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news@CUMMINGS School is a monthly look back at news and accomplishments from across the campus. 


Dear Cummings Community,

The end of May saw a flurry of activity surrounding the V18 graduation. It started off with the Honos Civicus luncheon in Chinatown, quickly followed by the Dean’s Dinner, both providing a chance to recognize student achievements (see the list of award winners later in this newsletter). The Dean’s Dinner was particularly noteworthy for the vigorous applause given to each and every one of the award winners. Dean Kochevar also made a touching farewell to the class, which resulted in quite a few people having to surreptitiously dry their eyes. Friday was Class Day, in which the V18 students had one last chance (before graduation) to provide input on what the Cummings School does well and what might be improved. They expressed high praise for our Admissions interviews, and then asked for more training in finances (e.g. strategies for debt repayment) and dentistry (no big surprise there), expanded cafeteria hours, and a light where Wildlife Drive crosses Rt. 30.

Commencement 2018 dawned cloudy, but fortunately the rain held off until everyone was in the tent; including faculty members, staff, the excited graduates earning a DVM, MS, MPH, and/or PhD, along with their proud families. Executive Vice President Patricia Campbell brought greetings from the university and alum Dr. John de Jong, president-elect of AVMA, spoke on behalf of the trustees and our Board of Advisors.  We were also pleased to have representatives from organized veterinary medicine, including three of the six New England states, in attendance to wish the Class of 2018 well. Attendees included Dr. Al Andersen (MA), who also administered the veterinary oath, Dr. Aimee Eggleston (CT), Dr. David Stowe (New England Veterinary Medical Association), Dr. Sara White (VT) and Dr. Rich Heller (Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England).

Faculty awards went to Thomas Jenei (Artemis Award for Clinical Excellence), Dr Trish Oura (Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award), and Dr. Cheryl London (Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence.  Drs. Cheryl Blaze and Randy Boudrieau were honored for their new status as emeritus faculty members.  Dr. Charles Innis was given the Henry Childers Award, which is given to part-time instructors who have made extraordinary contributions to educating veterinary students.  Dr. Lois Wetmore, the faculty speaker, talked about the importance of work/life balance and techniques for avoiding burn out;  her speech was reported by the Worcester T&G.  Dr. Wetmore was followed by an emotional and moving speech by Molly Lawry, the designated V18 speaker. Many thanks to the Class of 2018 for its generous class gifts; these gifts were presented by Andrew Reicherter, Dominic Scaffa and Kaitlyn Shober.

Many are due thanks for their efforts to assure a smooth commencement event. Director of Admissions, Rebecca Russo, and her staff (Patty Finger, Danielle Buczek, Ford Barnet), Assistant Dean Barbara Berman and her staff (Sandy Gatley, Linda Mayo), Kristy Blackmer and Susan Brogan all played essential roles. Faculty participants were Drs. Nick Frank, Leslie Sharkey, Allen Rutberg, Chris Whittier, Abhineet Sheoran, David Lee-Parritz, Marieke Rosenbaum, Bob Bridges, Melissa Mazan and Nick Robinson. We also appreciated the good work of our Grafton teams including Scott Washburn, Tom Burrill and our facilities staff, Brian Gallagher and the custodial staff, John Mauro and Elm’s Café and Catering and Lieutenant Glenn McCune and our campus police officers. Steve Libuda and John Mapel provided the beautiful commencement platform flowers.

See photos from Cummings School Commencement 2018 here.

On the faculty side of things, you may not be aware that a Star has been born – actually two stars (Sam Telford and Cheryl London). Sam Telford had a prominent role in a recent NOVA episode about genetic engineering (“Can We Make Life – Advances in Genetic Engineering”). Sam and his MIT collaborator were featured for their attempts to genetically engineer mice that are resistant to infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, the cause of Lyme disease.  Check it out if you can.  I heard that Sam will have other camera men following him around this summer as he collects both mice and ticks.  There is even a rumor about an academy award for the Best Supporting Actor in a documentary (ok, now I’m just kidding).

Cheryl London was featured in a brilliant article in the Boston Globe magazine, highlighting the Cummings School’s clinical trials program and some of its early successes.  It is so gratifying to see a growing acceptance of spontaneous animal diseases as a model for human disease and potential treatments.  (More about this story can be found in the Cummings in the News section of this newsletter).


Dr. Joyce Knoll


In October 2018 Cummings School will be evaluated by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) as part of a regular cycle accreditation review. The maximum time period between site visits for fully accredited schools is 7 years and our last site visit occurred in October 2011.  As part of the upcoming review, a site team will visit Cummings School for four days to learn about our people, processes, programs, facilities and outcomes.

Our accreditation review begins with submission in August 2018 of a comprehensive self-study of the school based on the eleven COE standards. Preparation of the self-study report has already begun with lead authors and working groups organizing information on: Organization (Kochevar), Finances (McManus), Physical Facilities and Equipment (Poteete), Clinical Resources (Rentko), Library and Information Resources (Like), Students (Berman), Admissions (Tseng), Faculty (Pasquale and Knoll), Curriculum (Frank and Sutherland-Smith), Research (Anwer) and Outcomes Assessment (Frank and Wetmore).

We invite Cummings community to learn more about the accreditation process and to actively engage in preparing the school for evaluation and for the site visit. To that end, one standard will be explained in each of the upcoming e-newsletters.

Standard 8, Faculty

Faculty numbers and qualifications must be sufficient to deliver the educational program and fulfill the mission of the college. Participation in scholarly activities is an important criterion in evaluating the faculty and the college. The college shall give evidence that it utilizes a well-defined and comprehensive program for the evaluation of the professional growth, development, and scholarly activities of the faculty.

Academic positions must offer the security and benefits necessary to maintain stability, continuity, and competence of the faculty. Part-time faculty, residents, and graduate students may supplement the teaching efforts of the full-time permanent faculty if appropriately integrated into the instructional program.

Questions relating to Cummings School’s self-study report or the accreditation site visit should be directed to Dr. Susan Pasquale (Faculty Affairs), Dr. Nicholas Frank (Academic Affairs) and Dean ad interim Joyce Knoll. A school accreditation website is available at .

Thank you for embracing the opportunity to learn about veterinary accreditation and for helping Cummings School prepare for a productive engagement in the process.


Congratulations to the 2018 Tufts Distinction Award winners from Cummings School. They are: the Hospital Supervisors team: Kim Anaya, Jeannine Archer, Shari Beaudry, Gail Berthiaume, Cynthia Borjes, Jaime Bowman, Rebecca Clark, Stephanie Cote, Dorothy Dawson, Erica Fontaine, Jill Franko, Lauren Golato, Karen Monahan, Kelly Reed, Geralyn Schad, Sara Seremet, Nicole Swanson, Claire Willey. Also recognized, the Tufts at Tech Team: Jessica Grinnell, Pamela Houde, Kate Zukowski.

The Tufts Distinction Awards are a university-wide program to celebrate outstanding staff and faculty accomplishments outside of teaching and research. Thirteen individual recipients and three teams from across the university were honored as 2018 Tufts Distinction Award winners. A complete list of the winners, as well as the full list of this year’s nominees, is available on the Distinction Awards website.

These outstanding individuals will be recognized at the awards ceremony on June 12, at 11:00am. The 2018 ceremony will be held in the ASEAN Auditorium in the Cabot Center, located at 160 Packard Avenue on the Medford campus. A light buffet luncheon will follow the ceremony. As in past years, we will offer bus service from the Grafton and Boston campuses to the Medford campus on the day of the ceremony. If you would like to reserve a seat for transportation to and from the ceremony, please RSVP by June 6. Details about transportation are available at:


Sarah Ducat, previously a histology technician trainee in our histology lab, successfully passed her HTL exam to become a Histotechnologist on May 15. Sarah is currently working for IDEXX as well as doing some temporary work in our lab.

Dr. Anika Toorie, post doc in Dr. Liz Byrnes lab, just signed a contract for a tenure tract position as an Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at the Rhode Island College. This is a nine-month appointment, which means that she will have time in the summer to come back to Cummings School and continue her collaborations with Dr. Byrnes.

Dr. Alex Hicks-Nelson V18 successfully completed the defense of her thesis project titled, “Transgenerational social stress alters social behaviors and immune responses in rats,” for the Masters in Comparative Biomedical Sciences. Her work was mentored by Dr. Ben Nephew and Dr. Gillian Beamer was the chair of her thesis defense committee. Alex graduated with three degrees on May 20: DVM, and masters in Lab Animal Medicine and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. She will be moving on to a Lab Animal Residency at Stanford University.

Dr. Chris Schonhoff got some words of high praise for his role as instructor and course director for the second year veterinary course Organ Systems Structure and Function II.

Hi Dr. Schonhoff, I just wanted to thank you for all of the time and effort you put in to our class this year. It was really great working with you, and I know our class has so appreciated your humor, understanding, and support of our overall welfare. I definitely got a lucky VERC rep draw!

Drs. Sam Jennings and Nick Robinson were also given student praise for the work they invested into a total over haul of the Veterinary General Pathology course and for their effective presentation the revised content.

As our first year comes to a close, I just wanted to extend some words of thanks for all you have have done to make General Pathology a fantastic course. Gen Path has been an inspiring confluence of things we have learned and hands-on clinical applications, and I have found each session to be uniquely empowering. I am amazed by how you work so hard to continuously improve the course and challenge us as students, even alongside your incredibly busy lives as clinicians. Moreover, the way you have invited us to come and learn more and the way you have added explanations for us when you notice we are at path rounds is extraordinary. On behalf of all the V21s, we appreciate you and are deeply grateful for the learning opportunities you have created for us.

Chris Schonhoff served on a plenary panel at the Tufts 31st University-wide Teaching Conference entitled, “Motivation and Engagement in Teaching and Learning” on May 22 at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy on the Medford Campus.

Drs. Liz Byrnes and Fair Vassoler attended the Boston Area Neuroscience Group: Neuroscience for the People at Northeastern University on May 8. This three-hour interactive session provided an excellent opportunity to network with local neuroscientists who excel in various forms of neuroscience outreach. Topics for discussion included community and public outreach and public policy.


Congratulations to Dr. Jenni Grady who was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor this month. Dr. Grady works in the ever-busy Tufts@TECH clinic at Worcester Technical High School.

Congratulations to Drs. Randy Boudrieau and Cheryl Blaze who were awarded the Emeritus Certificate at the graduation ceremony on May 20 in Grafton.

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Jenei who was awarded the Artemis Award for Clinical Excellence; Dr. Trish Oura who was awarded the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award; and Dr. Cheryl London who was awarded the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence.

Dr. Michael Kowaleski traveled to the Biomedtrix Universal Total Hip Replacement course May 4-5 in Cremona, Italy, where he was course chairman, a speaker and lab instructor. He also traveled to the Biomedtrix Total Joint Conference from May 18-19 held in Chicago, IL, where he was an invited speaker and discussion panelist.

Dr. Randy Boudrieau traveled to the 2018 Total Joint Conference (BioMedtrix) in Chicago, IL, from May 18-19.

Dr. Megan Mueller traveled to the “Animals on the Mind: Neurodiversity” conference at the University of Denver, in Denver, CO, May 3-4.


Dr. Angie Warner was elected to the Cummings School Faculty Hall of Fame at the 32rd Annual Veterinary Alumni Reunion. Angie joined the Cummings School administration as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2003 and retired from that position in 2017. During that time, she was involved in curriculum evaluation and revision, academic advising of DVM students, and oversight of graduate and combined degree programs and admissions at Cummings School. Angie has been teaching respiratory physiology and pathophysiology at Cummings since 1987. She established the MS in Laboratory Animal Medicine and is a core faculty member of the program. Her exceptional skills as a lecturer and the clear concern and love for the students she educated has earned her lasting respect and admiration from those she has taught. Dr. Warner is pictured right, receiving the award from TUVAA President Katie Holms V13.

Mr. Garth Miller was promoted to Farm Manager. Garth has been at Tufts since 1982 and is experienced with all aspects of farm management. Garth will lead and coordinate farm teaching, production and research activities to the high standard for which we are well known. Garth will also assist faculty and outside investigators to further develop the Farm as a research resource. The Farm Manager reports to Dr. White, Farm Director.

Dr. Lindsay Philips was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor following a national search. Dr. Philips joined TVFS following graduation from Tufts in 2014 to support Dr. Brendan McMullan’s studies on improved treatment for calf diarrhea. Dr. Philips is a talented dairy practitioner with diverse interest and experience with all species and a special interest in farm animal welfare. She directs the Farm Animal Welfare module in the MS in Animals in Public Policy and participated in the OIE International Twinning Project at Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Science University in Bangladesh in 2016.

Dr. Erin King was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. King is a 2015 Cornell graduate and joined TVFS in 2016 following one year of private practice in New York State. Dr. King received a Tufts Educational Seed Grant in 2017 to develop Spanish language training tools to improve on-farm training of Spanish-language farm workers in husbandry and management skills. Dr. King is co-course director of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery with Dr. Craig Embree and of Farm Animal Welfare with Dr. Lindsay Philips.

We look forward to having recent Cummings School graduate Dr. Ruairi White join TVFS as Intern in June. Ruairi earned a DVM/MPH degree and received the Sylvia Mainzer Public Health Achievement Award at the Dean’s Dinner.

Markham Starr, a documentary photographer focused on the working cultures of New England, met with Dr. Kevin Lindell and students from TVFS to film, “Life of a Dairyman,” at the Woodmansee farm. Clark Woodmansee, along with his son, own and operate a family-owned dairy farm in Preston, CT. With only just over 100 dairy farms left in the state, their ability to survive springs from both their determination and efficiency. In this film, Clark discusses just what it takes to get a gallon of milk to our tables and the many challenges they face in a society that has left its agricultural roots in the past. The film will go to the Library of Congress in the Folklife section as a permanent record of life in New England.

Ms. Carlee Morin joined TVFS as Veterinary Assistant in April. Carlee grew up with farm animals and has several years of veterinary technical experience at Brooklyn Veterinary Hospital and Woodstock Veterinary Clinic. Following her orientation, Carlee will support front office, clinical and laboratory activities.

Dr. Angeline Warner received a 2018 Tufts Teaching Seed Grant with Dr. Ginny Rentko and Ms. Elizabeth Timledge entitled, “Use of Equine Assisted Learning for Stress Reduction in Veterinary Students.” Equine-assisted learning is an intervention that has been developed to improve confidence, self-assurance, non-verbal communication, focus, mindfulness, and coping strategies in populations of students, medical students, corporate groups, and career professionals. The PI’s will use the Cummings School equine teaching herd to develop a pilot equine-assisted learning course to be offered as a selective to veterinary students during the 2018 fall semester.

Dr. Alfredo Sanchez received a Cummings Research Seed Grant (with Dr. Nick Frank) entitled, “Adrenocorticotropin Hormone (ACTH) Response in Miniature Horses after Administration of Three Different Dosages of Thyrotropin Releasing Hormone (TRH).” The purpose of the study is to validate and optimize in Miniature horses the thyrotropin-releasing hormone stimulation test for diagnosis of pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction. The grant was approved in 2017, with a deferred start date until April 2018.

Ms. Nadine Miller, Lab Animal Technician from LAMS, attended the AALAS Quad Symposium on April 26 in Mashantucket, CT. Quad is a two-day conference that includes guest speakers, vendor displays, and networking opportunities for Lab Animal Technicians. It is offered to the four AALAS branches in the Northeast. The theme this year was, “The Next Generation of Heroes in Science.”

The memorial service for the teaching horses was held in the LAMS memorial garden this month. Mr. Eric Richman, Hospital Social Worker, coordinated the service, with contributions from many HLA and LAMS clinicians and staff. We hope to have a memorial service for research animals later this summer, and expect both to be annual events. Many thanks to LAMS staff and Facilities for replanting and mulching the garden and installing the memorial bench.


Leibler JH, Robb K, Joh E, Gaeta JM, Rosenbaum M. Self-reported Animal and Ectoparasite Exposure among Urban Homeless People. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Volume 29, Number 2, May 2018, pp. 664-675.

Influenza Virus in Boston’s Urban Rodents. PI: Jonathan Runstadler; Co-Is: Marieke Rosenbaum; Nichola Hill. Grantor: Tufts CTSI Pilot Grant.

Use of third generation portable sequencing technology to facilitate rapid in-field detection of viral transmission between humans and primates involved in the Peruvian wildlife trade. PI: Marieke Rosenbaum; Co-Is: Jonathan Runstadler; Janet Forrester (TUSM); Evan Johnson (BU); Patricia Mendoza (UMSL). Grantor: Tufts Collaborates.

Drs. Patrick Skelly and Akram Da’dara received an R21 award from the NIAID, NIH entitled: Tegumental acetylcholinesterase as a therapeutic target for schistosomiasis.

Improving the Indonesia One Health Laboratory Network (OHLN) – Year 2. US Department of State Biosecurity Engagement Program. May 2018-March 2019. PI: Saul Tzipori. Co-PI: Felicia Nutter. Indonesia One Health University Network. $341,821.

Dr. Julie Ellis, Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative (NWDC), and Dr. Krysten Schuler (Cornell Wildlife Health Lab) organized a special symposium, “Ongoing and Emerging Threats to Wildlife Health in the Northeast,” at the 74th Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference April 15-17 in Burlington, VT. Topics included New York’s moose population health, sources of mortality in Bald Eagles, diseases in Canada lynx in Maine, hemorrhagic disease of deer, and discovery of a divergent clade of canine distemper virus in mesocarnivores in New England.

Dr. Julie Ellis and Walt Cottrell (NWDC), along with David Needle (NH Veterinary Diagnostic Lab), gave a training workshop on field necropsy techniques to biologists at MassWildlife headquarters in Westborough, MA on May 17. Eight biologists from the MA Department of Fish and Game and two from the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection participated in the workshop.

Dr. Chuck Shoemaker traveled to Seattle, WA, from May 21-24. During the time in Seattle, he visited with Program Officers at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on May 22 to provide an update on a funded project. Dr. Shoemaker also visited Lumen Biosciences on May 22 where he gave a presentation entitled “Camelid sdAbs as versatile components of anti-infective agents for enteric diarrheal pathogens.” On May 23, Dr. Shoemaker was invited to visit InBios Inc. and gave a presentation entitled, “Camelid VHH-based neutralizing agents (VNAs) as unconventional and versatile disease therapeutics.”

Dr. Patrick Skelly presented a talk entitled, “Schistosome tegumental proteases,” at the Symposium for International Research and Innovations in Schistosomiasis (SIRIS) at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on May 23.

Dr. Akram Da’dara presented a talk entitled, “Targeting polyamine uptake as a novel therapy for schistosomiasis,” at the Symposium for International Research and Innovations in Schistosomiasis (SIRIS) at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on May 23.

Drs. Hellen Amuguni and Jeff Griffiths traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to facilitate a five-day curriculum development workshop from April 30-May 4. The workshop was held to begin the process of developing new MSc courses in Infectious Disease and Global Health.

Dr. Amy Lischko traveled to Vietnam to teach in the Master of Public Health program at Hanoi Medical School from May 7-18.

Dr. Stanley Fenwick traveled to Cambodia from May 20-27 to conduct a seminar on One Health Approach to 200 second-year students from Royal University of Agriculture, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Drs. Diafuka Saila-Ngita and Linda Jarvin traveled to Cameroon to conduct a workshop at One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) – Cameroon to integrate One Health materials into existing courses taught in health science programs from May 21-26.

Drs. Hellen Amuguni, Diafuka Saila-Ngita and Theresa Sommers traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to participate in the OHCEA Year 5 Regional Work planning meeting from May 28-30.

Dr. David Krucik, VG16, V20, won second place at the 2018 International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine conference, in the veterinary and graduate student category for presentation of his paper titled, “Gene expression as a measure of immunocompetence in northwest Atlantic gray seals (Halichoerus grypus) on Cape Cod.” David Krucik, Ebru Unal, Wendy Puryear, Tracy Romano, Johnathan Runstadler, and Felicia Nutter.


On May 7, current MAPP students in the Research Track gave their Research Project Proposal presentations and students in the Applied Track announced their Summer 2018 Externships.

MAPP Research Proposal Presentations:

  • “Alternatives for Learning About Wildlife in Captive Settings ” by Jessica Baldeck
  • “An Analysis of the Role of Beliefs, Social Identity, and Demographics on Seal Tolerance on Nantucket, MA” by Bethany Beauregard
  • “Chew on this: Evaluating Welfare in Giraffa Camelopardalis Feeding Encounter Programs” by Robin Kopplin
  • Do Humans Know They Are Animals? Exploring the Psychology and Behaviors Associated with an Animal Identity” by Leah Widdicombe

MAPP Summer 2018 Externship Announcements:

  • Taylor Adamski: WildEarth Guardians, Taos, NM – Wildlife Coexistence Campaign Intern
  • Chelsea Blink: Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, DC – Legislative Intern
  • Anité Casas: International Fund for Animal Welfare, Yarmouth, MA
  • Sophia Dalterio: Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, DC – Farm Animal Law & Policy Intern
  • Tyler Hazard: Compassion in World Farming, Decatur, GA – Public Engagement Intern
  • Nicole Le: Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, MA, Veterinary Science Internship
  • Colin McIntire: Humane Society of the United States (Massachusetts), Boston, MA – State Affairs Intern
  • Carly Mercer: Humane Rescue Alliance, Washington, D.C. – Education and Humane Law Enforcement Intern
  • Colleen Parker: Farm Sanctuary, Los Angeles, CA – Education and Outreach Intern
  • Alicia Pensarosa: Ocean Alliance, Gloucester, MA
  • Rafael Rabines: Berkshire Humane Society, Berkshire, MA
  • Johanna Rahkonen: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Mount Vernon, WA
  • Mikhaila Waldman: Critter Casting, Salem, MA – Intern
  • Jessica Weinstein: Brown University, Providence, RI – Animal Research Protection Program (ARPP) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Dr. Allen Rutberg presented, “The Lay of the Legal Land: Understanding the Legislative and Regulatory Framework that Governs Deer Contraception Products,” and “Deer Contraception with PZP: State of the Art,” on May 2 at the Urban Deer Fertility Control Workshop in the Tarrytown House Estate in Tarrytown, NY.  Kali Pereira VG17, Senior Wildlife Field Manager, The Humane Society of the United States presented “Applying PZP Vaccines in the Field: An Overview of Considerations, Methods and Tools.” More than 55 participants from across the United States attended to discuss the issue of urban deer fertility control planning, research and regulations.

Congratulations to the following students who received their M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP):
Emily Anderson*, Megan Ballou*, Mayra Bermeo, Meredith Blanchard, Ilana Braverman*, Cheyenne Carey, Pietro Castelli, Courtney Glotzer, Brianna Grant, Pallavi Kamath, Sharon Kuca, Lauren Lonski, Hailey Marcus*, Allison Martin, Stephany Ota, Savannah Verdon, Mara Walton, Maxine Young.*

*walked at the Commencement ceremony on May 20.


Class Day 2018, on May 18, was a relaxed day for the graduating class to come together and celebrate class achievements. Students learned about alumni benefits, strategies for getting a second job, or position after an internship, the importance of being involved with local and national veterinary organizations, and ways veterinarians can serve as leaders in their communities. Lunch with V18 graduating students was held in the reception tent set up for the graduation ceremonies and the following achievements were recognized:

  • Honos Civicus: Induction into this honor society (sponsored by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life) is based on cumulative civic service by a graduating fourth year student. This year’s inductees are V18s: Pamela Bay, Nicole Becich, Deirdre Craven, Stephanie Chubb, Jade Jerolmon, Andrew Reicherter, Maxbetter Vizelberg, and Victoria Warner.
  • DVM with thesis this year was awarded to: Alexandra Bemis, Giles Siddons, and Ruairi White.
  • International Veterinary Medicine Certificates were awarded to: Alyson Bradshaw, Isabel Francisco, Brittany Grenus, and Victoria Warner.

The following students were acknowledged for completing a combined degree program:

  • DVM/MS in Comparative Biomedical Sciences: Alexandria Hicks-Nelson, Rachel Madenjian, Kristy Meadows, and Brenna Pugliese.
  • DVM/MS in Laboratory Animal Medicine: Alexandria Hicks-Nelson, and Ellen Teng.
  • DVM/MPH: Stephanie Chubb, Amanda Nee, Shad Orechovesky, Kenneth Sui, and Ruairi White.

Students, faculty, staff, family and friends gathered at Cyprian Keyes in Boylston, MA, on May 16 to celebrate the accomplishments of the class of 2018. In addition to celebrating the contributions of all graduates, several were recognized for outstanding achievement in various specialty areas. Prior to the conferring of awards, Justina Bartling V18 lead the class in a heartfelt “Thank You” toast to Dean Deborah Kochevar.


Brittany Genus recipient of the Frank Zak, D.V.M., Food Animal Medicine Award. Sponsored by VSTONE. Presented by Dr. Richard Heller
J.D. Jerolman recipient of the Valerie Bates Humanitarian Award. Sponsored by VSTONE. Presented by Dr. Richard Heller
Gianna Gregory recipient of the E. & S. Windsor Scholarship. Sponsored by VSTONE. Presented by Dr. Richard Helle
Michael Avery recipient of the Elaine Arthur Wildlife Award. Presented by Dr. Florina Tseng and Elaine Arthur
Jacob Froehlich recipient of the Excellence in Student Video Award. Sponsored by Bayer Animal Health. Presented by Dr. Raymond Kudej
Christopher Lambert recipient of the American Association of Feline Practitioners Award. Sponsored by Andrea and Matt Eyles V05 in honor of Walter. Presented by Dr. Orla Mahony-Wages
Kenny Su recipient of the Jeff Proulx, D.V.M., Memorial Award. Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski
Sarah Schiff recipient of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society Award. Presented by Dr. Jay Gladden
Samantha King recipient of the Clinical Excellence in Anesthesia Award. Presented by Dr. Emily McCobb V00, VG02
Anika Farina recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation Merck Veterinary Innovation Award. Presented by Ms. Barbara Berman
Alicja Reczynska recipient of the Veterinary Cancer Society Award. Presented by Dr. Lisa Barber
Jacob Froehlich recipient of the ACVIM/Richard J. Sheehan, D.V.M., Equine Award. Presented by Dr Melissa Mazan
Brianna Molter recipient of the American College of Veterinary Radiology. Presented by Dr. Mauricio Solano
Amanda Nee and Ruari White recipients of the Sylvia Mainzer Public Health Achievement Award. Presented by Marieke Rosenbaum V14
Jane Waterfall recipient of the Irma E. Baron Humanitarian Award. Presented by Dr. Jessica Baron V87
Isabel Francisco recipient of the Sheila Moffat International Veterinary Medicine Award. Presented by Dr. Felicia Nutter V93
Julia Graham recipient of the American College of Veterinary Surgery/Simensen Award. Presented by Thomas Jenei
Isabel Francisco recipient of the Cummings School Large Animal Ultrasound Award. Sponsored by Universal Ultrasound. Presented by Dr. Wade Tenney
Dominic Scaffa recipient of the Craig Mabray V83 Leadership Award. Sponsored by V83 class. Presented by Dr. Mary Labato V83
Sarah Schiff recipient of the ACVIM Certificate of Clinical Excellence in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Presented by Dr. Mary Labato V83
Michelle Oranges recipient of the Dr. 4 Foot/Dr. 2 Foot Scholarship. Presented by: Dr. Richard Heller
Abigail Needleman recipient of the Dr. George P Faddoul Award. Sponsored by VSTONE. Presented by Dr. Richard Heller
Giles Siddons recipient of the American College of Veterinary Pathology Award. Presented by Dr. Nick Robinson
Jacob Froehlich recipient of the American College of Veterinary Surgery – Small Animal award. Presented by Dr. John Berg
Christopher Lambert recipient of the Zoological Companion Animal Award. Presented by Dr. Jennifer Graham
Brittany Colbath recipient of the Amelia Peabody Livestock Proficiency Award. Presented by Dr. Gene White
Casey Smallwood recipient of the ACVIM Certificate of Clinical Excellence in Small Animal Medicine – Neurology. Presented by Dr. Dominik Faissler
Megan Andreassi recipient of the American Animal Hospital Association Award for Proficiency in Primary Care. Presented by Dr. Greg Wolfus V98
Alexandra Hicks-Nelson recipient of the Tufts Lab Animal Award/American Society of Lab Animal Practitioner. Presented by Dr. David Lee-Parritz V83

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS presented by: Dr. Nicholas Frank. Cumulative GPA (3.96036-3.79768)

Stephanie Chubb
Maria Francisco
Megan Gibeley
Julia Graham
Victoria Harvey
Madeline Hirshan
Christopher Lambert
Kristy Meadows
Michelle Oranges
Samantha Sangster
Casey Smallwood
Catherine Stecyk
Elizabeth Wiley

Congratulations to awardees and to all in the Class of 2018!

The newest members of the Phi Zeta Alpha Beta chapter were inducted at an on-campus ceremony on May 15. Phi Zeta is the veterinary honor society and the event honored those veterinary students in the top 25 percent of the graduating class and the top 10 percent of the third-year class, as well as senior house officers. The 2018 Phi Zeta Alpha Beta chapter inductees are:

V18: Katherine Brytz, Lauren Carvalho, Stephanie Chubb, Isabel Francisco, Jacob Froehlich, Megan Gibeley, Julia Graham, Gianna Lynne Gregory, Evgenia Hadjinicolaou, Victoria Harvey, Roberta Hemmer, Madeline Hirshan, Christina Kinsella, Christopher Lambert, Katherine Lopez, Sarah MacKay-Montville, Kristy Meadows, Michelle Oranges, Brenna Pugliese, Alicja Reczynska, Samantha Sangster, Casey Smallwood, Catherine Stecyk, Brienna Tomlinson, Elizabeth Wiley.

V19: Alma Doran, Sara Doyle, Katherine Handley, Jessica Levine, Alexandra Nemeth, Krystle Schultz, Brittany Stamp, Alexandra Troiano, Jacqueline Webb.

Residents: Drs. Yoko Ambrosini, Kathryn Benavides, Nikki Licht, Jessica MacDonald, Elizabeth Parsley, Heather Spain.

Faculty: Drs. Ane Uriarte, Annie Wayne.

Vet Olympics 2018 on May 5 was filled with sunshine, laughter, great food and such talented teams! Twenty-three teams competed in events like relay races, a knockout tournament and tug-of-war. Even though everyone was a winner that day, first place was awarded to “The Baso-feels” (Tatyana Kalani, Evan Griffith, Amanda Johnson, Ryan Flannery, Greg Kidd, Elliot Grossman), second place was “Scranton Strangling Lipoma” (Joseph Collins, Mike Rocha, Joseph Belgrad, Omar Mahmoudian, Jonathan Sanchez, Erick Pereira) and third place was “Hemoglobin Trotters” (Sarah Wilson, Siena Mittman, Rachel Alionhart, Abby Brisbois, Andie Azofeifa, Cambrey Knapp). We also had a pet food drive and “Justice League” (Vishwa Rasania, Harris Fitzgerel, Caileen Moran, Ruthie Gertz, Hayden Zinchuk, Curtis Rheingold) brought the most pet food, which was donated to Worcester Animal Rescue League. Overall, everyone came together and enjoyed one another’s company, so it was a great success!


From the office of the Associate Dean for Research

The purpose of this award is to recognize a junior faculty member who is making excellent progress in establishing a research program of their own and to provide encouragement needed to become an established investigator. The award is specifically for a faculty member holding the academic title of Assistant Professor (includes research and clinical appointments) for not more than seven years.

Please consider nominating your fellow faculty member at Cummings School for this award by submitting a nomination letter (one paragraph is enough) including a recent CV of the nominee, if possible. The letter should include your reasons for nominating by addressing the following criteria:

  1. Research productivity (publications, extramural support, invited presentation, presentations in scientific meetings) commensurate to % effort devoted to research
  2. Impact of research in the chosen field
  3. Research mentorship of DVM student/residents/graduate students.

The nomination letter is due by August 10, 2018 and should be sent to Dr. Sawkat Anwer electronically.



A bequest allows donors to leave a legacy of support for scholarship, teaching and research. We are grateful for the generous commitments from Diane and John Roberts, Joan E. Murtaugh and the estates of Wilfred J. Brodeur, and Ruth Fahey.

Providing scholarship funds is a priority at Cummings School. We are honored to acknowledge Ed Gerstein for his continued support of the Oscar Gerstein Term Scholarship.

Larue and Lynda Renfroe, and board of advisor member Sean Padgett and his spouse Ann-Meg White donated to Cummings Veterinary Fund, which supports the greatest operational needs of Cummings School. Thank you all for your generous support.

Endowed funds are an investment in Cummings School that live in perpetuity. We are grateful for continued support to The Gertrude Lanman Endowed Fund for Companion Animal Health Research and for Dean Hoffman’s support in honor of his father, Bernard Hoffman, of The Bernice Hoffman Endowed Fund for Animal Health Research at Cummings School.

We gratefully acknowledge a donation from Merial LLC and Boehringer Ingelheim to the Veterinary Scholars Program. The growing recognition of animal and human health has created a special need to train veterinarians in research. This program is designed to expose talented veterinary students to opportunities in a research career.

To honor Deborah T. Kochevar’s leadership, Cummings School’s Board of Advisors is establishing an endowed scholarship in her name. We are extremely grateful to our advisors for their commitment and support of Cummings School.


Alumni Reunion
Alumni gathered together on May 12 at Cummings School to commemorate milestone reunion years, the Faculty Hall of Fame inductees, Outstanding Alumni winners, and the Class Giving Challenge. The evening was filled with camaraderie and the spirit of friendship as classmates gathered together from near and far to celebrate. Alumni donations in support of reunion funded a term scholarship, purchased spay/neuter simulators, honored the memory of classmates, and supported Cummings Veterinary Fund.


ACVIM Alumni Reception
Cummings School will host an alumni luncheon on June 15, 2018, 12:00-1:00 pm, at the Washington State Convention Center, Room 211, 705 Pike Street, Seattle, WA, 98101. Faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend and network with their fellow Cummings School colleagues. Kindly RSVP.

AVMA Alumni Reception
Cummings School will host an alumni reception at Next Door Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, Suite 100, Denver, CO, on Friday, July 13, 2018, 7:00-9:00 pm. Faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend and network with Cummings School colleagues. Kindly RSVP.

Tufts University Veterinary Alumni Association (TUVAA) is actively seeking alumni to volunteer for one of three committees, Professional Development, Career Mentorship, and Community Service (please view volunteer opportunities here). If interested, email The next TUVAA meeting will be September 12, 2018.

Stay up to date on the latest Cummings School alumni events here.


An in-depth Boston Globe Magazine cover story, which ran on May 20, 2018, highlighted Cummings School’s clinical trials program — including a promising new trial for sarcoma in dogs — the work of Dr. Cheryl London, as well as interviews with owners of three dogs in the sarcoma trial. This feature also explored the broader concept of comparative oncology, pulling in commentary from researchers and experts at prestigious institutions such as Dana-Farber and the National Cancer Institute. The full story, which includes bonus video interviews with Dr. London, Clinical Trials Intern Dr. Abbey Sadowski, and an owner whose dog is cancer free following the sarcoma treatment, is available online: And, as always, full clip reports are distributed monthly via the Grafton listserv, though you can find a selection of press clips at:


Thomas Finlay – Client Liaison – FHSA
Nidia Lopez – Client Services Assistant – FHSA
Anne Mandeville – Central Sterile Technician – FHSA

Welcome to all!


(November 2, 2017 Fall Faculty Meeting through May 31, 2018)

Dr. Lisa Barber to Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, effective March 1, 2018, with 3-year continuous term appointment.
Dr. Suzanne Cunningham to Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, effective March 1, 2018.
Dr. Dominik Faissler to Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, effective March 1, 2018, with 3-year continuous term appointment.
Dr. Carl Kirker-Head to Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, effective March 1, 2018, with 3-year continuous term appointment.
Dr. Michael Stone to Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, effective March 1, 2018.

Dr. Cheryl Blaze to Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences, Emerita, effective June 30, 2018
Dr. Randy Boudrieau to Professor of Clinical Sciences, Emeritus, effective April 1, 2018.

Dr. Elizabeth Martin, VMD, was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Sciences, effective January 15, 2018. Dr. Martin received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Dr. Martin completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Atlanta, GA; and a residency in small animal emergency and critical care at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists, Buzzards Bay in 2016.


The Library’s May display marked the end of the semester while also trying to lighten the students’ stress levels. A calendar noted exams, interspersed with [really!!] corny animal jokes and inspirational messages. We had a ‘joke of the day’, displayed our collection of stress toys and showed off humorous books in our collection. If you need a baaaahd joke, let us know.

The Library has gone to our summer opening hours. We are open Monday-Thursday from 8am-6pm and Fridays from 8am-5pm. If you need to use the library in the evenings or weekends, please give us a call or email library manager Betsy Like to make arrangements. Normal hours resume on August 20.


Asjah Fezio V21 hosted the Hudson Daisy Scouts on April 21. The group enjoyed a Pet First Aid presentation and case study questions. The group also went on a farm tour. They were very engaged, liked walking around the barns, and asked lots of questions about types of animals and care.

Rachel Prestigiacomo V21 hosted a Girl Scout troop from Grafton on April 29. The group had a presentation on Opportunities in Veterinary Medicine and went through in-depth case studies on canine tibial fracture and bovine milk fever. The group also enjoyed a farm tour, and especially liked looking at the sheep and cows and their calves.


SVF Foundation Annual Visitors Day is on June 16, 9:00am to 3:00pm – FREE ADMISSION. This is a family-friendly event that is fun and interesting for all ages. Learn about SVF Foundation at

June 19, opening remarks at 3:30 pm, Varis Lecture Hall, HLA.

President Tony Monaco will host the annual year-end celebration on the Grafton campus, June 21, Noon-1:30 pm, Agnes Varis Campus Center Lawn. Rain Date: Friday, June 22. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

June 28, 4:00pm, Varis Lecture Hall, HLA.

Hold August 29 from 4:00-7:00 pm for the annual campus-wide picnic, review of school activities and achievements and awarding of Cummings Exceptional Service Awards. Held at the Agnes Varis Campus Center, students, staff, and faculty are invited to enjoy good food, games and camaraderie. Families welcomed!

September 16 from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Thousands of people visit Cummings School’s beautiful campus each September to learn about the different aspects of veterinary medicine. This annual event is geared to people of all ages.

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