Spring 2018

A Leader’s Legacy

David McGrath, V86, AG83, chaired the Cummings School Board of Advisors since 2006.

Previous Next

Photo: Alonso Nichols

After chairing the Cummings School Board of Advisors since 2006, David McGrath, V86, AG83, A11P, A15P, F19P, stepped down from that role this spring. McGrath said he’s been privileged to witness the dramatic improvements at the school since he was a student there 30 years ago, and he noted that Tufts’ veterinary school is now reaching another high point. “We just renovated the Foster Hospital, we’ll finish our seven-year accreditation next year, we have new campus facilities for students,” he said.

For McGrath, service on the Cummings School board—and on the Tufts University Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2009—reflects his appreciation for an education that helped him realize a childhood dream. McGrath eventually became proprietor of 13 animal hospitals in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He sold the hospitals last year.

McGrath was the first alumnus to serve on the Board of Advisors when he joined in 1996; that count, including him, is now up to five. “It’s critical as the vet school matures,” he said, “that our alumni realize that supporting our school both in an advisory role and a financial role is critical to the success of the school going forward.”

Top Stories

A Revolution in Grafton

Over 40 years, Cummings School has built itself into an international leader in veterinary education, expert clinical care, and interdisciplinary research.

Editor's Picks

A Mastiff Issue in China

A conservation medicine alum addresses the problem of free-ranging dogs on the Tibetan plateau.

On the Road with the Goat Doc

After she had trouble finding care for her own dairy goats, Cara Sammons-Shepard, V16, decided to become a traveling veterinarian herself.

Birth of the Veterinary School

Over 40 years, Cummings School has become an international leader in veterinary medicine. And all it took was buying nearly 600 acres for a dollar, palpating police horses, and performing the occasional surgery by penlight.