Fall 2016

Cummings Notables

News about faculty, students and alumni

300W_Cummings schoolElizabeth Byrnes, an associate professor of biomedical sciences, and Fair Vassoler, a postdoctoral fellow, in June co-chaired a symposium at the annual meeting of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society in Budapest, Hungary, that focused on adolescent drugs and stress.

José M. García-López, an associate professor and director of equine sports medicine and surgery, was featured in The Atlantic magazine article “What It’s Like to Be a Doctor for Sport Horses?” that highlighted the sports medicine and surgery service at Cummings School.

In August, the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians gave Terry Norton, V86, its Emil Dolensek Award in recognition of his work as the director and veterinarian for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The award, which is not presented every year, honors exceptional contributions to the conservation, care and understanding of zoo and free-ranging wildlife.

Martha Smith-Blackmore, V97, president of Forensic Veterinary Investigations, testified at the Massachusetts State House in support of legislation that would require owners and landlords of rented or foreclosed properties to check them for abandoned animals within three days after tenants move out. If abandoned animals are found, they must be reported to the local animal control officer or other authorities.

Top Stories

Back in the Saddle

A new world-class sports medicine complex at Cummings School keeps equine athletes at the top of their game

The Match Makers

How cutting-edge behavioral research is helping shelter dogs find their forever homes

From Classroom to Clinic

We asked five students from Cummings School’s Class of 2017 to tell us about the excitement, anxiety and pride of beginning their clinical rotations

Under Pressure

The first mental health survey of U.S. veterinarians paints a sobering picture: One in six has contemplated suicide. Why are these healers feeling so desperate? And what’s being done to help care for them?

Editor's Picks

A New Model for Vocational Ed

The nation’s first on-the-job veterinary assistant program trains high schoolers and vet students while delivering low-cost care

Betting the Farm

Fifty years ago, there were 1,600 dairy farms in Connecticut. Today there are 120. Those that remain are in a constant struggle for survival. Here’s the story of how one family farm, now in its fourth generation, is fighting to innovate and grow with the help of a Cummings School vet

Doggone DNA

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

Cardiac Repair Kits

People could benefit from stem cell studies of heart-valve disease in dogs

Drug Abuse and the Family Tree

Opioid use in adolescence may affect the health of the next generation and beyond

Gorilla Docs

Wildlife veterinarians work with their African partners to protect the endangered animals