IFAW and Tufts University Veterinary School sign affiliation agreement

Tuesday, 20 September, 2011
Yarmouth Port, MA
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW; www.ifaw.org) today announced an affiliation with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, firmly establishing a commitment to work together on projects that advance animal and wildlife welfare.

Together, IFAW and the Cummings School seek to collaborate on research and share training opportunities for staff and students.  Several Cummings School students have previously worked on IFAW sponsored projects all over the world including elephant rehabilitation in India, raptor rescue and rehabilitation in China, and improving community dog and cat welfare in Mexico and Native American reservations in the U.S. IFAW senior staff have also been invited to lecture to Tufts students on topics ranging from international wildlife policy to emergency relief. IFAW’s companion animals program director, Kate Atema, serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Clinical Sciences.
“This is one of the country’s most esteemed veterinary schools,” said Azzedine Downes, Executive Vice President, IFAW.  “Our affiliation will allow IFAW to collaborate with some of the top vets and researchers on issues of domestic and international importance and serve as an additional resource, ensuring access to top veterinary training and standards.”

“As an organization dedicated to the health and well-being of animals worldwide, the Cummings School shares many goals with IFAW,” said Deborah T. Kochevar, DVM, PhD, dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. “We look forward to a continued exchange of ideas and opportunities with the organization, and we share in their enthusiasm for greater involvement.”

A ceremony celebrating the agreement will take place at Tufts University on Tuesday, September 20.

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University (TCSVM)
Founded in 1978 in North Grafton, MA, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is known for academic programs that impact society and the practice of veterinary medicine; five hospitals that log more than 80,000 cases each year; and groundbreaking research that benefits animal, public and environmental health.

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