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International Veterinary Medicine

General Information about the IVM Program

The IVM program is a combination of educational and field-based opportunities, designed to prepare our graduates to practice their chosen area of veterinary medicine with a global perspective. Throughout the program, veterinary students are exposed to a diverse group of faculty and visitors who connect them to a greater international network of research and clinical opportunities.

The International Veterinary Medicine Post Graduate Certificate Program was created and designed in recognition of the fact that international careers are competitive and require specially qualified candidates with advanced training and field experience.  Students who are interested in a career in IVM may complete the certificate program while simultaneously completing their DVM.


The International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program began in 1982, three years after the establishment of the veterinary school. Tufts University has had a long-standing international commitment, in education as well as in service and research, and the IVM program allows the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to meaningfully contribute to this university-wide mandate.

During the early days, the focus of the program was on the advancement of agricultural systems in the developing world. Over time, the program has evolved to meet the current needs of the international veterinary profession, including Conservation Medicine, and Global Health. We currently offer six areas in which students may gain expertise, while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of a One Health approach in all areas of veterinary medicine.