International Alumni-Student Service

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This campaign ended on August 31, 2022, but you can still make a gift to Tufts University by clicking here!

The International Alumni-Student Service Program matches Cummings alumni mentors with Cummings students to facilitate volunteer medical and surgical assistance at a specific partner site.  This fund-raising effort is to provide student participants with scholarships to travel to our project location in Ecuador during the 2022-2023 clincial year.

Amici Cannis is a small animal hospital in Cotacachi, Ecuador which provides free sterilization and veterinary care for the street dogs of Cotacachi, low-cost sterilization for pets of families in need, and high-quality veterinary care of pets in the surrounding area. Students will develop their surgical skills, mentored by the hospital’s veterinarians and an alum, as they aid in maintaining the health of the street dog population.

Traveling to Ecuador was an amazing experience. It was the best thing I did during vet school. I really enjoyed learning about a new culture while honing my clinical skills. During our clinical year we need to find opportunities to practice surgery and I was able to perform multiple spays and neuters while I was in Ecuador, which has made me much more confident as a doctor. I continue to stay in contact with the Tufts alumni who I traveled with and I know I can speak with them for advice.”

~Dr. Sara Forsythe, TCSVM Class of 2019

This program has many direct impacts, including:

-Provide alumni who are primarily based in the U.S. an opportunity to travel to and work with a service organization in a foreign country, thereby enhancing the veterinary care in a resource-poor area and providing alumni an opportunity to make an impact in a short one- or two-week time frame
-Provide students informal mentorship with a Tufts alum on neutral ground while gaining an understanding of a new culture and an appreciation for the medical resources we have at home
-Improve the surgical and clinical competency of our veterinary students by increasing opportunities for practicing primary care
-Provide avenues for alumni to help develop/participate in student research projects and make a positive impact on the diagnostics and treatment of at-risk populations

Your support funds this important work, and we could not do it without you. All donations go directly towards the cost of travel and training, and every gift means so much. 

We are in the final stretch.

We are mere hours away from the end of our fundraising effort for internships for The International Alumni-Student Service Program. We could not have done it without your support. 

We have a video from V23 student Laura Coughlin, who plans to participate in the Amici Cannis elective next May. Please share this with your colleagues and friends, and help us close out this campaign strong. Thank you for your support!

202 days ago by Tessa Buckley
A video update, and more time

Please enjoy this video from V19 alumna, Sara Forsythe, who participated in the Amici Cannis externship as a student, and recently returned to mentor a student herself.  

We are excited to announce we've extended the deadline for this project through August. Please consider sharing this video with your friends and networks to help support future students as they gain surgical experience while helping the street dogs of Ecuador.

239 days ago by Erin Cauley
The impact of your support

V19 alumna, Sara Forsythe, participated in the Amici Cannis externship as a student, and recently returned to mentor a student herself.  

Please consider making a donation to help support future students as they gain surgical experience while helping the street dogs of Ecuador. Thank you for your support!

245 days ago by Tessa Buckley

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