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Alastair Cribb, Fifth dean of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Cummings School Dr. Alastair Cribb

Dr. Alastair Cribb, a visionary leader in veterinary medicine and founding dean of the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM), is the fifth dean of Cummings School effective July 15, 2019.

With a rich background as an innovative educator, researcher, and medical professional with expertise in animal and human health, Dr. Cribb is uniquely qualified to advance Cummings School’s leadership in the realm of One Health.

Dr. Cribb joined Tufts after a distinguished career as a faculty member, clinician, scientist and administrator.  He brings Tufts thirty years of exceptional scholarship and leadership in academia, industry and clinical practice.

Dr. Cribb completed his DVM degree at Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Following an internship and two years in rural community practice, he obtained his PhD at the Hospital for Sick Children, affiliated with the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.

Q&A with Dr. Cribb

Cummings Veterinary Medicine spoke with Dr. Cribb to learn more about him and what the Cummings School community can expect once he takes the reins July 15th, 2019.

History of Deans at Cummings School

Alastair E. Cribb, DVM, PhD


Alastair Cribb with dog Keeper

"The mission and vision of Cummings School are a perfect match with my view of the world and my core values as a veterinarian. I am impressed with the pride the Cummings community has for its school and the creativity displayed to make the school a success. I am particularly excited to join Cummings School because of the outstanding opportunities for veterinary education, research and clinical service that support the regional and global communities."

Joyce S. Knoll, VMD, PhD

Joyce Knoll, Dean, ad interimDean ad interim

"I am very proud of Cummings School and how it has evolved over the last 40 years. We are a tight-knit community of individuals focused on lifelong learning, and our students are an essential part of the mix. We are inherently proud of our students' successes --we listen to their ideas and value their input. Our students energize us and share their world with us. They have shaped our school as much as we have shaped their lives."

Deborah T. Kochevar, DVM, PhD

Provost Kochevar photoDean

“Research is at the very heart of our academic life. Our faculty, staff, and students embrace high-impact scholarly activity through species-spanning basic, clinical, and translational research. The strength of the school’s NIH-funded program in infectious disease, its long history excellence in international veterinary medicine and research, and its distinctive programs in wildlife and conservation medicine, led to creation of the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health." AAVMC Pathways to Progress 1966-2016 Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

M. Sawkat Anwer, DVM, PhD

M. Sawkat AnwerDean ad interim

"The value of our innovative, comprehensive Cummings School curriculum, which includes focused programs in areas such as international veterinary medicine, conservation medicine, and wildlife medicine not found at most other veterinary colleges." The Cummings Contribution, Tufts Veterinary Magazine, Spring 2006.

Philip C. Kosch, DVM, PhD

Philip C. Kosch, DVM, PhDDean

“This is a very unified place with a common purpose, and what is that purpose? That purpose is to support each other and give each other the opportunity to model the best in ourselves through one’s compassion toward animals and one’s contribution to animal health, welfare, and conservation, and to public health.” Dean Philip Kosch, Building the Future of Veterinary Medicine. Tufts Veterinary Magazine, Summer 2005.

Franklin M. Loew, DVM, PhD

Franklin M. LoewDean

"While I was dean, I was fond of calling us the 'dandiest little veterinary school' in the country. Today, it has matured into one of the finest veterinary medical educational institutions in the world, thanks to the high quality of its students and faculty, the loyalty and dedication of its staff, and the support of a fine university. The hundreds of talented, dedicated faculty and staff members who built the school came together at a time and place that will never be duplicated." Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine - The Early Years, By Dr. Franklin M. Loew.

Albert M. Jonas, DVM

Albert M. JonasFounding Dean

On April 29, 1978, the board voted to establish the first major new school at Tufts since the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1933. Al Jonas, a tenured professor at Yale’s medical school, became dean. Tufts began accepting applications for the Class of 1983 (many early students went on to become professors). Birth of a Veterinary School, Cummings Veterinary Magazine, Spring 2018