Conservation Medicine is an emerging interdisciplinary field that incorporates the tools and perspectives of many different scientific and medical professions in order to solve complex global health problems such as controlling disease in wildlife populations to help protect human and animal health, and preserve species biodiversity. Tufts CCM supports educational programs that forward these aims.
The Tufts CCM provides opportunities for students to participate in global initiatives concerning animal, human and ecosystem health in conjunction with our two signature opportunities and MS degree. The Center has established programs in regional and international conservation medicine research, and has developed novel curricula in conservation medicine to meet the needs of both veterinary and post-graduate students.
The MS in Conservation Medicine is multi-disciplinary program designed to examine the relationships between environmental, animal and human health. The program engages graduate students from a variety of fields to confront the disciplinary gaps that obscure the broad view of “One Health;” it therefore seeks a diversity of backgrounds, including veterinarians, natural and social scientists, engineers, public health and medical professionals, lawyers, policy and wildlife professionals, and others interested in applying their expertise to conservation medicine issues.
The WCM Signature Opportunity is designed to teach the clinical skills required for the medical care and management of wildlife, and to develop an understanding for the habits of wild animals and the environmental conditions in which they live. As the clinical arm of Tufts CCM, the Tufts Wildlife Clinic is the federally designated wildlife care and rehabilitation center for the New England region. The Clinic offers rich opportunities for students to learn about wildlife and habitat preservation, and serves as the basis for a number of research and monitoring programs, including zoonoses and bioindicators of environmental change.
The IVM Signature Opportunity supports investigations of global veterinary medical practices and issues of environmental, animal, and public health; it has gained world recognition for its work toward community-based solutions to problems that threaten sustainable agriculture and environmental integrity. Students learn to apply their veterinary knowledge and to understand the ecology, sociology, and economics of developing or developed countries beyond the United States through active participation in field research. Dedicated students have the opportunity to pursue a Post Graduate Certificate Program in International Veterinary Medicine.