Tufts tackles One Health with new conservation medicine degree program

Sep 28, 2009
By staff
North Grafton, Mass. -- A new master of science in conservation medicine degree is under development at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

The program will focus on the continued emergence of new diseases from wild animals, the effects of human activities on endangered species, and the impact of climate change on biodiversity, among others.

The one-year, non-thesis program was approved by Tufts University trustees in April and the Regina Bauer Frankenberg Foundation for Animal Welfare has provided a leadership grant to develop it over the next year. In addition, funding from the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation has supported the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine (TCCM).

“Graduates of the Conservation Medicine master’s program will enter the workforce equipped to coordinate teams of colleagues from widely varying disciplines to attack global and broad-based health challenges,” said Dr. Deborah T. Kochevar, DVM, PhD, dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

The program is the latest in a string of new additions to the Cummings School’s offerings, which include a new program in shelter medicine, as well as combined DVM degree programs in laboratory animal medicine, comparative biomedical sciences, and public health.

To learn more about the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine and for updates on the master's program development, click here.