One of the hallmarks of a Tufts University education is active citizenship. Many of our faculty, students, and staff apply their expertise to service learning and civic engagement. Our students, for example, contribute to middle-school science education through Gap Junction, an award-winning educational program. Tufts at Tech Community Clinic, the Wildlife Clinic, Tufts Paws for People, the Shelter Medicine Program, and STEM programs for local students are meaningful examples of Cummings School giving back to the community. These experiences allow students to develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to make a positive impact in the world.
Our students’ hands-on opportunities in research labs and hospitals are extensive and begin during first year. The large clinical caseload ranks among the top three veterinary teaching hospitals in the country, and provides rich resource for the education of our students. Cummings School is home to the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center which includes the country’s largest training program in veterinary emergency and critical care and is known for leadership in oncology, cardiology, nutrition, animal behavior, diagnostic imaging, and equine sports medicine.
Our faculty advance science, improve patient care, and inspire our students to approach their profession with open minds and a desire to make a difference. Through research, teaching, and fieldwork, our faculty are models of compassionate, ethical, and innovative veterinary care.
Since its first graduating class in 1983, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine has seen over 2,000 graduates establish successful and fulfilling careers in a variety of fields, ranging from clinical practice and biomedical research, to pioneering positions in international medicine, conservation medicine, and public health. We are proud of the strides our alumni have made in advancing One Health initiatives.
We are committed to advancing One Health initiatives that enhance the health and well-being of animals, humans and the environment. Cummings School is well-positioned to apply One Health philosophies, leveraging the collective expertise of Tufts University’s constellation of health science schools, including veterinary, medical, dental, and nutrition. The University’s leadership in both clinical and research settings reaches across disciplines, into the classroom, and out into the world.
The school’s International Veterinary Medicine program collaborates with other Tufts University programs and local organizations in areas such as Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to promote advancements in sustainable animal agriculture, wildlife conservation, and public health. Many of our students take advantage of international summer research opportunities through the International Veterinary Medicine certificate program along with other ongoing projects. These opportunities create a campus without boundaries, offer unique learning experiences, and ultimately lead our graduates to exciting and fulfilling careers.
Research is central to the work of Tufts University and is at the very heart of academic life. At Cummings School, we create new knowledge through research and apply new concepts to benefit our animal patients, human health, and the environment. We have been recognized for faculty contributions to the study of zoonotic infectious diseases, regenerative medicine, comparative oncology, hepatic disease, and reproductive biology. Cummings School researchers are widely respected for leading efforts in wildlife conservation, international medicine, and public health. Students actively participate in faculty research projects, listed in the Faculty Profile pages, through our Student Research Training Programs.
Small group learning is emphasized in many courses and collaborative study groups are encouraged. The faculty are accessible and committed to our students, and they prepare students for postgraduate plans through networking and career counseling. Our relatively small student body ensures close professional relationships and networking opportunities.
We care deeply about the relationship between animals and humans, about policies that impact animals, and about the positive impact animals can have on people. This ethos is the foundation of all our programs, especially through our Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP), the Shelter Medicine Program, and the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction. The DVM program has been a leader in reducing animal use in the teaching of anatomy, surgery, and clinical procedures.
Our progressive curriculum ensures our students receive a broad, comparative biomedical education. An array of curricular options, including electives, selectives, and dual degree programs, allows each student to find and nurture his or her evolving niche within the profession. Students engage in a myriad of opportunities, including basic, translational and clinical research, shelter medicine, comparative oncology, wildlife and conservation medicine, the study of human-animal interactions, regenerative medicine, and more. They are offered the flexibility and independence to pursue areas of special interest through our Signature Opportunities and Selectives Program, with the support and guidance of skilled faculty mentors.
Our students come from across the United States and beyond, and from a variety of undergraduate schools, majors, and life experiences. Their diverse backgrounds create a dynamic learning environment. The Fogarty International Fellowship, the Merial Veterinary Scholarship, and the Charlton Award are just a few of the prestigious awards that our students have received. They are actively engaged in student organizations, organizing symposiums, and other on and off campus activities. A compassion for animals, a love for science, and a desire to make a difference are the common bonds they share.
Collaboration with other schools within Tufts University, other nearby world-class universities, research partners, and the biomedical community in the greater Boston area creates a scientific environment unique in its diversity.