Faculty, staff, and students involved in the focus area of Animals in Community advance understanding of the human-animal relationship while working to enhance the health and well-being of people and companion animals in the community setting. Within this track is the Tufts Shelter Medicine Program and the Center for Shelter Dogs which provide opportunities for DVM students and students pursuing the MS in Animals and Public Policy to partner with the New England animal welfare community.
CAPP serves as a focus for community service and active citizenship on Cummings School's campus. Major service programs housed within the Center are Tufts Paws for People, which conducts animal visitation programs in schools, libraries, and hospitals, and the Tufts Pet Loss Hotline, for which specially-trained veterinary students take calls from owners who are dealing with the loss or anticipated loss of a beloved companion animal. The Center also supports Gap Junction and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educational outreach programs.
These programs and other collaborative service and outreach initiatives undertaken by members of the Cummings School community are supported by grants from the CAPP-based Elizabeth A. Lawrence Endowed Fund. The fund honors Dr. Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence, a pioneering veterinarian, anthropologist, and CAPP co-founder who wrote with insight and eloquence about the relationship between people and animals, with special attention to horses.
CAPP faculty and students collaborate in important research projects that impact the health and welfare of animals and the community.