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Working @ Cummings School

Cummings School offers many opportunities to help you live your professional life to the fullest. Our programs range from workplace wellness, career planning, and diverse student groups to help you prepare for an enriching career.

Programs & Resources at Cummings School


Alpha Psi (Omicron Chapter)

Vet students participating in this professional fraternity build lifelong friendships and engage with faculty through a variety of social and community outreach activities.

Dr. Kirstin Bubeck performs a lameness exam on Noble Defender outside the new Equine Sports Medicine Arena on August 2, 2017. Flexion, jogs, lunging, and nerve blocks were completed while students and owner, Sharon Akoff looked on.

American Association of Equine Professionals (AAEP)

The Tufts student chapter provides a broad array of educational programs and professional networking opportunities in the field of equine medicine.

Members of the Class of 2019 were in the Lerner Spay Neuter Clinic yesterday afternoon for a Cat Handling Lab as part of their Clinical Skills course. In the lab they learn how to safely restrain a cat for examinations, blood draws, and administering medications.

American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)

Cummings School’s student chapter provides access to numerous educational programs and professional networking opportunities in the field of feline medicine.

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American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)

Students who want to pursue internal medicine board-certification or general practice learn what these careers are like through engaging student chapter activities.

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American Society for Lab Animal Practitioners (ASLAP)

Students interested in a career in laboratory animal medicine or just looking to explore are exposed to this niche field through the eyes of practicing professionals.

This Snowy owl stretches her wings in one of the flight cages located at the Bernice Barbour Wildlife Clinic.

Association of Avian Veterinarians (Avian Club)

Student members have an opportunity to explore their interests in avian medicine, including wildlife, companion bird or commercial poultry-type practice.

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Behavior Club

Students learn about the field of animal behavior and behavioral counseling through engaging programs involving interaction with practicing behavioral specialists.


Career Chat

Career Chat are informal discussions offered through the Cummings Support Center that provide veterinary students with real-life perspectives on career options available within the veterinary profession. Through monthly sessions attended by Cummings School alumni, students learn about the possibilities, opportunities, realities and challenges associated with various professional pursuits. The Career Chat program helps students: Develop Read More


Cummings Hosts International

CHI assists students, scholars, faculty and residents visiting from across the globe to ensure that they have the most enriching social and educational experience.

Students of the Cummings School of Veterinary medicine working with patients and faculty during their Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Rotation.

Diagnostic Imaging Club

Veterinary students participate in programming outside the classroom that helps them become more comfortable with interpretation of imaging results and imaging-specific topics.


Gap Junction

Veterinary students share their knowledge and the world of science and veterinary medicine with middle school students through this after-school educational program.

Gabriel, service dog to Wounded Warrior Jake Murphy was recently treated and released from the Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Everyone that came in contact with Gabriel fell in love. His departure was both happy and sad.

Healer’s Art

This selective course offered to 1st and 2nd-year veterinary students provides a foundation to help them cope with the mental health and well-being pressures of the veterinary profession.


Holistic Medicine Club

Students explore holistic treatment options within veterinary medicine and how they can be integrated with traditional approaches for animal wellness.

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Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA)

Through lunch talks, community service events and resources of the HSVMA, students are exposed to issues such as animal welfare and policy, stray animal population control and disaster relief.


New England Students for One Health

Students learn about the concept of One Health – connecting aspects of human, animal and environmental health to address challenges facing our communities.

Close up of female and male hands protecting a paper chain family. Top view of two hands form a circle around white paper chain family on wooden table. Family care, insurance and helping hand concept.

Parental and Family Planning Resources

Tufts University as well as Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center support your decision to have or plan a family while here whether you are a student, faculty or staff. Resources include a campus parenting group, counseling and support services, mentors, lactation rooms and more. Learn more about the resources Read More

V14 students delve into Pathology during their Cytology Elective in the Alden Lab.

Pathology Club

Student gain insights into the field of veterinary pathology through monthly lunch discussions and weekend wet labs.

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Pet Loss Support Hotline

Just a phone call away — veterinary students are available to help pet owners work through the heartache of losing a beloved animal companion.

Patients with faculty, students and Residents that visited the Foster Hospital for Small Animals (FHSA)

Shelter Medicine Club (SCASV)

Through guest lectures, wet labs and direct exposure to animals in shelters, students expand their understanding of the field of shelter medicine and animal welfare.


Student Association of Veterinary Ethics (SAVE)

Students explore issues related to animal welfare and gain tools to guide them through ethical dilemmas they will face throughout their veterinary careers.


Student Livestock Organization (SLO)

Students work with practicing ambulatory veterinarians to gain experience caring for various types of livestock, including cattle, goats, sheep and pigs.

12/15/2016 - Grafton, Mass. -  Lauren Saunders, V17, and Nikki Licht examine a terrier in the Emergency Room at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals on December 15, 2016. The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine recently completed an expansion and renovation of the lobby, examination rooms and areas of the ER at the on-campus hospital. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (SVECCS)

Veterinary students learn about emergency and critical care medicine through clinical case presentations, wet labs and by facilitating pet first aid seminars for the local community.


Student Veterinary Surgical Society (SVSS)

Veterinary students explore their interest in a surgical career through programming outside the classroom aimed at expanding their knowledge and practical expertise in this field.

03/08/2012 - Grafton, Mass. - Jordana Fetto, V14, (second from left) practices inserting a needle to draw blood from a dog's foreleg in the Simulation Center at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Looking on is Hilary Feldman, V14.  (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

The Simulation Center

In this hands-on teaching and learning center, veterinary students hone clinical and surgical techniques and build the self-assurance and competence needed to be practice-ready upon graduation.

12/15/2016 - Grafton, Mass. - Dr. Orla Mahony, Endocrinologist and small animal internist, and Camille Barnes, V17, prepare for an upcoming appointment at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals on December 15, 2016. The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine recently completed an expansion and renovation of the lobby, examination rooms and areas of the ER at the on-campus hospital. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

Tufts Office of Equal Opportunity

Tufts University is committed to protecting the mental and physical well-being of employees and students by ensuring the environment is free of discrimination and harassment.


Tufts Veterinary Council on Diversity

Students, faculty and staff champion campus-wide efforts to foster an environment where all individuals are respected, and diversity and inclusion are embraced.


Veterinarians as One In Culture and Ethnicity (VOICE) & Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA)

Students lead efforts that foster acceptance and inclusivity for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within the veterinary profession and across a diversifying clientele.


Veterinarians for Global Solutions (VGS)

This club helps students develop a network of connections worldwide and provides opportunities to explore the role of the veterinarian in international veterinary medicine.

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Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA)

Student members gain access to information on business practices, communication skills, and networking opportunities that help them build leadership skills and achieve management roles in veterinary practice.

Patients with faculty, students and Residents that visited the Foster Hospital for Small Animals (FHSA)

Veterinary Disaster Response Club

Students and faculty are introduced to the role veterinarians play in disaster relief efforts and how to prepare for and help families and their pets when natural disaster strikes.


Veterinary Nutrition Club

Student members gain insights and professional competency in veterinary nutrition with opportunities to research and explore nutrition-related employment.


Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI)

Female veterinary students engage in programs that teach skills needed to achieve leadership excellence in preparation for administrative, policy and decision-making positions.


Work-Life Balance at Tufts – Faculty and Staff

Tufts offers comprehensive benefits and many resources for faculty and staff to help manage the demands of home and work.

Additional Programs & Resources

  • Veterinary Leadership Experience 10/12/2017 - Woodstock, Conn. - A group photo of the Tufts Ambulatory Service veterinarians on October 12, 2017. (Anna Miller/Tufts University)This week-long experiential training program is designed to help veterinary professionals “think outside the box” and learn skills necessary to be healthy and resilient leaders within veterinary medicine.