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Dan Hebert with his black labrador retriever, Joe

When I was young, I always thought about being a veterinarian. I liked the idea that I would care for animals and that it would allow me to practice science every day. I also had dreams of owning my own business.

Having grown up in nearby Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University felt like home to me. My family’s candy business is a quick walk through the woods from Cummings, and my grandmother was an early advocate for the school. And even in high school, I considered it my veterinary school.

Getting my acceptance letter from Cummings was one of the best moments of my life. As the only veterinary institution in New England, I have always appreciated the caliber of facilities and programs Cummings School offers. Having experienced all of this firsthand as a student, I am committed to making sure current and future Cummings students have the same or even better opportunities.

Cummings School’s vision extends years into the future and, in my years of supporting the school, I have seen the results. Whether my gifts contribute to the construction of a new building with the most advanced technology or to educational programs that train and foster the talents of the school’s veterinary students, my gifts have real impact.

Cummings School personifies the leadership that I followed through my years as a student and continue to follow as an owner of a veterinary clinic. I share the school’s optimism for the future, and it is an honor to be considered a Loyal Companion at my alma mater.

—Dan Hebert, V01, Loyal Companion Society member since 2004