Since 1980 Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University has operated Tufts Ambulatory Service for large animal veterinary service in Woodstock, CT. Tufts Ambulatory Service delivers round the clock ambulatory care for a variety of food and fiber animals and horses in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Whether you have one pet goat or several hundred cattle, Tufts Ambulatory Service strives to provide the highest quality of veterinary service to its clients, as well as superior education to students, support for agriculture in the community, and professional growth for its faculty and staff.
The overall goal of Tufts Ambulatory Service is to complement the didactic and in-house clinical training provided to students in our hospitals with a practical hands-on approach in a setting typical of most large or mixed animal practices in New England. To achieve that aim, the Ambulatory team promotes health and well-being of farm animals through prevention and treatment of disease, enhances the viability and sustainability of livestock-based farms, and provides students with experience and training in large animal veterinary practice.
Initially staffed by two faculty members, there are currently seven veterinarians based in Woodstock and the service continues to grow. Veterinarians in the section make approximately 4,000 farm calls annually, tending to over 35,000 cattle, 2,000 horses, 700 sheep, 700 goats and 800 camelids. All Tufts Ambulatory Service faculty members teach in Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine’s lecture and laboratory programs in addition to providing clinical education to students and service to our clients’ animals.
A busy teaching practice year round, each month a group of seven or eight fourth year students spends its days assisting clinicians solving individual animal and herd-based problems. A bit more than half the work is preventative in nature, encompassing such tasks as vaccinations, fertility examinations, and herd record analyses. The rest is largely responding to illnesses, injuries, or other emergencies such as birthing problems. Most students feel that they get more
hands-on experience on this rotation than on any other in the curriculum.
Tufts Ambulatory Service faculty along with fourth year students on Ambulatory Rotation also make regular visits to Newport, RI where they are engaged in a conservation project in collaboration with the SVF Foundation. The Swiss Valley Foundation (SVF) has created a livestock seedbank whose mission is to cryopreserve germplasm from endangered breeds of livestock.