April 2015

news@CUMMINGS School is sent from the Dean to Cummings School faculty, staff and students with information from each department about publications, grants, presentations, awards and other news from our campus community. Please send any news and accomplishments to your department for the next issue of news@CUMMINGS School. Additional suggestions or submissions can be sent to Nancy Meyer [nancy.meyer@tufts.edu].


Dear Cummings Community,
This week we are enjoying having the Class of 2015 back on campus during their final days as students of the Cummings School. While they are busy with “Taking Charge of your Professional Life” programming through our Office of Academic and Student Affairs, they also have time to re-connect with classmates and faculty. Please take time to engage our soon-to-be-alums and let them know how proud you are of their accomplishments.

We are delighted that Bill and Joyce Cummings will join us for commencement this year to mark the 10th anniversary of the naming of the veterinary school at Tufts. Their gift to Tufts in 2005 had a remarkable and positive impact on the school and, as you will hear on Sunday, the school has helped Bill and Joyce appreciate the importance of One Health and what veterinarians can contribute on a global scale.

Our Board of Advisors was on campus for the April spring meeting and celebrated the official launch of the renovation of the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals (see photo). Board members collectively donated nearly a million dollars toward the renovation effort. We count a distinctive array of talents on our board including two medical doctors, executives from industries as diverse as publishing, advertising, arts, investment, banking, life sciences and pet food, as well as veterinary and pharmaceutical industry entrepreneurs, writers, alumni practitioners and specialists, a life sciences faculty member, a federal lobbyist, a leader in veterinary public health and the executive director of a large charitable organization. They are an outstanding group and devoted to advancing the health and well-being of animals, Cummings School students, faculty and staff and Tufts University.

One Health was an important theme again this month with Cummings faculty and others providing an April 1 program at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nutrition. An NIH Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) sponsored workshop, One Health, Integrating the Veterinarian Scientist into the Biomedical Research Enterprise, took place the following week in Bethesda, MD (http://www.scgcorp.com/ORIPOneHealth2015/Agenda ). The program included Tufts faculty attendees and participants, medical doctors and scientists from across the country as well as interested NIH officials. A white paper is planned summarizing major concepts and we hope this might lead to further investment by NIH in One Health Initiatives.

The month wrapped up on a One Health high note with the successful Zoobiquity Boston program that you will read about in this newsletter. It was gratifying to hear enthusiastic praise from program participants, about half of whom were physicians, regarding presentations by our faculty. Thanks to all Cummings School faculty and staff who served as excellent ambassadors of the school, the profession and One Health.

We’ve come full cycle this month with record attendance at Admitted Students Day on April 3 to end of month and final preparations for Commencement 2015.

Thank you for all you do and enjoy the well-earned beauty of springtime in Grafton.

All the best,
Deborah Kochevar

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Several members of the Cummings School Board of Advisors, joined by Dean Kochevar and Dr. Ginny Rentko, commemorating the start of construction of the renovation for the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals. April 30, 2015. Back row (L to R): Deborah Kochevar, Bob Croce, Doug Payne, Hugh Roome. Front row: Meg Douglass-Hamilton, Katie Dolan, Marilyn Sarles, Dan Hebert, John de Jong, Ginny Rentko, Joel Swets, Frankie Trull, Jean Hoffman.



Dean Kochevar hosted an open forum for faculty, staff, and students on the Grafton Campus on April 28. A brief summary of the discussion follows.

Career satisfaction is enhanced by learning and honing skills that keep the work engaging and contribute to results. Tufts offers a range of professional development opportunities for staff and faculty and it was noted that new ideas are welcome. There is a need to provide development across the academic life cycle for faculty and staff. Ideas for enhanced professional development programming were exchanged, including discussion of faculty sabbaticals. It was noted by the dean that two working groups, one for staff and one for faculty, would be formed to continue the dialogue.

Training and Compliance. Campus Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Manager Chris Rock spoke about new Massachusetts regulations regarding fork lift and hoist operators. He is working with Medford EHS to develop a training program for Cummings School.
Staffing. Medical Director Ginny Rentko noted that there are currently 20 open positions in the hospitals. Dr. Rentko has engaged HR staff to help increase understanding of the hospital’s special needs and is committed to filling positions as quickly as possible.

Development of the state budget, including the Cummings School appropriation, is in process. A final budget will be approved sometime in June.

Commencement. We are very pleased to announce that Bill and Joyce Cummings will be joining us for the Grafton graduation ceremony at 3:00 pm on May 17th. They will help celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the veterinary school bearing the Cummings name.
Zoobiquity Boston 2015 was a success thanks to the good work of Cummings staff and faculty (see article below).
Foster Hospital for Small Animals renovations are ramping up. Some offices and activities will begin moving into auxiliary trailers in June.


The autopsy service has returned to afternoons. Submissions arriving before 1:00 PM will be processed that day. Submissions arriving after 1:00 PM will be processed the next working day except by prior arrangement.

Zhang S, Lee DS, Morrissey R, Aponte-Pieras JR, Rogers AB, Moss SF. “Early or late Antibiotic Intervention Prevents Helicobacter pylori-induced Gastric Cancer in a Mouse Model.” Cancer Lett. 2015 Apr 10;359(2):345-51.

Student Research Training: Alexandria Hicks-Nelson and Rachel Madenjian, V17s, have been admitted into the MS in Comparative Biomedical Sciences Program for the 2015-16 academic year. Their mentors will be Dr. Ben Nephew (Biomedical Sciences) and Dr. John Mandelman (New England Aquarium), respectively. Their traineeships will be supported by bridge funds from the Office of the Director at the NIH where our Master in Comparative Biomedical Sciences training program (directed by Dr. Bob Bridges) has been supported in the past.

Dr. Arlin Rogers represented the American College of Veterinary Pathologists at the Experimental Biology meeting in Boston, MA, March 28-April 1.

Dr. Sawkat Anwer visited the School of Veterinary Medicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona on April 16.


Congratulations to Dr. Suzanne Cunningham and her husband, Brendan Hannigan, on the birth of their son, Jacob Roger, on April 6.

Alario AF, Pirie CG. “Fluorescein Gonioangiography of the Normal Canine Eye Using a dSLR Camera Adaptor.” Res Vet Sci. 2015 Mar 18. pii: S0034-5288(15)00090-9.

Majoy SB (former resident), de Laforcade AM, Barnard MR, Shaw SP (former ECC faculty). “Platelet Activation in a Population of Critically Ill Dogs as Measured with Whole Blood Flow Cytometry and Thromboelastography.” Am J Vet Res. 2015 Apr;76(4):328-37.

The American Society for Nutrition scientific sessions were held in Boston, MA, March 28-April 1. A two-hour session on One Nutrition was presented by Drs. Deborah Kochevar, Lisa Freeman, Deborah Linder, Kathryn Michel V83 (University of Pennsylvania), Jan Suchodolski (Texas A&M), and Simin Meydani (Director, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University).

Dr. Melissa Mazan visited the American Fondouk in Fes, Morocco from March 16-23 to teach and acquire data for a Tufts Innovates grant. Dr. Mazan was also a keynote speaker for the Equine Sports Medicine Conference at the Institut National du Cheval Dar Essalam in Rabat, Morocco, giving three hours of talks on, “Upper Airway Abnormalities in the Horse,” and, “Gastric Ulceration in Performance Horses,” as well as overseeing a wet lab for upper airway endoscopy of the horse.

Dr. Alicia Karas presented, “A Cross Species Conceptual Framework for Assessing Pain and Distress in Animals – Enriched Lives are the Key,” at the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research’s 7th Annual Laboratory Animal Enrichment Symposium in Newton, MA, on April 9.

Dr. Mike Kowaleski attended an international board meeting for AO VET on April 14, in Boston, MA. On April 15 Dr. Kowaleski traveled to Columbus, Ohio where he attended the AOTK Small Animal Working Group Meeting (SAWG), serving as chair. On April 16-19, he served as course chair, invited speaker and laboratory instructor for the AO VET Advanced Techniques in Fracture Fixation.

Dr. Mike Kowaleski traveled to Cremona, Italy from April 23-25 where he served as course chair, invited speaker, and laboratory instructor for Biomedtrix Universal Total Hip Replacement and Micro/Nano Total Hip Replacement Courses.

Dr. Andy Hoffman attended the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV2015) in Washington DC, April 23-25, and presented two posters on behalf of Drs. Kristen Thane and Vicky Yang.

Cummings School was very well represented at the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum in Nashville, TN, April 14-17. There were 12 participants from the school, including Drs. Lluis Ferrer, Andy Hoffman, and Andrea Lam, our two dermatology residents Drs. Elizabeth Falk and Christine Zewe, Dr. Stephanie Abrams from the Tufts VETS internship program, Elizabeth Hartner-Frigault a veterinary technician from Tufts VETS, and several students. The group presented three short communications in the scientific program and one poster, and Dr. Hoffman lectured in the advanced CE track. Dr. Hoffman presented a lecture entitled, “Salamanders, Stem Cells, and Skin,” on April 16.

Dr. Randy Boudrieau traveled to Columbus, Ohio April 16-19 for the AO North America (AONA) Advanced Techniques in Small Animal Fracture Management courses where he presented on: Arthrodesis of the Carpus; Techniques for ALPS Locking Plates; Fixation Plates for TPLO; Gunshot Fractures; various discussion groups (moderator); Laboratory Instructor and moderator for radiograph discussion groups.

Dr. Randy Boudrieau spoke on, “Innovations in Veterinary Orthopedics and Trauma,” at the 2015 KYON Symposium in Wellesley, MA, April 24-26.

Dr. Carl Kirker-Head presented a talk at the Orthopedic Research Society 2015 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV on April 30. He spoke on, “Orthopedic Research Animal Models Database,” a paper co-authored by students, Kevin Connolly, V16 and Vanessa Rubin, V17.

PI: Dr. Andrea Lam
Co-I: Drs. Chris Pirie and Alyssa Vincent
Title: “Prevalence of Allergic Conjunctivitis in Canine Atopic Dermatitis and Cutaneous Adverse Food Reaction”
Sponsor: Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology (CAVD)


A client education meeting took place at Grill 37 in Pomfret, CT, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. Tufts Ambulatory Service veterinarians Dr. Lindsay Philips talked about “Equine Vaccination: Why We Can Not Cut Corners” and Dr. Alfredo Sanchez-Londoño’s presentation was titled “Most Common Causes of Lameness in Horses.”


Widmer G, Cacciò SM. “A Comparison of Sequence and Length Polymorphism for Genotyping Cryptosporidium Isolates.” Parasitology. 2015 Apr 20:1-6.

Ras R, Huynh K, Desoky E, Badawy A, Widmer G. “Perturbation of the Intestinal Microbiota of Mice Infected with Cryptosporidium parvum.” Int J Parasitol. 2015 Apr 23. PubMed PMID: 25913477.

Drs. Felicia Nutter and John Deen (UMN) traveled to Washington, DC, for the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 Consultative Workshop on Preparedness and Response in a One Health Context. On April 25, Drs. Nutter and Deen gave an overview presentation on the USAID One Health Workforce Project. On April 26, Drs. Nutter and Deen hosted a meeting with more than 25participants from Central and Eastern Africa and South and South East Asia to discuss opportunities and challenges in university-government engagements to build One Health Workforce capacity.

Drs. Hellen Amuguni and Diafuka Saila-Ngita traveled to Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda from April 10-28 for the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 One Health Workforce (OHW) project. Drs. Amuguni and Saila-Ngita were part of a team from the University of Minnesota, Tufts University and One Health Central and Eastern Africa University Network (OHCEA) that visited network universities to introduce the OHW project and review the year one work plan.

Drs. Patrick Skelly and Akram Da’darah, “Functional Characterization of the Schistosome Tegument,” NIH, NIAID, R01, 5-years.

Dr. Sam Telford, “Meals, Ready to Eat (MRE) for Mosquitoes,” Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 1.5 years.

Dr. Gillian Beamer, “Genetic-based susceptibility to pulmonary tuberculosis”, NIH, NIAID, R21, 2 years.


The 7th annual interdepartmental staff retreat, sponsored by all four academic departments (DEPH, Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Sciences and IDGH) was held on April 1 at the Brigham Hill Community Barn in North Grafton. The focus this year was on Health and Wellness and Work/Life Balance. Guest session leaders were Adam Mintz from Tufts University Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and Janet Fontana from Marathon Health.


Animal Matters Spring 2015 Seminar Series. In conjunction with the American Society for Lab Animal Practitioners, presented Melinda Novak, MS, PhD, professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UMass Amherst on April 15 with “Stress, the HPA Axis, and Nonhuman Primate Well-Being.” Animal Matters also presented Nancy Gee, PhD, research manager in human-animal interaction at the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition on April 23 with “Animals in the Classroom: Research and Practice.”

Center for Shelter Dogs Director Dr. Emily McCobb and Associate Director Seana Dowling-Guyer presented at Tufts University’s Medford Campus on April 22. Topics included how behavior analysis can help shelter dogs, some of the Center’s programs for behavior modification in shelters, and the results of a research study investigating the effectiveness of one such program.

Dr. Allen Rutberg presented, “Exploring Deer Management Methodologies: Contraception,” and, “Municipal Examples of Deer Management: Contraception,” at the Strategies for Deer Management in Westchester Suburban Communities; Understanding Opportunities and Challenges for Your Municipality conference on April 30 in White Plains, NY.

The Center for Animals and Public Policy exhibited at the DCU Center in Worcester at the New England VegFest on April 26.


From the Office of the Associate Dean for Research:

Through the third quarter of FY 2015 (July 2014 to March 30, 2015) our faculty submitted a total of 83 grant applications to federal (42), state (0), corporate (11) and private nonprofit (30) agencies requesting an annual total cost of $47.82M. This total does not include a request to a private foundation for $3.5M in support of a building for the equine arena. During the same period, a total of 48 grants were funded by federal (18), state (0), corporate (11) and private nonprofits (19) for an annual total cost of $4.82M and indirect cost recovery of $1.09M. Note that there is usually a 6 to 9 month delay between application and funding decision.


Ben Sawicki MCM15 received a 2015 Tufts Institute for the Environment (TIE) Fellowship for work pertaining to his case study tentatively titled, “A Comparative Study of Marine Plastic Ingestion in Atlantic and Pacific Halibut.”

Brenna Pugliese V17 will be presenting her research titled, “Rehabilitative Legwear for Flexor Apparatus Injuries in the Horse,” Pugliese BR; Schad GA, Pflaster DS, Size KJ, Kirker-Head, C.A. at the 24th European College of Veterinary Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting in Berlin, Germany on July 2-4, 2015, and the 50th Annual American College of Veterinary Surgeons Surgery Summit in Nashville, Tennessee on October 22-24, 2015.  The research was sponsored by HOSSO, Inc. of Providence, RI.  Mentor: Dr. Carl Kirker-Head, Program Director: Dr. Bob Bridges

Gabriela Villanueva, DVM/MPH17, was awarded the 2015 Madoff Fellowship based on the merit of her summer project titled, “Evaluating the impact of a free spay-and-neuter program on sterilization rates and attitudes towards sterilization of cats and dogs in Samaná, Dominican Republic”. This is the second year in a row that the Madoff Fellowship was awarded to a DVM/MPH student. Last year Meera Sriram (V16) was the recipient for her project titled, Coxiella burnetii in Bulk Tank Milk and Raw Milk Consumption in Southern New England.  Program Interim Director: Dr. Marieke Rosenbaum

The following students in the DVM/MPH program attended the Zoobiquity Confernce: Stephanie Chubb V18, Kathy Lee V17, Daniel Mordarski V17, Amanda Nee V18, Shad Orechovesky V18, Hannah Siebens V17, Kenny Siu V18, Gabriela Villanueva V17, Ruairi White V18.


The Zoobiquity Boston 2015 Conference on April 25, was jointly provided by Tufts Clinical Translational Science Institute, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in conjunction with: Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute; Harvard Catalyst, Harvard Clinical Translational Science Center, and Harvard Medical School; UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science and University of Massachusetts Medical School; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Division of Comparative Medicine; Massachusetts Medical Society; Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association; and, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The conference brought together leading clinicians and scientists in both human and veterinary medicine to discuss the same conditions in a wide spectrum of animal species including people.

The morning began at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston where veterinarians and physicians paired up to discuss cases in the areas of obesity, autism, sports medicine and lymphoma. Following the morning program, conference participants boarded buses and traveled to Cummings School to participate in clinical rounds, led by Cummings School veterinarians. The afternoon session featured several veterinary cases with important comparative elements relevant to human clinical care. A reception in the Agnes Varis Conference center concluded the conference before participants boarded buses and returned to Boston.

The following is a list of speakers and their presentation topics.

“Personalizing Cancer Care for Pets and People,” Bruce Chabner, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Director of Clinical Research, MGH Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

Morning Case Presentations:

    • “Obesity in a 12-Year-Old Female Domestic Shorthair Cat and a 73-Year-Old Woman, “ by Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, Cummings School and Caroline Apovian, MD, Boston University School of Medicine.
    • “Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury in a 3-Year-Old Labrador Retriever and a 21-Year-Old Competitive Skier, “ by Randy Boudrieau, DVM, Cummings School and Paul Weitzel, MD, New England Baptist Hospital, Tufts University School of Medicine.
    • “Autism in a 15-Month-Old Male Bull Terrier and a 10-Year-Old Boy,” by Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, Cummings School and Jean Frazier, MD, UMass Worcester School of Medicine.
    • “Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma in a 10-Year-Old Female Boxer Dog and a 56-Year-Old Female Nurse,” by Kristine Burgess, DVM, Cummings School and Andreas Klein, MD, Director, Hematologic Malignancies Program, Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine.

Afternoon Rounds at Cummings School:

    • “Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in a 12-Year-Old Cat and Multiple Congenital Cardiac Defects in a 9-Year Old Golden Retriever,” by John Rush, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC, Cummings School and Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, Cummings School
    • “Severe Dental Disease in a 7-Year-Old Miniature Schnauzer (And Other Dental Challenges Across Species), by William Rosenblad, DVM, Angell Animal Medical Center
    • “Humeral Fractures in a Barred Owl and a Northern Saw Whet Owl: Restoring Flight to Wild Birds of Prey,” by Maureen Murray, DVM, Cummings School
    • “Inflammatory Bowel Disease in a 4-Year-Old German Shepherd Dog, Including Regenerative Medicine Therapies,” by Sarah Crain, DVM, DACVIM, Cummings School
    • “Exercise Intolerance in an 8-Year-Old Warmblood Mare,” by Melissa Mazan, DVM, DACVIM, Cummings School
    • “Atherosclerosis in a 30-Year-Old Hyacinth Macaw (and Other Exotic Challenges for Veterinarians),” by Jennifer Graham, DVM, DABVP, DACVZM, Cummings School
    • “Penetrating Trauma in a 6-Year-Old Mixed Breed Dog,” by Claire Sharp, BSc, BVMS (Hons), MS, DACVECC, Cummings School
    • “Cryptosporidiosis in a 3-Week-Old Lamb,” by John Pollock, DVM, Cummings School

Closing Remarks
Deborah Kochevar, DVM, PhD, Dean, Cummings School offered closing remarks along with Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Thank you to the faculty and staff who participated in planning, logistics and assisted with presentations. Thanks also to our One Health Students Emily Andersen V17, Isabel Francisco V18, Tess Gannaway V16, Kathy Lee V17, Amanda Nee V18, Sarina Selleck V17, Kaitlyn Shober V18, Casey Smallwood V18, Gianna Vannelli V18, and Victoria Warner V18. Special recognition goes to Dr. Lisa Freeman, Ms. Lori Muhr and Ms. Susan Brogan for all the work they did in organizing this event. We are also grateful to Morris Animal Foundation and Zoetis for their sponsorship of the symposium.


The Spring Diversity Event on April 27 highlighted various spring traditions from around the world. The event offered delicious, authentic international food, an interactive panel discussion and a fun scavenger hunt! Thank you to the members of the Cummings Hosts International (CHI), the Tufts Veterinary Council on Diversity and the Veterinarians for Global Solutions (VGS) for helping to plan an excellent event. Also, thank you to the panelists—Dr. Kirstin Bubeck, Dr. Justyna Jaskiewicz, and Ms. Julie Tzipori—for sharing your spring traditions with us.

CHI Spring Event - Food with Flag (3)

Dr. Bhaskar Chakravorti, Senior Associate Dean of International Business and Finance at The Fletcher School will be speaking on, “The Competitive Advantage of Diversity,” at noon on Friday, May 8 in the Varis Lecture Hall. Members of the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) will receive credit for attending Dr. Bhaskar’s lecture.



With gratitude, we announce the following new commitments of $5,000 or greater recorded in March:

    • $100,000 Financial Aid Initiative pledge from Shirley Shattuck Windsor Charitable Trust for the Shirley Shattuck Windsor Scholarship Fund to provide scholarship assistance to a deserving veterinary student in small animal medicine.
    • $20,000 gift from an anonymous charitable foundation to support the Cummings Veterinary Fund.
    • $15,000 pledge from Summer Star Foundation to provide funding to support collaboration between National Pingtung University of Science and Technology in Taiwan and its Institute of Wildlife Conservation and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Clinic and its Center for Conservation Medicine.
    • $10,000 gift from Dr. JJ Kovak McClaran, V98, for the Cummings Veterinary Fund.
    • $10,000 gift from Gabriel and Valerie Schmergel for the Cummings Veterinary Fund.
    • $2,500 pledge from Dr. Hugh Mainzer, V90, for the Cummings Veterinary Fund.

On April 27, the Cummings Advancement Team welcomed Heidi Charlebois, Assistant Director for Major Gifts, as a new member on our team. Heidi came to us from Habitat for Humanity Metrowest/Greater Worcester where she was director of development. Prior to Habitat, Heidi worked at United Way of Central Massachusetts where she started her career in development as a relationship and foundation manager. Heidi earned a bachelor’s degree at Bridgewater State University and a Master of Arts in International Development and Social Change from Clark University. In addition to donor outreach, Heidi is looking forward to making connections with members of the campus community. We hope that you will take the time to introduce yourself to Heidi, and share your background. Heidi’s campus extension is 87908. Email: Heidi.Charlebois@tufts.edu

The Advancement Team thanks Mary Anne McInnis, Director for Training, Learning and Development, for her organizational leadership, for liaising with the Cummings Advancement Team on a retreat held Friday, May 1, focused on setting “S.M.A.R.T.” goals for the FY16 performance planning cycle.

The Alumni Relations Team acknowledges hosts and volunteers who made three alumni gatherings successful in the month of April:

April 1 – Tufts Health Sciences Networking Reception in NYC
Thanks to panelist/speaker, Jonathan Epstein V02, MG02 for his participation in a cross-school health sciences networking reception hosted at the Bank of America Tower.

April 9 – Alumni and Student Networking Night in Westborough
After a postponement from February due to inclement weather, the Tufts University Veterinary Alumni Association (TUVAA) in partnership with the Cummings Support Center and the Office of Alumni Relations hosted an annual “winter” alumni and student networking night at The Grille restaurant at Westborough Country Club.

April 18 – TUVAA Red Sox Outing
Cheers to alumni and students who came together at Fenway Park on Saturday April 18, to see the Boston Red Sox play the Baltimore Orioles. Though the home team lost, an enjoyable time was had by all who attended.

Email Johanna Mawson, johanna.mawson@tufts.edu, to inquire about any of the alumni activities listed above.


Eleven Daisy Scouts from Westborough came to visit our campus on March 3. The group was hosted by Pamela Bay V18, who gave them a tour of our farm. Pamela was pleasantly surprised by the Daisy troop’s enthusiasm and interest in the tour despite the cold weather. All of the girls really seemed to love seeing the farm animals and were lucky enough to witness a just-born calf at the cow barn. They were inquisitive and excited and Pamela felt like they appreciated the chance to see the different animals and get to learn a little bit about each of them. A few even seemed to be inspired and interested in pursuing a veterinary or animal-related profession!

A group of students from the Douglas Middle/High School came to visit our campus on April 14. The group was greeted by Sherry Castonguay and Kim Flink, who took them on a tour of our lab animal facilities. The students were excited to see the rodents, dogs, sheep, alpacas, and goats and had lots of great questions about how we care for the animals. After a visit to meet some chickens, Scott Brundage gave the group a ride to the farm in the hay trailer, followed by a tour of the farm. The visit was coordinated by Amy Rohald, Community Outreach Liaison, and Danielle Buczek, Director of Special Programs.

Louis Lung, the coach and teacher of the Westboro High School FIRST Robotics Team 4048 (Redshift) shared the good news that their team competed in the FIRST 2015 World Championship, an international robotics competition, in St. Louis, MO, April 22-25. Twenty students made the trip to St. Louis (during April vacation) to join 599 other teams from around the world. Team 4048 (Redshift) was a recipient of a 2014 Cummings School Service Fund grant.

Members of the Tufts University Chaplaincy joined us for a Lunch and Learn conversation on April 14 to discuss the intersections of spirituality and veterinary medicine. Chaplaincy team members University Chaplain The Reverend Greg McGonigle, Protestant Chaplain Marcia Chanta Bhan, Catholic Chaplain Lynn Cooper, Muslim Chaplain Celene Ibrahim-Lizzio, along with Program and Outreach Specialist Zachary Cole, shared their experiences and led a conversation about the place of spirituality and philosophy in our lives as a student, faculty member, or staff person.

diverse clergy panel


Tufts Wildlife Clinic:
I would like to send a donation in memory of a raccoon that was left for dead on the side of the road. He had apparently been hit by a car and nobody felt it important to do something for him even though he still had life in him. I brought him to you and you attempted to do what you could for him. His internal injuries were too severe and he had to be euthanized.

This is not my first dealing with your faculty. I have brought many injured animals and reptiles to you for your care. Some have made it and some did not. Together we gave them all a chance and that is the most important part of the story. Somebody cared in their time of need.

Keep up the great work and thanks for your ongoing compassion!

Dear Dean Kochevar,
As you know, Dr. Dominik Faissler is a very talented and world-class neurosurgeon. What was the unexpected treasure was my interaction with your senior student, Kelsey McKenna [V15]. I work with the Harvard surgical/ICU residents as an anesthesiology attending, so I think I can spot an ace. Kelsey was so very kind, knowledgeable, and articulate. When [our dog] had a horrible protracted and rocky recovery, she visited him off shift and hand fed him meatballs. She even showed me update videos and called consistently. In short, she embodied what I consider a healer or doctor should be. The stress of my work and a sick dog was greatly alleviated by her compassion. As a senior attending in the human world, I was pleasantly surprised to learn from a young veterinarian. Her grace and warmth serve as a reminder as to how we should treat our patients and their families.

Dear Dr. Alfredo Sanchez-Londono, Students, and Staff at Tufts Ambulatory,
We would like to thank you ever so much for your compassion on the day we lost [our horse]. As always, Dr. Sanchez was level-headed but gentle, and his students were most helpful and empathetic. Although these times are always rough, losing him was particularly difficult for me, as he has been a part of my life for 25 years or so. Again, thank you.

Note from a referring DVM:

Dr. Valerie [Nesser],
I want to thank you for the time you spent with my clients and patient. It was evident during our conversation yesterday evening that you devoted yourself to the client and their difficult situation. When I was speaking with you, I felt as if this was the only case you had seen that day and the dog’s care was your highest priority.

As a referring doctor it is this type of care that makes me continue to recommend to my clients that they travel the extra time to Tufts. I know that their pets will get the best care, my clients will get the support they require with these more difficult cases and I will be kept informed as to their progress. Speaking with you and getting your message this morning only reinforces this.

The extra attention you gave to the family yesterday and today made this extremely difficult situation for them, and for me, a little easier.

Hi Kayla [Connor],
My dog went to heaven today. I am quite heartbroken, but very happy for her. Please tell Cindy Borjes for me. You both are such beautiful people. Dr. Lilian Cornejo was wonderful today, as was Shira Feinstein [V15]. Thank you again. You and Cindy are fantastic!!!!

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