Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University has continued to be a research and education powerhouse for New England since February 2009.
With more than 2,000 graduates headquartered in Grafton, Mass., its 594-acre main campus makes it the sole vet program in New England. Renewing its accreditation in March 2012 from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA/COE) for another seven years, it has prepared its students extremely well for the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE); 99.4 percent of its graduates have passed the exam since 2008.
“Cummings School is part of a rich life science community in Massachusetts and we play a pivotal role in One Health science that spans basic, translational and clinical,” said Cummings School Dean Deborah Kochevar, D.V.M. “Our faculty and clinicians conduct biomedical research using spontaneous animal disease models, which are helping to advance both animal and human health and well-being. The school has a history of innovation and interprofessional collaboration with medical and industry partners, and this is an advantage for both our students and alumni.”
Established in 2012, the Cummings School’s Regenerative Medicine lab grew out of an established laboratory working on existing stem cell research. It was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Kennel Club and Marlborough, Mass-based Advanced Cell Technologies, among other organizations. This new lab, according to Andrew Hoffman, D.V.M., D.V.Sc., professor of large animal medicine at the Cummings School and director of the RML, is working on, “developing clinical trials of stem cell-based therapies for the benefit of our veterinary patients who are afflicted by [the] same diseases people suffer from.”
Explaining the lab’s comprehensive abilities, Hoffman lists what researchers are focusing on, which includes “spinal disc disease causing spinal paralysis, arthritis of the elbow, autoimmune kidney failure and a condition that resembles Crohn’s disease.”
Tufts is performing research that will touch both human and companion animals. According to Rushmie Nofsinger, associate director of public relations at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts, the school is looking at the potential “physical and psychological benefits” of adding a dog as a companion pet to a child’s life in conjunction with a comprehensive weight loss program for “overweight and obese children.”
“Tufts CTSI is committed to supporting innovative research, and One Health—the interdisciplinary collaboration to improve the health of humans, animals, and the environment—is one of our focus areas," said Karen M. Freund, M.D., MSPH, Tufts CTSI associate director for research collaboration and head of Tufts CTSI's KL2 Program.
The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is led by, Deborah Linder, D.V.M., a research assistant professor and the head of the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and will determine how effective dogs may be at giving kids support in following through with a weight loss program. What Freund said about the companion dog study could also be said about the college’s entire research and teaching staff: "We look forward to Dr. Linder's study, and to her participation in our program."
At a Glance
Location: North Grafton, Mass.
Average GPA for Entering Students: 3.60/4.00
Average GRE Scores: Verbal: 160; Quantitative: 158; 4.5 Analytical
Programs: DVM; DVM/MS (Comparative Biomedical Sciences); DVM/MS (Laboratory Animal Medicine); DVM/MPH (Tufts University School of Medicine); Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences); MS (Animals and Public Policy or Conservation Medicine)
Tuition: $43,116 (Mass. Residents); $47,966 (Out-of-State-Residents)