Dr. John Berg named faculty emeritus
Distinguished professor John Berg was presented with a faculty emeritus certificate.
A Q & A with professor emeritus John Berg
Berg joined Cummings School in 1986 and served the institution for 35 years as a gifted leader and teacher. He led the Department of Clinical Sciences as chair for 13 years, received five teaching awards, was selected as the commencement or white coat ceremony speaker three times, and was inducted into the Tufts University Veterinary Alumni Association Faculty Hall of Fame in 2015. He also published and presented widely in his field, and created more than 110 learning videos and online webinars that have remained popular among students and veterinarians.
Dean Cribb noted, “Dr. Berg is the type of individual that you want recognized as a professor emeritus. It is an honor for us, as well as recognition for him that he holds the rank of professor emeritus.”
Four faculty members receive awards for excellence
During the ceremony, four devoted faculty members were recognized with awards for excellence.
Ruth Marrion, a teaching affiliate in ophthalmology for the Department of Clinical Sciences, is this year’s recipient of the Henry E. Childers, D.V.M., Award, given “in recognition and with gratitude for sustained and extraordinary contributions to the education of Cummings School veterinary students by a part-time instructor.”
Dr. Marrion serves as a locum in the school’s ophthalmology residency and was nominated by seven students to receive this honor. As one student mentioned in a recommendation, “She showed patience and has shown a genuine interest in my future.”
Emily Tompkins Karlin, V08, assistant professor of Clinical Sciences, received the Artemis Award for Clinical Excellence, established by the Lazlo N. Tauber Family Foundation. Faculty are nominated by their peers and selected for their exemplary patient care, client communications, service, and professionalism.
Nominated by her peers for this award, Dr. Karlin joined the faculty in 2018 and prioritizes the patient experience, Dean Cribb shared. One client mentioned in an assessment of her care, “My mind is at ease knowing our dog was in good hands … I appreciate you explaining in detail the diagnosis and options. It left a lasting impression.”
John Rush, professor of Clinical Sciences, is this year’s recipient of the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award. It recognizes outstanding instructors who, through their ability, dedication, character, and leadership, contribute to the advancement of the profession. Students and faculty nominate highly respected colleagues for this prize.
A longtime faculty member, Dr. Rush teaches cardiology and mentors students in the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Dean Cribb cited an example of students attesting to his teaching skills. “I was always engaged on his service,” the student shared. “Dr. Rush makes you feel part of the team. He pushes us to grow and succeed and enhances our ability to be practice-ready."
Melissa Mazan, V93, professor of Clinical Sciences, received the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence, recognizing outstanding research effort in both the basic and clinical sciences, and highlighting productivity and innovative approaches to problem solving. Recipients are nominated by the faculty and selected by the Faculty Research Advisory Committee.
Dr. Mazan has published 11 papers over the past three years and recently worked with Dr. Kristen Wendell and a group of engineering and DVM students to build a functioning prototype to simplify measurement of airway resistance to help diagnose and assess response to treatment in horses with asthma.
Student Address by Lindsay Smith, V22
Selected by her classmates, Lindsay Smith, V22, presented the class address. She admired the perseverance and grit of her class after recalling the many challenges faced during the pandemic. “Vet school has taught us that there is always more to learn, and I hope that we continue to learn and grow in every dimension of our lives—as doctors and as human beings.”
Class Gifts Presented
For its Class Gift to Cummings School, the V22 Class will fund the soundproofing of a dog-run in the ICU to create a more quiet and comfortable environment for some of our more critically ill patients. “We hope this improves the quality of our patients’ time in the hospital and inspires further innovation in future patient care,” said Smith, Class Gift co-president.
The Class raised $620 with a class participation rate of 28 percent for the Class of 2022 Legacy Gift. Lauren Gawel, V22, a representative for the Legacy Gift committee, shared “We raised funds to revamp the Bumpus Student Lounge with comfortable pillows, a phone charging station, plants, and other necessities to create a student lounge environment conducive to restorative relaxation.” With Dean Cribb’s personal match, a total of $1,240 was raised to benefit future clinical students.
Faculty Address by Greg Wolfus, V98
Clinical Associate Professor Greg Wolfus, V98, was selected by the Class of 2022 to give the faculty address. He has directed Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic at Worcester Technical High School for 10 years. “Identify your strength and recognize the strength in others,” he said. “Learn to teach, to delegate, to help, and to show your vulnerabilities. But most importantly, be kind. Be kind to yourselves, to others, to animals, and please be as proud of yourselves as we are of you.”
Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) President Bonnie Smith led the graduating class in reciting the Veterinarian’s Oath, as each graduate professed as follows:
“Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.
“I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.
“I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.”
Phi Zeta Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine
Twenty-four graduates joined the Phi Zeta Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine. Inductees to this national society were selected from among the highest 25 percent of their graduating class. See a full list of graduates and those receiving honors in the 2022 Tufts University Commencement Program pages 77-79.
Honos Civicus Society
Eleven graduates were named to the Honos Civicus Society, recognizing graduating students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and civic engagement during their studies. Completion of an application is required for students to be considered among those who have good academic and professional standing, an outstanding record of professionalism and ethical behavior, and demonstrated leadership and dedication.
New Honos Civicus inductees are Lucy Devlin, Lisa Dixon, Alexandra Fielding, Sarah Frommer, Lauren Gawel, Meaghan Hanlon, Eden Hurlburt, Emily Koemeter-Cox, Kendall Leet-Otley, Carly Nangle, and Lindsay Smith.
Student achievement awards
At the Dean’s Dinner, held under a tent on campus May 20, graduating students received annual achievement awards. Thirty awards were presented, led by four graduating students—Peri Pelletier, Vanessa Silvia, Lindsay Smith, and Rita Wang—who each received two awards.