Posts Tagged 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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What It Takes to Become a Veterinarian

This excerpt from a video created by the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association features Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. In it, we learn what it takes to become a veterinarian.


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