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University Spotlight: Tufts University

Located in North Grafton, Massachusetts, a short drive from Boston, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University began offering its doctor of veterinary medicine curriculum in 1978. Just five years later, Morris Animal Foundation funded its very first animal health study at Tufts University, a project that examined treatment for feline leukemia. 

Tufts University has since received Morris Animal Foundation funding for 28 grants: 27 for the veterinary school and one for the Tufts Medical School in Boston. Tufts University’s close proximity to Boston and the city’s myriad of higher education institutions has enabled its veterinary researchers to embark on many great collaborative projects over the years, many of which the Foundation has funded.   

“Advancing animal and human health through basic, clinical and translational research is a cornerstone of our school’s mission,” says Dr. Deborah Kochevar, dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. “Our work not only leads to improved health and well-being for animals and people, it leads our students to value and engage in research that continuously transforms the profession.”

Graduating nearly 100 veterinarians last year, Tufts University sits right in the middle in terms of class sizes for veterinary schools, and the school remains near the top in the rankings for quality of curriculum and research. Morris Animal Foundation will continue to fund the very best animal health research that comes its way, and we anticipate that Tufts University will continue to submit its very best ideas for funding to advance animal health for all species.

By: Allen Byrne

October 20, 2014