Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to Host 31st Commencement

May 16, 2013

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 NORTH GRAFTON, Mass.  – Some students from the Class of 2013 came to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University to pursue childhood aspirations, while others found their true passion of working with animals after having careers in law and business. While their personal paths may differ, 108 students will share the experience of having their dreams officially realized at graduation on May 19 at 3 p.m.

 Reflecting the diversity of programs offered at the Cummings School, one graduate will receive a master’s in comparative biomedical sciences, two will receive a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences, 13 will receive master’s degrees in animals and public policy, seven will receive master’s degrees in conservation medicine, and 85 will receive doctor of veterinary medicine degrees.  Of the D.V.M. candidates, four will also receive master’s degrees in public health, and three will receive a master of science in laboratory animal medicine, and two will receive a master of science in comparative biomedical sciences.

 The career tracks among graduates will also vary. Some will follow the traditional route of working at small and large animal clinics and hospitals. Others plan to use their degrees in the fields of public health, wildlife and conversation medicine, research and pathology.

 Kicking off commencement will be Cummings School Dean Deborah T. Kochevar, D.V.M., Ph.D., and Tufts University Provost and Senior Vice President David R. Harris, Ph.D. John H. de Jong, D.V.M., university trustee and member of the Tufts board of advisors for veterinary medicine, will also be greeting the graduates and their family members.  The student speaker will be Falon Gray, and the faculty address will be given by Raymond Kudej, D.V.M., Ph.D., associate professor of clinical sciences and board-certified small animal surgeon.

 Assistant Professor Sandra L. Ayres, D.V.M., and Professor Sam R. Telford III, S.D., will receive Zoetis Animal Health awards for distinguished teaching and research excellence, respectively. The commencement exercises will also feature the Artemis Award, which recognizes clinical excellence and was established by Trustee Emeritus Alfred Tauber, M.D. This year’s award will be given to Clinical Assistant Professor Orla M. Mahony, M.V.B.

 David Schwarz, D.V.M., owner of the Ashland Animal Hospital, will receive the school’s Henry E. Childers Award, which is given to part-time instructors who have made extraordinary contributions to educating veterinary students. Schwarz is also the president of the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team.

 Administering the Veterinarian’s Oath will be Kathy Reilly, D.V.M., immediate past president of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association.

 The commencement ceremony will be held on the Cummings School’s Grafton campus at 200 Westboro Road at the Agnes Varis Campus Center (building O on the campus map: http://vet.tufts.edu/tcsvm_campus_map.pdf). It will follow Tufts' all-university commencement ceremony to be held at 9 a.m. on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus (http://commencement.tufts.edu/).

About the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Founded in 1978 in North Grafton, Mass., Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is internationally esteemed for academic programs that impact society and the practice of veterinary medicine; three hospitals and two clinics that combined log more than 80,000 animal cases each year; and groundbreaking research that benefits animal, public, and environmental health.