Tufts Vet School Gym

Last Updated on March 11, 2023 by

Our mission at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine located in Grafton, Massachusetts is to improve the health and well-being of animals and people and the environment in which they live. We do this through excellence and innovation in clinical service, research and teaching.  Our goals include:
  • Educate and motivate students to become leaders in veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences through programs(link is external) that are forward-looking, innovative and comprehensive.
  • Improve the quality of life for animals and provide health care(link is external) that is progressive, compassionate, and evidence-based.
  • Improve animal and human health by conducting the highest quality basic, clinical and translational research(link is external).
  • Promote the health of people, animals and ecosystems worldwide through advancement of One Health principles and encouragement of active citizenship.

The Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine located in Grafton, Massachusetts offers undergraduates enrolled at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst an opportunity to apply to the DVM program in March of their sophomore year.   A limited number of students are admitted, and upon acceptance, are guaranteed a space in Tufts veterinary school class after they graduate, if they maintain a minimum 3.4 GPA and take the required prerequisite classes.  To be eligible to apply, candidates for this program must be sophomores and must have completed a full year each of introductory biology and chemistry.  SAT scores will be evaluated in the place of GRE scores.  Freshmen contemplating application to the Early Acceptance Program are encouraged to speak with a pre-veterinary advisor about accruing veterinary medical related experiences.  If the applicant is not accepted, the applicant can make an appointment with a Tufts admission counselor in the summer to review his/her application, in order to strengthen it for the next round of veterinary medical school applications. Further information regarding this program can be viewed at the Tufts(link is external) web site.

Tufts Vet School Gym

All One Health Seminars

Students learn coping skills through seminars on topics such as mindfulness training, embracing stress, and time management.

Alpha Psi (Omicron Chapter)

Vet students participating in this professional fraternity build lifelong friendships and engage with faculty through a variety of social and community outreach activities.

Counseling and Support Services – Grief Counseling

Our licensed social worker is available to help navigate difficult decisions regarding your pet’s health or when dealing with the loss of a companion animal.

Cummings Fitness Center

We encourage all faculty, staff and students to make use of Cummings’ athletic facilities to enjoy the benefits of exercise and fitness with access available 24/7.

Cummings School Arts and Culture Council

If you dance, sing, make art, write, do improv, or have some other talent, join fellow students, staff and faculty as we engage in activities to share our home-grown talents.

Cummings Thrive

Student-led workshops offer veterinary students, faculty and staff a supportive community that helps them thrive in veterinary school and throughout their careers.

Finding Meaning in Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary students dealing with many similar issues and challenges openly share their experiences in small groups, helping to foster an environment of caring, support and trust.  

Grafton Green Team

Students, staff and faculty work together to affect change, educate the campus community about sustainable behaviors and implement projects aimed to protect the environment.

Healer’s Art

This selective course offered to 1st and 2nd-year veterinary students provides a foundation to help them cope with the mental health and well-being pressures of the veterinary profession.

Health and Wellness Programs for Faculty and Staff

A variety of health and wellness programs are offered as a part of our employee benefits to meet the health and well-being needs of our faculty and staff.

Mental Health First Aid Seminars

Faculty, staff and students are trained to proactively identify individuals in distress and ensure that they receive the support needed.

Pet Loss Support Hotline

Just a phone call away — veterinary students are available to help pet owners work through the heartache of losing a beloved animal companion.

Resources for Families

Cummings School is dedicated to providing students, faculty and staff with resources that help balance family life with professional and academic commitments. Visit the Parental and Family Planning Resources page for more information.

Talk One2One Student Assistance Program

Balancing life and school can get pretty stressful at times. Whether your daily challenges are routine or more urgent, your free Student Assistance Program is a valuable resource you can turn to. Talk One2One will… Read More

Tufts Veterinary Orientation Program

First-year students participate in Tufts Veterinary Orientation Program (TVOP), held on the first day of the school year. This program provides valuable information and helps acclimate our newest community members to life at Cummings School.… Read More

Veterinarians as One In Culture and Ethnicity (VOICE) & Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA)

Students lead efforts that foster acceptance and inclusivity for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within the veterinary profession and across a diversifying clientele.

Wellness Button Campaign

The distinctive wellness button seen around campus helps individuals easily find someone who is trained to lend an ear and provide support during difficult times or crisis situations

Wellness Center/Marathon Health

Tufts University faculty and staff and their spouses or qualified domestic partners may obtain free medical care in Medford for common illnesses and health assessments and coaching services in Grafton.

Work-Life Balance at Tufts – Faculty and Staff

Tufts offers comprehensive benefits and many resources for faculty and staff to help manage the demands of home and work.

Additional Programs & Resources

  • American Heart Association (AHA) Health Living Activity Resources Create lasting change in your health and life with articles, videos and other resources focused on smart eating, moving more and being emotionally well.
  • American Psychological Association This online help center provides information on how to manage the challenges and stressors that affect your physical and emotional well-being, as well as resources to help.
  • Cash Course Students can take control of their financial futures with courses and free resources that help them navigate financial decisions to achieve their financial goals.
  • Friends of the Earth Individuals involved in this organization actively engage in social and political advocacy campaigns aimed to protect people, preserve the environment and create a healthy world.
  • Mayo Clinic Physical Activity/Fitness Resources A source of valuable articles, videos, and more to help create a personal fitness plan, including topics such as stretching and flexibility, aerobic exercise, strength training and sports nutrition.
  • Mental Health and Wellness Summit Veterinary Health and Wellness Summit focused on mental health offers an online toolkit, including presentations on topics from “Yoga for Stress Relief” to “Coping With On-Call and Shift Work”.
  • Mint Eliminate financial stress with this free web-based financial management tool that allows users to track all account balances and transactions in one place, and have access to budget planning resources.
  • National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) This organization offers individuals and families affected by eating disorders support and resources aimed at prevention, cures and access to quality care.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline This toll-free lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free and confidential support for individuals in distress, and prevention and crisis resources for individuals and mental health professionals.
  • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Individuals interested in sustainable agriculture gain access to training, grants and resources to build awareness and knowledge to advance in this specialty field.
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Find articles, tips, videos and tools from food and nutrition professionals that you can use to establish a healthy diet, improve your health and fight disease.
  • The Center for Nutrition Policy Promotion (CNPP) Offers information to help you embark on a healthy eating journey by providing dietary guidance, access to healthy recipes, and approaches to make better food choices.
  • The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) Improve your health and well-being with everything you need to know about sleeping well, from sleep apnea to sleeping when traveling, snoring, the role of stress, nutrition and more.
  • WebMD: Stress Management Health Center A collection of resources, including news stories, references, videos, FAQs and more to help manage everyday stresses and live a healthy balanced life.


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