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Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1978

The School of Veterinary Medicine was established in 1978, opened in 1979, and graduated its first class in 1983. Established through the advocacy of President Jean Mayer, the school was unique in its affiliation to a health sciences complex rather than to a school of agriculture. The school is located on a 634 acre campus in Grafton, Massachusetts, site of a former state mental hospital. The school also shares facilities with the medical and dental schools on the downtown Boston campus, where vet students receive their first year of instruction in the basic sciences. Students at the veterinary school are exposed to care of all types of animals including food (cattle, sheep, swine, goat), fiber (sheep, llama), companion (dog, cat), and sporting (horse) animals. In addition, students are given the option of learning about care for wildlife through the wildlife medicine program. In addition to medicine, surgery, preventive medicine, and public health, the school also educates students about ethics, conservation medicine, and human-animal relationships.

The School of Veterinary Medicine was established in 1978, opened in 1979, and graduated its first class in 1983. Established through the advocacy of President Jean Mayer, the school was unique in its affiliation to a health sciences complex rather than to a school of agriculture. The school is located on a 634 acre campus in Grafton, Massachusetts, site of a former state mental hospital. The school also shares facilities with the medical and dental schools on the downtown Boston campus, where vet students receive their first year of instruction in the basic sciences. Students at the veterinary school are exposed to care of all types of animals including food (cattle, sheep, swine, goat), fiber (sheep, llama), companion (dog, cat), and sporting (horse) animals. In addition, students are given the option of learning about care for wildlife through the wildlife medicine program. In addition to medicine, surgery, preventive medicine, and public health, the school also educates students about ethics, conservation medicine, and human-animal relationships.



Initial discussions on the establishment of a veterinary school were begun in the early 1970s as the absence of such a school in the New England region combined with a prediction of a nationwide deficit of veterinarians made the need apparent. After a variety of options were explored, including locating a school at the Otis Air Force base on Cape Cod, Tufts, under Jean Mayer's leadership, stepped forward to take the lead in the project. Richard B. Talbot, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was brought in as interim dean to oversee the startup of the school on a part-time basis. On April 29, 1978, the trustees voted to establish the school as part of Mayer's vision of an integrated "one medicine" program embracing the totality of medical, dental, veterinary, and nutrition education.



The school provides clinical facilities as part of the Tufts-New England Veterinary Medical Center, which includes the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, the Large Animal Hospital, the Cornelius Thibeault Equine Clinic, the Amelia Peabody Pavilion, the Issam Fares Equine Sports Medicine Program, the Harrington Oncology Program, and the Wildlife Clinic at Grafton, as well as the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, and the Ambulatory Farm Clinic based at Woodstock, Connecticut.



The degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) is the primary degree offered by the school, though since 1995 the school also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Animals and Public Policy. The school features several signature programs which offer specialized perspectives on veterinary sciences, including Wildlife Medicine, Equine Sports Medicine, International Veterinary Medicine, Ethics and Values in Veterinary Medicine, and Biotechnology and Veterinary Medicine.

Found in 63 Collections and/or Records:

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Management Policy, 1997-12-03

 Item
Call Number: UA041.007.00008
Scope and Contents: Thesis submitted for the MS in Animals and Public Policy degree.
Dates: 1997-12-03

Allegory of Want: Coyotes, Conflict, and Animal Control Officers in Massachusetts, 2008

 Item
Call Number: UA041.007.00030
Scope and Contents: Thesis submitted for the MS in Animals and Public Policy degree.
Dates: 2008

An analysis of bacterial antibiotic resistance in a small animal veterinary clinic, 1999

 Item
Call Number: UA041.007.00035
Scope and Contents: Thesis submitted for the MS in Animals and Public Policy degree.
Dates: 1999

Animal Adoption and the Pet Acquisition Process, circa 2006

 Item
Call Number: UA041.007.00006
Scope and Contents: Thesis submitted for the MS in Animals and Public Policy degree.
Dates: circa 2006

Animal Policy Report

 Collection
Call Number: UP275
Overview: This collection contains issues of The Animal Policy Report, published by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University.
Dates: 1993 -- 2000

Animals in Elderly and Assisted Living Housing: Policies and Attitudes, 2007-08-15

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Call Number: UA041.007.00019
Scope and Contents: Thesis submitted for the MS in Animals and Public Policy degree.
Dates: 2007-08-15

Applying the Court Appointed Special Advocate Model to Dogs in the Legal System, 2007-08-15

 Item
Call Number: UA041.007.00036
Scope and Contents: Thesis submitted for the MS in Animals and Public Policy degree.
Dates: 2007-08-15

Assessing Student Attitudes on Farm Animal Welfare at a Veterinary College, circa 2014

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Call Number: UA041.007.00033
Scope and Contents: Thesis submitted for the MS in Animals and Public Policy degree.
Dates: circa 2014

Biomedical scientists' recognition and alleviation of pain and distress in laboratory rats and mice, circa 2002

 Item
Call Number: UA041.007.00029
Scope and Contents: Thesis submitted for the MS in Animals and Public Policy degree.
Dates: circa 2002

Biscayne National Park's Loggerhead Turtle Conservation Program in South Florida: An Analysis, 2011-01

 Item
Call Number: UA041.007.00014
Scope and Contents: Thesis submitted for the MS in Animals and Public Policy degree.
Dates: 2011-01