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In 1978, Tufts University established a visionary veterinary school with a One Medicine mission. Today, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is an internationally recognized institution that continues to advance One Health initiatives and improve the health and well-being of animals, humans, and the environment. The only veterinary school in New England, our curricula, high-quality clinical services, research, and dedicated faculty and staff are the cornerstones of our academic excellence. We offer doctoral degrees in veterinary medicine (DVM) and biomedical sciences (PhD), two combined DVM/master’s degree programs (Public Health, Laboratory Animal Medicine), and three stand-alone graduate programs (Animals and Public Policy; Conservation Medicine; Infectious Disease and Global Health). Signature opportunities within our DVM program include International Veterinary Medicine, Wildlife and Conservation Medicine, and Animal Welfare, Ethics and Policy.

Research is at the heart of academic life at Tufts University. Cummings School is recognized for research contributions in infectious disease and global health, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, and specialty clinical and translational medicine and surgery. We offer our veterinary students valuable research experience through summer research training programs funded for over 25 years by the National Institutes of Health, foundations, and industry partners.

Cummings Veterinary Medical Center treats more than 80,000 patients per year.


Cummings Veterinary Medical Center treats small companion animals, exotic pets, horses, food animals, and wildlife. The seven academic teaching hospitals and clinics that comprise Cummings Veterinary Medical Center—Foster Hospital for Small Animals, Hospital for Large Animals, Tufts Ambulatory Service, Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties, Tufts Wildlife Clinic, Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic, Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic—offer students high-quality, hands-on clinical learning and provide our patients with advanced and specialty veterinary care.

Cummings School’s community is committed to preparing students for success. We foster open-minded, knowledgeable active citizens who are capable of effecting positive change. To date, more than 2,000 graduates have successfully entered careers in a variety of fields, ranging from general and specialty clinical practice and biomedical research to pioneering positions in international medicine, conservation medicine, human-animal interaction, and public health.

We value our strong partnership with Cummings Foundation and its long-term commitment to supporting our school’s mission of healing animals, helping humans and transforming global health.