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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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  • Researchers find first genomic biomarkers in extracellular vesicles in veterinary patients July 14, 2017
    Study of canine mitral valve disease and congestive heart failure provides clues to target therapies in dogs and human mitral valve prolapse Researchers at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University have discovered important biomarkers in extracellular vesicles in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease and congestive heart failure. This is the first biomarker […]
  • Grant supports hands-on surgical and clinical veterinary training simulation lab June 26, 2017
    GRAFTON, Mass. (June 26, 2017) – Plans to create a new state-of-the-art simulation lab that provides hands-on surgical and clinical training to students at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University will take a major step forward thanks to a $100,000 Cummings Foundation, Inc. grant.
  • Could Therapy Animal Visitation Pose Health Risks at Patient Facilities? June 19, 2017
    Nationwide survey of hospitals, eldercare facilities and therapy animal organizations reveals gaps in health and safety policiesGRAFTON, Mass. (June 19, 2017)—A survey of United States hospitals, eldercare facilities and therapy animal organizations revealed their health and safety policies for therapy animal visits varied widely, with many not following recommended guidelines for animal visitation. The research […]

Cummings in the News

  • 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 ...
  • Meet the dogs with OCD This story on obsessive compulsive disorder features the translational work of Professor Emeritus Nicholas Dodman, former head of Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, on canine compulsive disorder (CCD). The piece references two related patient cases Dr. Dodman treated at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center and includes comments from Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil, current head of Tufts Animal Behavior ...

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  • 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.
  • Health and safety policies for therapy animal visits vary widely Penny Therapy DogThis 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 Greta_canine ALSResearchers 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 ...

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  • 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.
  • Fighting Canine ALS 170328_dogs_ALS_S Human patients could benefit from a study that's underway in dogs with a fatal paralytic disease A gene-silencing therapy under development for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is being tested at Tufts in dogs with degenerative myelopathy, a fatal paralytic disease that is similar to ALS. “If you look at the clinical progression , ...
  • Spotting Cancer Contrast agent liver imageSharper imaging would promote earlier diagnosis of malignancies

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