Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

It’s Heating Up!

With summer weather arriving in Boston, we’ll soon get to experience jumping into a very warm car that has spent the day basking in the sun’s rays. But do you know just how much heat a car can soak up in a matter of minutes? The Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine has released an informative graphic about how fast summer heat can cause a car’s interior temperature to spike, and how that may harm our  four-legged friends who may be inside.

Shockingly enough, the chart reveals that in a mere ten minutes the inside temperature of a car can spike almost 20 degrees! What does that mean for our furry friends? It may sometimes be safest if they stay home where it’s cooler instead of coming along for the ride.

Check out the chart and learn more about the dangers of heat:

Pet Heat GRaphic


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Why We Need An Easi-Scan Song

A group of Tufts University veterinary students entered the BCF Technology University Contest to win an Easi-Scan ultrasound system. To enter the contest, the students had to send in a group photo, article and video of why they deserve the system for their program. This group of Tufts students from the Student Livestock Organization  were chosen to be one of the final eight schools in the competition.

The Student Livestock Organization is a group dedicated to helping students gain experience working with various types of livestock. Among other activities, this past year they sponsored a poultry-handling lab on campus, a full day of hoof trimming at a local sheep farm, and an AI certification lab. They also organize several practical labs each year and monthly rounds with their ambulatory vets.

Watch their video below and vote for Tufts here.

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Kitty Calendar Stars

Each year, veterinary students at the Cummings School create a cat calendar that raises money for events on campus, like seminars and labs on feline topics. featured some of the great photos included in this year’s calendar, including 10-year old Velcro who has “a disregard for personal space” and a former foster kitten named Furby who is a  “sassypants diva.”  Some of the cute calendar stars are below, but check out the whole gallery on

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Wildlife “Tails”

This spring at the 2012 Alumni Awards ceremony, Tufts Alumni  honored ten alumni, all outstanding in their fields. Dr. Jonathan Epstein, V02, MG02, the associate vice president of conservation medicine at EcoHealth Alliance and the executive director of the Consortium for Conservation Medicine based at EcoHealth Alliance, received the Young Alumni Achievement Award.

Watch this video as Jon  shares stories of his many adventures in wildlife medicine:

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Whale Shark Tourism

This summer, Susan Getty, a Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine student with the Center for Animals and Policy, spent the summer with whales and manta rays off the coast of Holbox Island, Mexico. She is studying to complete her Masters of Science in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) and part of her studies included a final project, for which she chose to focus on animal tourism. Getty explains:

Whale sharks congregate to eat plankton and fish eggs from mid-May to Mid-September, and since these fish are harmless (and spectacular!), people come from all over the world to swim with them. Whale shark tourism in the area has grown rapidly over the past few years, and tourists can now depart from destinations like Isla Mujeres and Cancun in addition to Holbox Island. This growth has led to the concern for the well being of the whale sharks, especially given their “vulnerable” status […] I was drawn to the whale shark tours as I am interested in the intersection of culture and animals, namely wildlife, and how this intersection drives policy. The aim of my research is to uncover how social dynamics contribute to the current problems of the industry with a specific focus on those who operate the tours – the guides and boat captains.

Though she cannot disclose much about the results of her research because she’s still gathering data, she shared these amazing videos with the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University Facebook:

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Two Bald Eagles Released at Cummings

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts recently released two juvenile bald eagles that had been treated at the Wildlife Clinic. They documented the double release, which occurred at the same spot where they were originally found in Tynesboro, with videos posted on their Facebook page.

The first video captures the first eagle being released from its crate and calmly waiting on the grass as cameras flash and video rolls:

In the second video, we see the eagle taking flight:

In the final video, the second eagle is released from its crate and flies off into nearby trees:

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Cummings School and Spay Worcester

Spay Worcester and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University recently teamed up to spay and neuter local stray cats. They created a “super clinic” with the goal of sterilizing 100 cats in one day.

Spay Worcester was formed in 2010 when local residents grew concerned at the number of stray cats in the area. Today the organization works to “reduce the population of free-roaming cats in the city of Worcester through spay neuter and public education.” During the super clinic, fourth-year veterinary students from the Cummings School performed the surgeries under the supervision of faculty veterinarians.

Not only did they reach their goal, they beat it: 102 cats were spayed or neutered at the super clinic. Check out this video for an inside look at the program:

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Interview with President Monaco

Ever wonder how President Monaco takes his tea (spoiler alert: he doesn’t like tea) or what it’s like to live in Gifford House? Before his first commencement here at Tufts on Sunday, check out this “Interview with President Monaco” and get a glimpse into the life of Tony Monaco and his first year at Tufts:

Note: Though recently posted, this video was filmed earlier this year.

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Commencement 2012 Online

You may be on campus this Sunday for commencement or you may be cheering on your friends and family from afar. Either way, you can get an inside look at the day by following Tufts Commencement 2012 online. We’d love to have you join the conversation, so check out how you can take part:

  • Twitter: We’ll be live tweeting from @TuftsLive, so follow along from early morning preparation to the procession, the awarding of honorary degrees, and the commencement address. Use the hashtag #Tufts2012 to let us know what you’re up to.
  •  Web: Watch the live streamed ceremony at, where you will also find the @TuftsLive and #Tufts2012 feeds, so you’ll be sure to not miss a thing.
  • Instagram: We love photos! If you’re on campus, snap some pictures and tag them #Tufts or #Tufts2012. We’ll be capturing some shots too, so be sure to check them out (username: TuftsUniversity)
  • Facebook: We’ve been getting ready for commencement, and will have tons more photos to share just after the ceremony ends.
  • Foursquare: Check into Tufts University Commencement 2012 on Foursquare, include a shout out about graduation, and you’ll earn the Hats Off Badge.

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Tufts Institute of the Environment

If you care about the environment and want to do graduate work in the subject area, look no further! Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE), which emphasizes the importance of sustainability and environmental research and awareness through interdisciplinary initiatives, has two exciting opportunities for post-grads.

The TIE Graduate Fellows program allows Tufts graduate students of any discipline to add an environmental component to his or her research. From biology to works of literature, Tufts students have found unique ways to delve into the natural world. Take a look:

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On a different note, TIE Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute (TELI) brings faculty, staff and graduates together for a week-long workshop every year to increase environmental literacy.  Here’s more about this year’s program and what it accomplished:

Be sure to like TIE on Facebook and to check out some cool photos!

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