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Tufts University

Tufts is a private university with campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville & Grafton, Mass., and Talloires, France.

Figures accurate as of Fall 2012.

  • Established: 1852
  • Total students: 10,837
  • Undergraduates: 5,255
  • Graduate and professional: 5,582
  • International: 1,348
  • Total faculty: 1,339
  • Total staff: 3,186
  • Total volumes, all libraries: 1,247,502
  • Total libraries: 6
  • Campuses: 4 (Medford/Somerville; Boston; Grafton; Talloires, France)
  • Motto: Pax et Lux
  • Colors: Brown and blue
  • Mascot: Jumbo (elephant)
  • Affiliations: NESCAC

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This course is the first part of the Ethics and Values Signature Program, which is one of the factors making Tufts unique in veterinary education. It is designed to enrich the student's understanding of various aspects of our individual and communal relationships with "animals" (or, to use scientific terminology, "other animals"), and to stimulate creative thinking about the expanding horizons of veterinary medicine, particularly those relevant to both traditional and newer forms of human-animal interaction. Class sessions, which include a major allocation of time for student participation, touch on a wide range of issues affecting companion animals, wildlife, farmed animals, research animals, public health, law, social and cultural values regarding nonhuman individuals and communities, and various forms of the human-animal bond. Emphasis is placed on prompting each student to think about and discuss the broader issues of veterinary medicine, such as the role(s) of the individual veterinarian, veterinary education, and the veterinary profession.

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Introduce you;to some characteristics and dental care needs of persons with special;needs.
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Special Care in Dentistry is a curriculum designed to introduce you;to some characteristics and dental care needs of persons with special;needs. These units are designed to increase your knowledge and;awareness of patients with developmental disabilities, and provide you;with practical tools for providing high-quality care.

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Students will have extensive course works in physiology, this course tries to mirror the philosophy of Albert Szent-Gy?rgyi,?Structure and function are two sides of the same coin: structure without function is meaningless, and function without structure does not exist.
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Histology is the study of microscopic anatomy dealing with the structures of cells, tissue and organs in relation to their functions.;The first part of the course deals with basic tissues (a collection of similar cells and the extracellular matrices surrounding them): epithelium, connective tissues, including blood, bone and cartilage, muscles, and nerves.;The second part of the course deals with organs, systemic arrangement of tissues performing a specific function, as of respiration, digestion, etc.;Species differences will be included where appropriate. This, however, is not a course in comparative histology.;The course deals mainly with the structural aspects of cells, tissues and organs. It also covers the basic functions of these structures.;Although the students will have extensive course works in physiology, this course tries to mirror the philosophy of Albert Szent-Gy?rgyi,?Structure and function are two sides of the same coin: structure without function is meaningless, and function without structure does not exist.?

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Develop an organized approach for evaluation of the;veterinary patient with respiratory disease, including understanding the range;of diagnostic methods available (from least-most invasive), learning to;interpret results and understand possible complications. Understand possible complications.
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The course learning objectives for Veterinary Respiratory Pathophysiology are:To review the basics of respiratory physiology and structure as a;background for understanding abnormal lung function during pathological;states.To develop an organized approach for evaluation of the;veterinary patient with respiratory disease, including understanding the range;of diagnostic methods available (from least-most invasive), learning to;interpret results and understand possible complications.To present in detail the various agents of respiratory;system disease, including infectious agents, immune and inflammatory;mechanisms, and neoplastic transformation.To consider in detail the interaction of these;disease-causing agents with major regions of the respiratory system: the upper;respiratory tract, the airways, the vasculature, the parenchyma, and the pleura;and mediastinum.To describe the state-of-the-art in pulmonary function;testing in veterinary patients, including contemporary methods and;interpretation.To consider in;detail the range of respiratory disease and pathophysiology in major species;groups of veterinary patients, including small animals, horses, cattle, swine;and small ruminants, and laboratory animals.To integrate through case discussions in the clinical-pathologic;conference (CPC) the pathophysiologic principles and case management. This;will include group discussion of diagnostic methods, patient assessment, and;pathophysiology.

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Understand the;general issues, for they will continue throughout your career to grow, develop;and otherwise change in ways that are unpredictable now.
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This course acquaints students with basic concepts of law, as well as ethics. The course also seeks to enable students to practice medicine more prudently through application of legal rules. Although substantive standards of law are presented, the course stresses the role of process and creative thought in the development and application of legal and moral principles.;Note also the emphasis on process and creative thought in the;description course goals include far more than memorizing the current state of "law;regarding veterinary medicine. We aim to understand the;general issues, for they will continue throughout your career to grow, develop;and otherwise change in ways that are unpredictable now.;Note, finally, that all of the goals in this course are relevant, in;one way or another, to the important practical aspects of veterinary medicine. Prudence, acquisition of;technical, medical and scientific knowledge, and familiarity with contemporary issues;being discussed in the profession and in society. All of these are practical requirements;for any competent professional. We will turn again and again to practical situations;to hone your skills at recognizing the many kinds of legal and values-based;issues that characterize veterinary medicine.

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This course reviews how the kidneys adapt;to extra-renal disturbances and explores disorders that arise from primary defects in kidney function. In addition, the course explores the;pathogenesis and therapy of chronic kidney disease and the consequences of;kidney failure.
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Explore the relationships between population health and;public health, animal health and human health, and clinical and;population-based health practice.
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This course is designed to challenge and encourage you, as veterinary;students, to explore the relationships between population health and;public health, animal health and human health, and clinical and;population-based health practice. In general, we will confine our discussions in this course to veterinary;public health in the United States except when it easier to illustrate;a point or concept using an example from elsewhere. We veterinarians do not typically speak the language of public health. To that end, I've integrated two frameworks into the course this year. The first is the Ten Essential Public Health Services (EPHS), the framework that currently defines what public health does in the United States. The second is the model Public Health/Preventive Medicine Curriculum of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM), prepared by Dr. Vicky Fogelman for the AVMA. That curriculum comprises six broad topics - food safety, zoonoses, foreign animal diseases, environmental health, community health, and epidemiology and biostatistics. Each course topic includes one EPHS and related sections of the ACVPM. I've chosen to illustrate each course topic using examples relevant to the practice of veterinary medicine, and these examples range from E. coli 0157:H7 prevention and control to Hurricane Katrina's aftermath to the development of administrative policies and laws to the delivery of rabies vaccinations in the US and less industrialized countries. This course makes generous use of references that are in the public domain, often on government websites. Other internal references will also be used.

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Explore the present status;of natural resources and their management practices in the context of;scientific evidence and policy making.
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This course, semester two of a year long course, highlights the relevance of natural;resource conservation for ensuring healthy agricultural, food and environmental;systems, as well as the various approaches for implementing it. The course focuses on plant-pest interaction, crop breeding;plant nutrients, and livestock production. Topics covered during the first semester are soils, water, air and energy. Classroom discussions and debates explore the present status;of natural resources and their management practices in the context of;scientific evidence and policy making. These are complemented with work in field;laboratories and trips to research stations and farms. This leads to improved understanding of the scientific concepts and provides additional exposure to;the forces driving American agriculture.

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Basic Human Pathology (BHP) is divided into two parts. Part I, general pathology, refers to the study of basic pathology processes that underlie all disease such as cellular pathology, inflammation and repair, fluid and hemodynamic derangements, neoplasias, and the study of genetic immunologic, metabolic and deficiency, infections, environmental, pediatric and geriatric diseases. Part II, systems pathology, refers to the study of diseases affecting specific organs and their systems such as cardiovasuclar;respiratory;ear, nose, throat;ophthalmic;alimentary tract including oral cavity;lymphoid and hemopoietic tissues;liver;pancreas and biliary tract;endocrine;urinary;male and female genital;nervous system;musculoskeletal;and integument.

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The core curriculum in Zoological Medicine at Tufts is presented in two separate, but continuous courses: Introduction to Zoological Medicine and Zoological Medicine. Zoological medicine has recently been adopted as a universal term to be applied to all non-traditional species, including wildlife, zoo species, companion exotic animals, pet birds, marine mammals, and fish.;As stated in the "American College of Zoological Medicine recommendations on veterinary curricula" article (Stoskopf, MK, Paul-Murphy, J, Kennedy-Stoskopf, S, and Kaufman, G., JAVMA December 1, 2001 (Volume 219, No. 11));Zoological Medicine integrates veterinary medicine and the principles of ecology and conservation as applied in both natural and artificial environments.;In these two courses we will also include domestic poultry (technically a domestic food animal) as part of our avian section. The introductory course (Spring 2nd year) develops the topic of conservation medicine and introduces the career options involved with this diverse group of animals in a variety of settings. General concerns with diagnosis, treatment and animal restraint are also discussed in preparation for the clinical material.;A detailed taxonomic review of health issues in non traditional species and poultry is presented in Zoological Medicine (3rd year).;Students should take away from these courses an appreciation for the value of understanding the health of a diverse group of animals in the context of general veterinary medicine. We intend that this understanding, along with a greater appreciation of the interconnectedness of all living things, will empower students to become effective animal advocates regardless of the student's particular interest or chosen specialty.;The introductory course is organized into three main sections. The first section "Conservation Medicine" introduces fundamental principles in conservation biology, ecology and environmental health assessment as a foundation for understanding wild animals and their diseases in a wider framework. The second section "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges" introduces topics common to many of the taxonomic groups including wildlife immobilization and restraint, basic diagnostic sampling and finding creative solutions to therapeutic challenges. The third and final section "Career Tracks in Zoological Medicine" deals with the main career paths currently defined to deal with the majority of these species.;The main course (Zoological Medicine) is organized into three main parts based on taxonomic groupings. The first part "Invertebrate, Amphibian, Fish, and Reptile Medicine" presents the basic health issues of these four groups. Part 2 includes a detailed presentation of basic avian health issues. Part 3 deals with the health of selected mammals in both free-ranging and captive settings.

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  • Health & Health Care: Dentistry & Orthodontics
  • Health & Health Care: Disorders & Diseases
  • Health & Health Care: Medicine
  • Science & Math: Biology
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  • Education: Early Childhood
  • Health & Health Care: Epidemiology
  • Business: International Business & Globalization

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