Winter 2015

Our Global Impact

140723_12687_kochevar066.jpgHow many magazines do you read that cover 11 different species and span the globe from Africa to the Arctic—all in a single issue? If you can think of one, it likely will not also include stories about some of our great global health challenges, such as cancer and infectious disease.

This issue of Cummings Veterinary Medicine not only contains a diversity of species, geography and storytelling, it provides a glimpse into some of the amazing ways Cummings School students and graduates direct their passions to help animals and people.

Third-year student Nida Intarapanich has developed a statistical modeling tool to look at injury patterns that allows veterinarians to distinguish accidental injury from abuse. She received the highly competitive 2014 Merial Veterinary Scholar national award and presented her findings at the 2014 Merial–NIH Summer Symposium. Another third-year student profiled in this issue wanted to learn about suitable Cape Cod habitats for the rare Eastern spadefoot toad. And the safety of milk got a careful look from a student concerned about the public health implications of raw milk.

These students applied the knowledge they’ve gained in our diverse four-year curriculum, which includes the study of anatomy, physiology, pathology and animals as large as a bull and a microbe too small to see.

Our students learn from and are mentored by our distinguished faculty and staff. This issue of the magazine highlights the quality, diversity and depth of our clinical, research and teaching endeavors. Our faculty’s work isn’t limited to the 600-acre Cummings School campus in Grafton; it spans other Tufts schools, other institutions and the world.

One such faculty initiative, the Tufts Human-Animal Cancer Collaborative, marks an important milestone in the partnership between Cummings School and Tufts School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center. Working from a One Health mindset, Tufts physicians, veterinarians and scientists are developing a multidisciplinary program that uses naturally occurring tumors in animals to advance our understanding of cancer. New knowledge in cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention that emerge from this work will benefit animals and people afflicted with the disease.

On behalf of the entire Cummings School community, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your friendship, support and belief in our work. The global network of Cummings School students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends is impressive, and we are truly grateful for your partnership.

All the best,

Deborah Turner Kochevar, D.V.M., PH.D.
Dean and Henry and Lois Foster Professor


Top Stories

Anatomy of an Abuser

This year more than 1 million animals will be injured on purpose. One student has given veterinarians and law enforcement a way to stop it

Ultra Sound

Keeping elite sport horses at their peak

What Fuels Ebola?

The origins and ecology of the deadly disease

Partners in Healing

Veterinarians and physicians are poised to deliver a knockout blow to the cancers their patients share

Call of the Wild

Her office stretches across 24 time zones, and on any given day, you might find Cheryl Rosa, V97, evaluating village sanitation systems or the health of endangered species 

Editor's Picks

Boogie Bird

The cockatoo's ability to keep a beat may be as rare in nature as language is

Bionic Skulls

Veterinary orthopedist borrows from human medicine to repair canine facial fractures

Doggone DNA

All dogs and cats are at risk for inherited health problems. Understanding them can benefit animal and human health

Got Microbes?

Unpasteurized milk is teeming with bacteria, Meera Sriram, V16, discovers

Itching to Know

Advice for dealing with all things lumpy, bumpy, red and splotchy on your pet’s skin