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Theory and practice. (Images courtesy of Paul Waldau.)
Highlights of this Course

This course is about our extraordinarily diverse and complicated relationships with the nonhuman lives in, near, and removed from our communities. Although we focus on veterinarians' special roles in "human-animal relationships," the course is applicable to the general issues faced by all humans as we engage the lives around us. The course Syllabus describes both the underlying philosophy and the specific objectives we have in mind when teaching our students about this remarkable topic.

Course Description

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.

Please note that the course as presented here does not contain the full content of the course as taught at Tufts. The included content is based on material the Tufts faculty and instructors choose to include, as well as factors such as content preparation, software compatibility, and intellectual property and copyright restrictions.
Course Faculty
Paul Waldau
M.S.A. Kumar
Joann Lindenmayer
Annette Rauch
Allen Rutberg
Scott Shaw
Course Length
22 Hours
1st year