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Cummings School enjoys a rich history of innovation and a strong commitment towards advancing understanding of health and disease. As a research community, we seek new and innovative ways of preventing human and animal diseases before they develop, and cures and therapies for others. Our faculty pushes the boundaries of discovery every day as they pursue new medicines, innovative surgical techniques and unique treatment methods. The research being conducted at Cummings School -- both in laboratories and in clinical studies-- is advancing health care for animals and humans.

A small-scale chicken farmer tending to her chickens, after participating in a survey exercise in Machakos County, Kenya. Here she is explaining to the interviewer some of the problems facing poultry keepers.

Empowering Women for Better Lives for People and Animals

Cummings School researchers study how increasing women’s access to livestock vaccines can improve animal and human health and well-being

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Black dog being swabbed for COVID-19 test

Local study to look for coronavirus in pets

Professor Jonathan Runstadler talked to WCVB Boston about Cummings School’s new study looking for the novel coronavirus in pets.

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woman with medical mask on bent down in front of her dog holding his face

Can Pets Get or Spread COVID-19?

Cummings School scientists launch a study to better understand the novel coronavirus and how it may infect pets and other domestic animals

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Wiku Adisasmito sIndonesia’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Task Force

Meet the Man Leading Indonesia’s COVID-19 Response

Indonesia represents one of the most challenging fronts in the war against COVID-19. Meet the adjunct professor leading the fight against the novel coronavirus in the world’s fourth most-populous country.

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2 hospital ventilators being donated by Foster Hospital to Tufts Medical Center during COVID-19 crisis

Hank Investigates: Animal hospitals loaning ventilators to help people with COVID-19

One of the biggest crises during this coronavirus pandemic is the tragic shortage of medical supplies and ventilators. 7News—WHDH Boston reports on how Cummings Veterinary Medical Center and other animal hospitals are answering the calls for help.

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ventilator being moved onto moving truck

Massachusetts veterinary school loans out ventilators to support Boston hospital

Dr. Alastair Cribb, a veterinarian and dean of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, told NBC News that its facilities loaned out four ventilators and donated personal protective equipment to support hospital staff at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

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Animal Hospitals, Vets And Zoos Donate Use Of Ventilators To Treat Coronavirus Patients

The Huff Post reports on Tufts VETS and the Foster Hospital for Small Animals’ donations of ventilators to Tufts Medical Center as they prepare for more COVID-19 cases.

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foal on ventilator

Central Mass. schools donate medical supplies to hospitals

Dean Alastair Cribb shares with the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that Cummings School sent all four of its mechanical ventilators to Tufts Medical Center and oxygen tanks to regional hospitals. He said Tufts’ veterinary school is prepared to donate more supplies and equipment, such as specialized kidney dialysis equipment.

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Why We Need Veterinarians in the Policy World

Two Cummings School alums are spending the year in government fellowships focused on One Health. In the age of COVID-19, here’s why that’s so important

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