fostering camaraderie among veterinary students with an interest in animal shelter medicine!
  • Gap Junction
    Gap Junction is a community outreach education program that allows veterinary students to teach biology-based labs to youth in the Boston and Worcester areas. Every week Gap Junction volunteers help to bring the worlds of science and veterinary medicine into the minds of middle school students. The club hosts different schools from around the area every Tuesday afternoon. Each school comes for a series of four week workshops. In the first two weeks, the children learn about the body systems and about pathology of body systems. In the third week, the children enjoy a mini-PBL session, and they end the fourth week with a tour of the farms and clinics. If you like teaching or enjoy working with children, this is the best opportunity for you in veterinary school.
  • The International Veterinary Student Association
    The International Veterinary Student Association aims to raise the overall standard of veterinary education, particularly in disadvantaged countries, supports measures to improve the standard of animal welfare worldwide, and represents the international interest of veterinary students. The Tufts chapter of the IVSA helps members set up veterinary exchanges worldwide and awards scholarships for these exchanges. The Tufts chapter also supports veterinary education in disadvantaged countries by contributing annually to the IVSA Development Fund, encouraging animal welfare activities worldwide, and promoting the IVSA Hosting Program to local veterinarians interested in hosting international students.
  • Pet Loss Support Hotline
  • Started in 1996, the Tufts Pet Loss Support Hotline is a student run hotline. After a full day of training with a licensed therapist, counselors are scheduled to staff the hotline one to two times a month. We all meet once a month to discuss calls as well as other business. Working on the hotline is an excellent opportunity to learn how to help people cope with the loss of their pets.
  • Paws For People
  • Paws for People was launched in May 2005 as an animal assisted activity/therapy group made up of TCSVM and local community members. This group offers quarterly workshop and evaluations by a Delta Society certified instructor/evaluator for those interested in becoming Pet Partners and visiting groups with their companion animals. Paws will be offering lectures on topics related to animal assisted activity/therapies throughout the year. Paws for People is actively seeking people who wish to become involved with the organization of the program as well as people who wish to become volunteers.
  • Society for Theriogenology
  • Student Chapter.
  • Student Association for Veterinary Ethics (SAVE)
  • Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association
    The Tufts chapter and liaison to the AVMA, the largest veterinary organization in the world.
  • Student Livestock Organization
    SLO is a combination of the student chapters of national chapters for food/fiber animal related associations, including AABP, AASP and AASRP. SLO aims to provide students with educational opportunities beyond the curriculum through lunch time talks and field trips. In the past, speakers have talked about the challenges of being a large animal practioner, organic farming and available medicine, and humane production efforts. Wet labs include activities such as sheep hoof trimming at a local farm, piglet processing on campus, artificial insemination, and alpaca handling. SLO also manages Heifer Watch in the spring.
  • Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society
  • Tufts Veterinary Disaster Medicine Club
  • Veterinarians for Global Solutions
    Veterinarians for Global Solutions (VGS) is a student and professional organization committed to advancing the role of veterinarians in interdisciplinary work designed to improve ecosystems worldwide. Members of VGS are interested in conservation of biodiversity, the establishment of sustainable development, and environmental awareness. Working closely with the TUSVM International Veterinary Medicine and Conservation Medicine departments, the Tufts Student Chapter of VGS provides a network for students interested in conservation and international medicine.
  • The Veterinary Business Management Association
  • Veterinary Education Review Committee(VERC)
  • Veterinary Pathology Club
    The Pathology Club brings students lunch time talks on interesting recent case studies in pathology. Additionally, the Pathology Club holds wet labs every year to further explore gross pathology and histopathology.
  • Wildlife Aquatic, Zoo Animal, and Exotic Medicine Organization
    The name says it all: the Wildlife, Aquatic, Zoo and Exotics club. Come to WAZE for any of your non-domestic animal needs. In addition to the many lunch time talks WAZE hosts, membership gives students access to educational wet labs and field trips. There is also a much awaited spring symposium every year, where speakers from all over the country come to talk about hot topics in wildlife, aquatic, zoo or exotic medicine. WAZE offers many opportunities to students at Tufts interested in non-domestic animals and also invites students to share ideas about future opportunities in these areas.