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Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine

Founded in 1978, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University (TCSVM) is the only veterinary school in the six-state New England region. The school's pioneering academic programs, high-quality clinical care services and original research have brought Tufts University national and worldwide acclaim.

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is located in a beautiful New England setting in North Grafton, Massachusetts, about an hour west of Boston. The school offers a four-year professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program, as well as five graduate programs.

In its first quarter-century, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine has seen more than 1,500 graduates establish successful careers in a variety of fields, ranging from clinical practice and biomedical research, to pioneering positions in international medicine, conservation medicine and public health. We believe all of our graduates contribute to improving the health of animals and humans and the ecosystems in which they live.

Our 594-acre campus includes three teaching hospitals—the Hospital for Large Animals, the Foster Hospital for Small Animals and the Tufts Wildlife Clinic. We also own and operate Tufts Ambulatory Service, located in Woodstock Connecticut, and Tufts VETS, our innovative satellite clinic located in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Research is central to the work of Tufts University and is at the very heart of academic life. The Cummings School is recognized for faculty contributions to:

  • the study of zoonotic infectious diseases,
  • research in reproductive neurosciences, hepatic and gastrointestinal diseases, pulmonary diseases and nutrition,
  • participatory disease surveillance and community-based disease control to fight against avian influenza in Indonesia,
  • sustainable animal agriculture, wildlife conservation and public health.

Students are able to take advantage of faculty research interests, listed in the Faculty Profile pages, through our Student Research Training Programs.

Cummings School was most recently fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA/COE) in March 2005. The next site visit will be in 2011. For the last five years 98.2% of our graduating DVM's have passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). The current AVMA Council on Education standard requires 80% of graduating seniors to pass the exam by the time of graduation.

Welcome to the web site of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. We take great pride in the achievements of our students, faculty and staff and we appreciate your interest in learning about our school.

Our mission at Cummings School is to improve the health and well-being of animals and people and the environment in which they live. We do this through excellence and innovation in clinical service, research and teaching.

We encourage you to explore our web site and to learn about the school's goals. These include to:

  • Educate and motivate leaders in veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences through programs that are forward-looking, comprehensive and responsive to the talents of our students.
  • Improve the quality of life for animals and provide health care for ill and injured animals that is progressive, compassionate, and evidence-based.
  • Improve animal and human health by conducting the highest quality basic and clinical research.
  • Promote the health of people, animals and ecosystems worldwide through advancement of public health principles, conservation medicine, and sustainable agriculture.

From our home page you may access admissions resources for DVM and graduate programs, information on the research, teaching and clinical service efforts of our distinguished faculty, staff and students, and much more including current and back issues of Tufts Veterinary Magazine.

We hope you enjoy learning about the school in all its intriguing dimensions. Please also consider visiting us in person at our Grafton campus.

Deborah Kochevar, DVM, PhD
Dean and Henry and Lois Foster Professor

General Information

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536
Phone: (508) 839-5302


Foster Hospital for Small Animals
Phone: (508) 839-5395
Hospital for Large Animals
Phone: (508) 839-5395
Tufts Wildlife Clinic
Phone: (508) 839-7918

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