Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Supporting New England Veterinary Studies

Bill and Joyce Cummings at Tufts Graduation

In 2005, Cummings Foundation finalized a long-term collaboration with the newly renamed Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, providing support and financial resources to sustain the graduate school’s global reputation for excellence. The partnership included a $50 million commitment from the Foundation, pledged at the start of the relationship in 2002. To date, Cummings Foundation has contributed more than $80 million in financial assistance to the prestigious school.

Off campus, Cummings School operates 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 can spread between animals and people. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) chose Tufts to lead its $100 million Strategies to Prevent Spillover (STOP Spillover) program. Directed by Dr. Deborah T. Kochevar, a Tufts faculty member, former Cummings School dean, and former acting provost of the University, STOP Spillover’s mission was to reduce the risk of zoonotic viral diseases that can “spill over” from animals to humans. Kochevar is also a long-term trustee of Cummings Foundation.

In Africa, Cummings School has a significant role in the One Health component of University of Global Health Equity, the international university formed in 2015 by Dr. Paul Farmer and Partners In Health with major joint support from Cummings Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Cummings Veterinary Sign

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 has also 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. Learn more about Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

Cummings Health Sciences, LLC is today one of Cummings Foundation's operating subsidiaries. Others include New Horizons at Choate, LLC and New Horizons at Madonna Hall, LLC, two high-value not-for-profit assisted living communities, located in Woburn and Marlborough, MA, respectively.