Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Records, 1969 -- 2016


Title: Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Records
Dates: 1969 -- 2016
Creator: Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Call Number: UA041
Size: 25.3 Linear Feet, 23 boxes and 1 oversize folder, 44 Digital Object(s), 33.68 Gigabytes
Language(s): English  
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The collection contains correspondence, publicity materials, reports, planning materials, minutes of the executive faculty board, masters theses, subject files, historical research material, and oral histories relating to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.


The collection is organized in nine series: Origins and planning; Office of the Dean, correspondence; Subject files; Programs and events; Executive faculty board minutes; Newspaper clippings and publicity materials; Masters theses; Additional accessions; and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine history.


Biographical / Historical

The School of Veterinary Medicine was established in 1978, opened in 1979, and graduated its first class in 1983. Established through the advocacy of President Jean Mayer, the school was unique in its affiliation to a health sciences complex rather than to a school of agriculture. The school is located on a 634 acre campus in Grafton, Massachusetts, site of a former state mental hospital. The school also shares facilities with the medical and dental schools on the downtown Boston campus, where vet students receive their first year of instruction in the basic sciences. Students at the veterinary school are exposed to care of all types of animals including food (cattle, sheep, swine, goat), fiber (sheep, llama), companion (dog, cat), and sporting (horse) animals. In addition, students are given the option of learning about care for wildlife through the wildlife medicine program. In addition to medicine, surgery, preventive medicine, and public health, the school also educates students about ethics, conservation medicine, and human-animal relationships.

Initial discussions on the establishment of a veterinary school were begun in the early 1970s as the absence of such a school in the New England region combined with a prediction of a nationwide deficit of veterinarians made the need apparent. After a variety of options were explored, including locating a school at the Otis Air Force base on Cape Cod, Tufts, under Jean Mayer's leadership, stepped forward to take the lead in the project. Richard B. Talbot, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was brought in as interim dean to oversee the startup of the school on a part-time basis. On April 29, 1978, the trustees voted to establish the school as part of Mayer's vision of an integrated "one medicine" program embracing the totality of medical, dental, veterinary, and nutrition education.

The school provides clinical facilities as part of the Tufts-New England Veterinary Medical Center, which includes the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, the Large Animal Hospital, the Cornelius Thibeault Equine Clinic, the Amelia Peabody Pavilion, the Issam Fares Equine Sports Medicine Program, the Harrington Oncology Program, and the Wildlife Clinic at Grafton, as well as the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, and the Ambulatory Farm Clinic based at Woodstock, Connecticut.

The degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) is the primary degree offered by the school, though since 1995 the school also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Animals and Public Policy. The school features several signature programs which offer specialized perspectives on veterinary sciences, including Wildlife Medicine, Equine Sports Medicine, International Veterinary Medicine, Ethics and Values in Veterinary Medicine, and Biotechnology and Veterinary Medicine.

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

University records are closed for 20 years from the date of their creation. Records older than 20 years that do not pertain to student education, staff and faculty employment and Board of Trustees records are open for research. This collection may require review before it is available for use. Please contact DCA for further details.

Use Restrictions

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see "Reproductions and Use" on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Copyright to all materials created by Tufts University employees in the course of their work is held by the Trustees of Tufts University.

Preferred Citation

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Records, 1969 -- 2016. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

Collection History

Processing Notes

This collection is partially processed.

Subjects and Genre Terms

Series Description

  1. Origins and planning, 1973 -- 1988

    This series contains reports and correspondence relating to the development of the School of Veterinary Medicine, including materials used in the feasibility study conducted by Arthur Anderson, Inc., and proposals for facilities in Grafton, Massachusetts. Most materials date from 1976 to 1980. Some of these materials appear to have been received from the office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, rather than from an office within the School of Veterinary Medicine itself. Other materials are of uncertain origin. In addition, reports such as the feasibility study and initial accreditation report, which pertain to the organization of the School and were found in early, relatively poorly organized materials as well as in later materials, are filed here. A copy of part of a Tufts University master's thesis (Factors in university decision Making: two studies) by Francine Trull and Bruce Cohen was originally part of the Russell Miller files on the School but was not retained; a copy is held in Tisch Library. These materials were received prior to 1997 and no clear record of origins and order is available.

  2. Office of the Dean, correspondence, 1979 -- 1998

    This series contains outgoing correspondence from the office of the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Includes the correspondence of Albert Jonas (dean from 1979 to 1981), W. Robert Cook (acting dean, 1981-82) and Franklin M. Loew (dean from 1982 to 1995). Materials date from 1979 to 1987.

  3. Subject files, 1969 -- 1986

    This series contains files primarily from the office of the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and relate to topics such as legislation, funding, and curriculum. While most material relating to the development and planning of the School are contained in series I, Origins and planning, this series also includes some information on the development of the school in the mid- and late-1970s. A copy of the report to the Visiting Committee (1981) was originally included in this collection but was removed as it is duplicated in Jean Mayer's presidential papers (Subject files, Veterinary School - visiting committees, 3-year plan). Some files are from the office of Irwin Leav, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and some materials received as part of Dean Albert Jonas' files appear to have been originally in the files of Tom Murnane, Special Assistant to the President.

  4. Programs and events, 1979 -- 1995

    This series contains clippings, programs, scripts and other materials pertaining to special events, including commencement, grand openings of buildings, and Equifest, held at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. These materials date from 1979 to 1995. Many of these materials were in boxes received prior to 1997 and the original order of the files cannot be assured.

  5. Executive faculty board minutes, 1985 -- 1988

    This series contains minutes of the executive board of the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine, from 1985 to 1988.

  6. Newspaper clippings and publicity materials, 1975 -- 1994

    This series consists primarily of newspaper clippings about the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, including its planning and development. Also includes press releases about TUSVM. Most materials date between 1976 and 1984, although there are some newspaper clippings from the early 1990s. Many of the clippings were originally housed in vinyl binders and were rehoused in processing with the original order maintained.

  7. Masters theses, 1996 -- 2016

    Theses submitted for the MS in Animals and Public Policy degree.

  8. Additional accessions
  9. Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine history, 1969 -- 2012

    This series contains material that documents the history of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, including archival material collected by Dean Loew, a history of the school by Joseph C. Donnelly, Jr., and oral history interviews conducted in 2012.

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