Tufts University

Office of Admissions
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Tufts University
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton MA 01536
Telephone: (508) 839-7920


Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is committed to advancing One Health initiatives that enhance the health and well-being of animals, humans and the environment. Cummings School is well-positioned to apply One Health philosophies, leveraging the collective expertise of Tufts University’s constellation of health science schools, including veterinary, medical, dental, and nutrition. The University’s leadership in both clinical and research settings reaches across disciplines, into the classroom, and out into the world.

Our faculty advance science, improve patient care and, most importantly, inspire our students to approach their profession with open minds and a desire to make a difference. The relatively small student body ensures close professional relationships and networking opportunities. An array of curricular options, including electives and dual degree programs, allows each student to find and nurture his or her evolving niche within the profession.

Veterinary students play an integral role in the seven hospitals and clinics that comprise Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts. From their first year onward, students gain valuable expertise and enjoy a rich clinical learning environment at the:

• Foster Hospital for Small Animals, offering one of the largest small animal caseloads in the country, especially in the area of emergency and critical care where we are designated by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care as a national Veterinary Trauma Center.

• Lerner Spay and Neuter Clinic, where students hone their surgical skills.

• Hospital for Large Animals, providing active involvement in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in horses, especially equine athletes and sport horses, camelids and small ruminants.

• Wildlife Clinic, engaging students in the hands-on practice of wildlife medicine as well as the larger ethical and conservation issues that impact wildlife, people, and the environment.

• Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic, an innovative, low-cost clinic located within a public technical high school, where students provide primary care to underserved communities in the area.

• Tufts Ambulatory Service, the largest food animal practice in southern New England, addressing health and production needs of cattle, small ruminants and horses. The School’s farm, just steps away from the classroom, offers additional hands-on experience in agriculture and food supply veterinary medicine.

• Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties (Tufts VETS), providing students the opportunity to work in an after-hours urgent care and specialty setting that closely aligns with a private practice business model.

Students engage in a myriad of opportunities, including basic, translational and clinical research, shelter medicine, comparative oncology, wildlife and conservation medicine, the study of human-animal interactions, regenerative medicine, and more. A major international grant, Emerging Pandemic Threats One Health Workforce, and the International Veterinary Medicine certificate program, along with other ongoing projects, allow students to contribute to global One Health. These opportunities create a campus without boundaries, offer unique learning experiences, and ultimately lead our graduates to exciting and fulfilling careers.

Located just 30 miles west of the city of Boston, students take advantage of the area’s internationally renowned teaching hospitals and biomedical research centers, as well as join in the vibrant atmosphere of more than 300,000 college students living, learning, and growing together. 

We invite you to explore our web site and visit our campus to learn more about Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University: vet.tufts.edu.


For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.

Residency implications: Massachusetts residents make up about one-third of each class.



VMCAS Application Deadline: Friday , September 15, 2017 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time

Date interviews are held: December, January, February

Date acceptances mailed: March

School begins: late August

Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.00

Deferments: requests for deferment are handled on a case-by-case basis.


Tufts’ admission procedure consists of a review of the application and an interview of selected applicants.


Required undergraduate GPA: no minimum GPA required. The mean GPA for the Class of 2020 was 3.67.

AP credit policy: must appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no


Course Description
Number of Hours/Credits
Biology (w/ lab) 8
Chemistry (w/ lab) 8
Organic Chemistry (w/ lab) 8
Biochemistry 3
Physics 6
Genetics* 3
Mathematics/Statistics 6
English/Speech 6
Humanities and Fine Arts 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 6

*unless included in biology


Estimated Tuition Resident: $48,890

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $53,957


Resident: 30

Non-Resident: 68


Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), general test, is required. The most recent acceptable test date for applicants to the class of 2021 is September 15, 2017. Scores are valid for five years. The mean GRE scores for the Class of 2020 were: Verbal 161, Quantitative 159, and Analytical Writing 4.5.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


Application Deadline: 9/15/2017

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