Clinical Sciences

The Department of Clinical Sciences is dedicated to promoting animal health and advancing the science of diagnosing, treating, and preventing animal diseases. Service, research, teaching DVM candidates, and training interns and residents are cornerstones of the department. The seven teaching hospitals and clinics that comprise Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts provide students with a large, diverse caseload and exceptional training grounds.

Concentrations & Special Programs

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First-Year Courses

  • Case Based Learning I & II
  • Clinical Skills I
  • Introduction to Veterinary Nutrition
  • Human-Animal Relationships

Second-Year Courses

  • Accelerated Clinical Excellence (ACE)
  • Basic Pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Clinical Skills II
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Introduction to Zoological Medicine
  • Principles of Surgery
  • Second Year Clinical Rotations Elective
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinary Neurobiology

Third-Year Courses

  • Anesthesia and Analgesia
  • Clinical Animal Behavior
  • Clinical Dermatology
  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Diagnostic Ultrasonography
  • Equine & Camelid Medicine & Surgery
  • Introduction to Small Animal Anesthesia & Surgery Techniques (Spay Lab)
  • Large Animal Medicine and Surgery I
  • Large Animal Medicine and Surgery II
  • Ophthalmology
  • Small Animal Clinical Procedures
  • Small Animal Dentistry
  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery I
  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery II
  • Veterinary Economics & Practice Management

Fourth-Year Rotations

  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Elective in Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery
  • Elective in Zoological Companion Animal Medicine
  • Emergency and Critical Care
  • Large Animal Medicine
  • Large Animal Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Cardiology
  • Small Animal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Small Animal Oncology
  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Tufts at Tech

Residencies, Internships & Fellowships

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine takes tremendous pride in its residency and internship programs, which are designed to help veterinarians grow as expert clinicians, teachers, and researchers.

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Clinical Studies

Much of the clinical research conducted by faculty members in the Department of Clinical Sciences is accomplished through clinical studies. Clinical studies are research efforts in which veterinarians explore the value of promising new tests or treatments in a series of patients. In many cases, the tests or treatments can be provided at a reduced cost or no cost. Clients who enter their pets in studies often obtain access to a potentially beneficial test or treatment that might not otherwise be available, and the results of studies always benefit future animals suffering from the same condition. Some studies are randomized, meaning that some of the animals in the trial receive the new treatment, and others do not, and that this decision is made randomly. Participation in clinical studies is always completely voluntary, and owners are fully informed in writing about the purposes of the trial and any potential side effects that could result from the test or treatment being investigated.

Detailed information regarding the department's current clinical studies can be found on the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center Clinical Studies page.



Contact Us

For academic inquiries regarding programs or personnel within the Department of Clinical Sciences, please use the contact information listed below:

Department of Clinical Sciences
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536

Phone: 508-887-4810 (for department-specific inquiries only)
Alt. Phone: 508-887-4615 (for department-specific inquiries only)
Fax: 508-839-7922

To schedule an appointment with the Foster Hospital for Small Animals or for other hospital-related inquires, please call 508-839-5395

Referring veterinarians, clients of the Hospital for Large Animals or the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals, and animal owners seeking information about the hospitals should refer to the contact information provided on the hospital pages.