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The Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Middle School program is a fun and exciting way for middle school students to spend one week learning about being a veterinarian and the varied career opportunities within the profession.

  • Explore specialty fields and important topics in veterinary medicine through engaging lectures by Tufts faculty, staff, and vet students.
  • Get up close and personal with the animals on the Cummings School Farm while learning proper animal handling techniques and performing physical examinations.
  • Build your vet skills! Practice bandaging and suturing, learn how to read x-rays, give a clinical exam to a dog, and work as a team to solve a challenging medical case.
  • Visit the spay/neuter clinic, do a dissection in the anatomy lab, and more!

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NOTE: The Adventures in Veterinary Medicine program is located on Tufts University's Grafton campus, approximately 45–60 minutes west of Boston, and not on the main Tufts University campus in Medford/Somerville.

Program Details


Students who have entered 7th or 8th grade as of September 2019 are eligible for all middle school sessions. Middle school applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


The tuition of $790 includes lunches, program materials, and activity and laboratory fees.

Program Dates

Choose from three available middle school sessions. You may apply to one session only, as this program is very popular and the limited spaces fill up quickly.

  • Session 1: April 20–24, 2020 CANCELED due to COVID-19
  • Session 5: June 15–19, 2020 CANCELED due to COVID-19
  • Session 7: July 6–10, 2020 CANCELED due to COVID-19

View the program dates for all 2020 AVM sessions.


Classes begin daily at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Middle school sessions are day sessions and do not include housing. Local accommodations can be found on the Cummings School website. We have also prepared a list of additional accommodations.

Application Information

2020 Online Application

Please carefully read the application instructions prior to filling out the application.

Students whose applications are complete will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until sessions are full. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status within two to three weeks. Students with incomplete applications will not be accepted until all required materials are submitted. Seats cannot be reserved.

Completed Application Requirements
(See the application instructions for more details.)

Please review the list of required vaccinations when applying to ensure you/your child can be current on these vaccinations by the program immunization deadline. The AVM office will contact accepted participants to request proof that they are up-to-date on required vaccinations.