Fall 2018

Always Striving

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Cummings School’s founding, dozens of alumni, faculty, and staff shared stories of those early days, as well as the incredible work our school and veterinary hospitals are doing today, in the last issue of this magazine. Thanks to the hard work and impressive achievements of our pioneering faculty, staff, and students, New England’s only veterinary school earned full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1986.

Like all veterinary schools, Cummings School must earn the right to maintain its status through a rigorous accreditation process that takes place every seven years. And for the last several months, our faculty and staff have been working tirelessly in preparation for hosting the accreditation site team for its weeklong visit in October to assure the AVMA that Cummings School upholds the highest standards of veterinary medical education.

We forged ahead with projects big and small, under the direction of our new facilities manager, Scott Washburn. We renovated the Luke & Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic to expand the surgical prep area—laying the foundation for a multipurpose teaching and simulation lab where students will use a variety of technologies to practice fundamental procedures. We installed brighter, energy-saving LED bulbs across campus. And we replaced the old-fashioned white boards used in Tufts Wildlife Clinic to track patients with a large, easy-to-update digital display.

We also completed a 100-page self-study addressing eleven standards, including an overview of the school’s mission and governance, finances, physical facilities and equipment, clinical resources, information resources, students, admissions, faculty, curriculum, research programs, and outcomes. The accreditation site team will present their findings to the AVMA’s Council on Education in March.

As always, this process has provided an opportunity for schoolwide introspection, as well as a chance to show off the countless things that Cummings School does so well. I invite you to read about some of them in the pages ahead. You’ll learn about our faculty’s research into eradicating Lyme disease, as well as how the team led by Cheryl London, V90, the Anne Engen and Dusty Professor in Comparative Oncology and director of our Clinical Trials Office, is bringing novel cancer therapies to Cummings Veterinary Medical Center. We invite you inside our small-animal hospital and introduce you to new wellness programs that ensure our students, faculty, and staff are equally well cared for. And you’ll meet some of our many accomplished alumni, working tirelessly—here and around the world—to help animals, people, and the environment we share.

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating where we are now, and the exciting places we’re heading.

Joyce Knoll
Dean Ad Interim

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