Healing is the hallmark of Cummings School. While we treat more than 80,000 patients at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center, our impact reaches much further. Our internationally acclaimed clinician scholars focus on delivering the best diagnosis, prevention of animal diseases. Our faculty helps establish the highest benchmarks for evidence-based medicine, work towards raising the standards of patient care everywhere all while mentoring veterinary students who will one day advance the field of veterinary medicine.


Going to the Dogs (And Cats)

When it comes to nutrition, we have a lot in common with our pets. Diet also plays a role in our shared ailments, such as heart disease. Researchers across the university are looking at what nutrition research could learn from companion animals.

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04/03/2015 -  Willow a Holsteiner Mare, is recorded while she runs on a treadmill after the horse was fitted with prototype protective leg wear and monitors on Friday, April 3, 2015 in the Hospital for Large Animals. The leg wear is being developed by Hosso Inc. in conjunction with Cummings School faculty and students. (Matthew Healey for Tufts University)

A Leg Up for Horse Health

Cummings School faculty Carl Kirker-Head and Nick Frank collaborated with Chris Rogers, a professor of mechanical engineering on Tufts’ Medford campus, and his undergraduate engineering students to train their entrepreneurial skills on multimillion-dollar equine legwear industry.

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Deco, my golden retriever, photographed with a 50 mm, large aperture, late evening light

Cancer Genetics

Two malignancies common in golden retrievers share similar DNA markers. A study mapping genes associated with two cancers common in golden retrievers could lead to better prevention and treatment of the disease in dogs as well as similar cancers in people.

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04/03/2015 -  Annabelle, a ten-year old black Labrador retriever takes a break while on a walk with her owner Erin Sieczkowski (off camera) in their neighborhood in East Hampton, Connecticut on Friday, April 3, 2015. Annabelle was successfully treated with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy for anal sac adenocarcinoma at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. (Matthew Healey for Tufts University)

Radiation to the Rescue

Radiation oncology came to the rescue of a rescue black Lab with anal sac adenocarcinoma, which is similar to rectal cancer in people.

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Bwenge, a young silverback mountain gorilla, surveys his surroundings from atop Mount Visoke, an extinct volcano in Rwanda.

Gorilla Medicine

These great apes share 98.5 percent of their genes with us—which makes them susceptible to our diseases. Learn how wildlife veterinarians are protecting these endangered animals in Africa.

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A pair of common eiders in Helgoland

Ducks are Dying

A mass infection in common eider ducks and a newly identified virus spark a regional effort to manage wildlife epidemics.

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Human-Animal Disorders

Like Minds

The similarities between behavioral disorders in people and animals may lead to breakthroughs in the detection and treatment of autism, OCD and other compulsive disorders.

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Boy hugging cat

Animal Instinct

Cummings School scientists seek to put some evidence behind what we intuitively know is a wonderful thing: our special relationship with the animals in our lives.

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Spotlight on Cancer

Experimental technique can detect tiny bits of malignancy after surgery

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