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Department of 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.


The mission of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is to serve animals, the public and the veterinary profession through excellence and innovation in the equally important missions of teaching, research and clinical service.

The department consists of approximately 55 faculty members, the majority of whom are board-certified specialists in clinical veterinary medicine. Most faculty members in the department actively participate in clinical service, teaching and research, although some emphasize research, while others emphasize clinical service. Faculty members in the department teach in all four years of the veterinary curriculum. Courses range from traditional classroom-based lecture courses to laboratory-based courses, to the clinical rotations that constitute the fourth year of the curriculum.

Faculty members in the department conduct both basic and clinical research. Areas of basic research emphasis include regenerative medicine, pulmonary disease, nutrition, and hepatic disease. The Regenerative Medicine Laboratory receives NIH and Shipley Foundation funding to support stem cell research and performs clinical trials to assess the efficacy of stem cell treatments in dogs with naturally occurring disease. The department also conducts clinical research into a wide range of diseases affecting companion animals. Much of the clinical research is conducted through prospective clinical trials. Many of the clinical trials are funded by external funding agencies, and others are funded by the Fund for Companion Animal Health, which is supported by donations made by clients and friends of the school.

Information pertaining to the department's clinical programs can be found on the Hospital for Large Animals and the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals pages.


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

PH: 508-887-4810 (for department-specific inquiries only)
ALT. PH: 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.