Veterinarians are uniquely qualified to address several important current and future issues that face our nation and the world. Their expertise is the consequence of an educational background that is strongly based on the principles of comparative biology and medicine as applied to a variety of animal and human health-related problems.
Thus, in addition to areas of ongoing activity, veterinarians are now being asked to apply their expertise to new and emerging fields, including environmental science, toxicology, wildlife and conservation medicine, genetic engineering, comparative medicine, biotechnology, cell biology, human and animal nutrition, ethology, and international veterinary medicine.
The veterinary curriculum at Tufts exists with these concepts in mind. The primary goal of the curriculum, therefore, is to offer students a strong background in the principles of veterinary medicine and to expose them to the spectrum of present and future career opportunities in the profession. The mainstream aspects of the profession—food (cattle, sheep, swine); fiber (sheep); companion (dog, cat); and sporting (horse) animal medicine and surgery, preventive medicine, and public health—are areas that are highlighted along with instruction in the emerging areas noted above.
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University was founded in 1978. Located in North Grafton, MA, it is the only veterinary school in New England. The school's pioneering academic programs, high quality clinical care services and original research advancing animal, human and environmental health, have brought Tufts University national and world-wide acclaim.
The 585-acre campus includes three hospitals: the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals, the Hospital for Large Animals and the Bernice Barbour Wildlife Medicine Building, where over 28,000 patients annually are treated by clinicians representing a broad range of specialties. The school boasts the country's largest training program in veterinary emergency and critical care and has garnered attention for leadership in oncology, cardiology, nutrition, animal behavior, diagnostic imaging and equine sports medicine.
Off campus, the Cummings School operates the Tufts Ambulatory Farm Service in Woodstock, CT, which helps sustain New England family farming. The school's International Program collaborates with other Tufts University programs and local organizations in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to encourage sustainable animal agriculture, wildlife conservation, and public health.
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is recognized internationally for faculty contributions to the study of zoonotic infectious diseases - illnesses that move from animals to people. In 2003, the school was awarded an unparalleled $25 million NIH grant to establish a research unit for the National Food and Waterborne Disease Integrated Research Network. The Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine places the Cummings School in the forefront of the emerging study of human, animal and environmental health in ecosystems, locally and globally.
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine annually enrolls more than 300 students in its four-year program leading to a doctor of veterinary medicine (D.V.M.) degree. The school is typically ranked at or near the very top among the 32 North American veterinary schools in the combined GRE scores of its entering class. For the past three years, the school has ranked first in its graduates' success in the competitive matching program for internships and residencies.
The school has developed innovative graduate programs including the world's only M.S. degree in the field of animals and public policy, and the first D.V.M./M.P.H. program that places veterinary and medical students in the same classroom. The first quarter century of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine has seen 1500 graduates establish successful careers in a variety of fields within the profession, contributing with commitment and knowledge to a humane, healthy and compassionate society.
The New England Regional Biosafety Laboratory (NE-RBL) is a 41,000 square foot facility dedicated to the study of existing and emerging infectious, diseases, toxin-mediated diseases and medical countermeasures important to biodefense. Scientists within the NE-RBL are conducting research to develop therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostic tools in a safe, secure, regulatory-compliant environment. Investigators in academia, not-for-profit organizations, industry, and government studying biodefense and emerging infectious diseases may request the use of biocontainment laboratories.
A $50 million financial commitment from Cummings Foundation in 2002 led to the renaming of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, in honor of the Foundation's founders, William S. and Joyce M. Cummings, in 2005.
Veterinary School at Tufts, LLC is today one of CFI's three operating subsidiaries. The other two are New Horizons at Choate, LLC, and New Horizons at Madonna Hall, LLC, two of the best low cost, not-for-profit assisted living facilities, located in Woburn and Marlborough, MA, respectively.