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I feel very fortunate to be living on a farm that has been in my family since 1958. As a retired farmer, I own three alpacas, two pigs, and a horse with her companion mini donkey. The farm also houses dozens of cattle, more pigs, and two more horses owned by others.

When I owned cattle, I found the clinicians at Tufts Veterinary Field Service in Woodstock, Connecticut, to be highly competent and compassionate. I found the same to be true when I brought my alpacas to the Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center. Dr José García-López performed dental surgery on one of my alpacas, and Dr. Daniela Bedenice has given me advice on numerous occasions. Everyone that I have dealt with at Tufts has truly cared for both me and my animals when addressing their issues.

I believe it is important to support an institution like Cummings School that educates veterinarians to treat both farm and companion animals with the best possible veterinary care in the most compassionate and dignified way. I am proud to be a Loyal Companion.

—Rene Gibson,
Loyal Companion Society member since 2005