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Center for Animals and Public Policy

Center for Animals and Public Policy

The mission of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy is to conduct and encourage the study of complex issues surrounding the changing role and impact of animals in society. The Center supports the development and dissemination of research driven policies, programs and practices that benefit both people and animals.

Work conducted by the Center is based on the tenets that animal well-being matters, that animal and human well-being are linked, and that both are enhanced through improved understanding of human-animal relationships.

Initiating Thought—Inspiring Action

The Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP) at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine promotes research, education, service, and constructive dialogue in its efforts to enhance human-animal relationships and advance the well-being of animals and people. More than ever, veterinarians and scientists need to respond thoughtfully to the complex issues that arise in our relationships with animals and recognize the ethics, culture, values, and policy impacting those relationships.

The center’s research, teaching, and service activities are organized around four inter-related areas of focus:

Educating and Informing

The Center offers the Master of Science in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program and enriches the DVM program by hosting the Animal Welfare, Ethics and Policy signature opportunity and Shelter Medicine curriculums. Educating veterinary students about the underlying concept of “One Health” creates opportunities for graduates to make a difference for animals and society whether they work in private practice, the business world, or public service.

Additionally, the center hosts guest lecturers who present on an array of topics relating to animal ethics and policy as part of the Animal Matters Seminar Series.

The Reporting Animal Cruelty: The Role of the Veterinarian manual for Massachusetts is provided here for establishing protocols for identifying and reporting suspected animal cruelty in Massachusetts. The manual is possible due to the collaborative efforts of Animal Folks, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, with funding by these organizations and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Warning – the manual includes some graphic images of abused animals and is not intended to be shared with the general public.

Impacting Care

Service to the community is integral to many of the center’s initiatives in the form of support, education, and care. Service and outreach programs are tied together through the Animals in the Community program at CAPP.

The Center for Shelter Dogs (CSD) is an initiative of the Shelter Medicine Program, also housed within the Center, dedicated to improving the welfare of homeless dogs cared for by humane organizations, animal control facilities, and rescue groups throughout the nation.

Tufts Paws for People is a non-profit organization in New England associated with Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and supported by the Center for Animals and Public Policy.

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More Animal Matters Series Coming Soon!

Listen to faculty and alumni describe the unique experiences and opportunities in the MS in Animals and Public Policy program. Learn about how students have used their degree to change the world we live in.