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A bold, new collaboration in service to pets, underserved communities, and veterinary education

To address the health and well-being of underserved pets in an ongoing and reliable manner, a partnership between the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and Worcester Technical High School (WTHS) has been formed to establish a student-run, primary preventative care veterinary clinic on-site at WTHS. This partnership will advance the education of both veterinary students and high school students, while supporting the low income pet owners of the Greater Worcester Area.

The idea of the clinic grew over time from both sides of the collaboration, but particularly driven by two faculty members in the Cummings School’s Department of Clinical Sciences, Associate Professor Elizabeth A. Rozanski, DVM and Professor John E. Rush, DVM, who first conceptualized a clinic to give veterinary students more primary care training while serving needy animals.

Gregory M. Wolfus, DVM, a 1998 graduate of the Cummings school, was selected as the ideal candidate to oversee this novel clinic. After graduation, Dr. Wolfus worked as a primary care veterinarian at VCA Westboro Animal Hospital. He has maintained his ties to Tufts mentoring students and volunteering time to spay and neuter animals through the school’s Shelter Medicine department.

Says Dr. Wolfus, “The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Worcester Technical High School have always independently set a high value on active citizenship and community partnership. Joining efforts together, the changes we make today will improve our entire community tomorrow.”

A “hands on” approach for all

The new clinic will provide an innovative shared learning environment for veterinary assistant and veterinary professional students and low-income clients. A means tested qualification criteria will insure that services are rendered to those with demonstrated need. Once operational, we expect the clinic to maintain a caseload of around 300 animals per month.

Common clinical issues addressed will include vaccinations, parasite prevention, behavior, dermatology, dentistry, internal medicine, nutrition, and surgery. Cummings School fourth-year DVM students will have the opportunity to expand their communication and clinical skills while offering primary preventative veterinary medical care. Moreover, Tufts students will play an important role in educating and mentoring the WTHS students. WTHS recently established a veterinary assistant training program where students will learn a "hands on" approach to becoming an integral part of a functioning veterinary clinic. A key goal at WTHS is to prepare high school students to enter the workforce or go onto college, and it is hoped that some might go on to pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

How you can help

We seek gifts from founding partners to help launch and sustain this ambitious project. Please consider the opportunity to contribute a leadership gift in support of the Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic so that we may offer affordable animal care in service to our neighboring communities. A select number of attractive naming opportunities exist for spaces within the clinic, at a variety of gift levels.

Please inquire within the Cummings School’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations.