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Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is extremely proud of the achievements and ongoing work of the faculty, staff and students performing research on our campus and internationally with investigators from other universities, teaching hospitals and industry. Our projects are producing advances that are improving the health of domestic and wild animals, people, the environment and the food we consume.

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  • Promising Experimental Drug Treating Dogs With Cancer WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) A clinical drug trial for lymphoma in dogs, currently enrolling at Cummings School, has shown promising results in the treatment of the disease. Drs. Cheryl London and Abbey Sadowski were interviewed for this story about how the treatment helped one local dog and how it might have the potential to help advance treatment ...
  • The War Against ‘Goat Plague’ NPR Goat plague (also known as peste des petits ruminants) eradication efforts by Cummings faculty member Dr. Jeffrey Mariner and collaborators at University of Florida. Read full article here: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/08/06/541138990/the-war-against-goat-plague
  • Tufts Researchers Find First Genomic Biomarkers in Extracellular Vesicles The article discusses a study by Vicky Yang, Andy Hoffman and others from Cummings School’s Department of Clinical Sciences that found important biomarkers in extracellular vesicles in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) and congestive heart failure.
  • Health and safety policies for therapy animal visits vary widely This article discusses a study from the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction on the importance of policies for therapy animals at hospitals, elder care facilities, and other organizations. (Cummings School study authors: Deborah Linder, Lisa Freeman, Megan Mueller, Debra Gibbs, Hannah Siebens—2017 DVM/MPH graduate)
  • ALS Treatment for Dogs Could Benefit Human Patients Researchers at Cummings School are working with leading ALS experts at University of Massachusetts Medical School to try to identify new therapies to treat Canine Degenerative Myelopathy, the dog version of ALS. In this NBC Boston story, researchers from Cummings talk about a current canine clinical trial and highlight one of the patients who ...

One Health Research

  • Benefits of Reading to Spot 08/03/2017 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - A child participating in a research study reads to a dog on August 3, 2017. Deborah Linder, Research Assistant Professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, is leading a project to study the effect of therapy dogs on the stress level of children working on reading skills.   (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University) CROP NAME OUT BEFORE USEIn a study, reading aloud to dogs improved children’s attitudes toward school books.
  • Can We Eradicate Goat Plague? 03/10/2017 - Dadaab, Garissa County - A refugee wipes the dust from his face as he herds his goats to graze in the early morning on March 10, 2017.  (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)A Cummings School researcher is looking to wipe out a viral illness that threatens endangered species-and the livelihoods of families in the developing world.
  • A Rescue Mission chimpopenerFor years, international organizations have turned to Jim and Jenny Desmond to care for primates in crisis and to track dangerous diseases. Now, they’re taking on their toughest challenge yet.

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Department of Biomedical Sciences

Department of Clinical Sciences

  • Benefits of Reading to Spot 08/03/2017 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - A child participating in a research study reads to a dog on August 3, 2017. Deborah Linder, Research Assistant Professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, is leading a project to study the effect of therapy dogs on the stress level of children working on reading skills.   (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University) CROP NAME OUT BEFORE USEIn a study, reading aloud to dogs improved children’s attitudes toward school books.
  • Promising Experimental Drug Treating Dogs With Cancer cancerdog_dozerWBZ-TV (CBS Boston) A clinical drug trial for lymphoma in dogs, currently enrolling at Cummings School, has shown promising results in the treatment of the disease. Drs. Cheryl London and Abbey Sadowski were interviewed for this story about how the treatment helped one local dog and how it might have the potential to help advance treatment ...
  • Tufts Researchers Find First Genomic Biomarkers in Extracellular Vesicles heartdiseasetufts-8212d362The article discusses a study by Vicky Yang, Andy Hoffman and others from Cummings School’s Department of Clinical Sciences that found important biomarkers in extracellular vesicles in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) and congestive heart failure.
  • Curiosity Saved the Cats Curiosity Saved the Cats_510x300_InteriorFinalThe untold story of how a small team of researchers saved the lives of millions of felines—and helped identify the cause of AIDS.

Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health

  • Can We Eradicate Goat Plague? 03/10/2017 - Dadaab, Garissa County - A refugee wipes the dust from his face as he herds his goats to graze in the early morning on March 10, 2017.  (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)A Cummings School researcher is looking to wipe out a viral illness that threatens endangered species-and the livelihoods of families in the developing world.
  • A Rescue Mission chimpopenerFor years, international organizations have turned to Jim and Jenny Desmond to care for primates in crisis and to track dangerous diseases. Now, they’re taking on their toughest challenge yet.
  • The Flu Hunters _Tufts-Flu Hunters-SpreadA new research team at Cummings School is racing to keep the world ahead of the next pandemic.
  • This vaccine just might stop Ebola from annihilating the great apes gorilla_1Every great ape species (other than humankind) is either endangered or critically endangered. There are 5,000 Eastern gorillas left on Earth.

Department of Environmental and Population Health