Students can avail themselves of experiential learning opportunities during the academic year in selective blocks, in their first two summers, and during their clinical year. Summer experiences involve independent research projects or structured short courses. Independent projects require students to take primary responsibility for all aspects of the project including: proposal writing, experimental design, research budget development, competing for grant funding, communication and coordination with collaborators on and off campus, research and travel arrangements (including visas and permits). Most projects include data collection and analysis, are summarized through oral presentation and often involve submission of a paper to a peer-reviewed journal. This is an incredibly valuable learning experience for the students and goes a long way to preparing them for their professional careers.
Veterinary students at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University who go overseas are supervised by both a Tufts and a field mentor, and are often paired with a host-country student. The Cummings School faculty has joined with other faculty from Tufts University and partner institutions to explore conservation medicine challenges and develop locally based approaches to ecosystem health assessment and monitoring in the developing world.