Tufts University

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Tufts University is a private research university in located near Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It hosts the nations' oldest graduate school of international relations, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

The university was founded as Tufts College in 1852 by Universalists as a non-non-sectarian institution. Charles Tufts donated the property, called Walnut Hill, the highest point in Medford. The college was renamed "Tufts University" in 1954. For over a century, Tufts was a small, New England liberal arts college. However, after the French-American nutritionist Jean Mayer became president in the late 1970's and a series of rapid acquisitions; the school was transformed into an international research university.

Tufts is organized into ten schools. They include two undergraduate and eight graduate programs on four campuses in Massachusetts and on the eastern border of France. The university is also known for its international study programs.[1]

Animal testing

Tufts University does animal testing.

Facility information, progress reports & USDA-APHIS reports

For links to copies of a facility's U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Animal Plant Health Inspection (APHIS) reports, other information and links, see also Stop Animal Experimentation NOW!: Facility Reports and Information. This site contains listings for all 50 states, links to biomedical research facilities in that state and PDF copies of government documents where facilities must report their animal usage. (Search: Medford, Massachusetts; North Grafton, Massachusetts; Boston, Massachusetts.)

USDA AWA reports

As of May 26, 2009, the USDA began posting all inspection reports for animal breeders, dealers, exhibitors, handlers, research facilities and animal carriers by state. See also USDA Animal Welfare Inspection Reports.

Animal welfare violations

The Tufts Veterinary School amassed six animal welfare violations in January of 2009, including the burning of three dogs by a heat lamp following surgical procedures.[2]

See also section 1 on facility information & progress reports.

Tufts Veterinary School & vivisection industry

Charles River

Deborah Kochevar, DVM, PhD is the Dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She also sits on the board of directors of Charles River Laboratories, the world's largest supplier of laboratory animals. [3] Charles River has a history of gross animal welfare violations. See also Charles River.

Frankie Trull

Frankie Trull is a long time lobbyist and founder and president of Policy Directions Inc., a Washington, DC based public relations firm and industry lobby.[4] She is also president and founder of the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR), an industry group and Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR), a front group. Ms. Trull worked with a "broad array of biomedical research organizations that partnered with agriculture", to pass the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). She was previously instrumental in blocking reforms to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). See also NABR & the Animal Welfare Act.

According to her bio, Ms Trull is a member of the Board of Overseers of Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. [5]

Trustees (2010)

Accessed February 2010: [6]

Investment Committee

Other members

Articles & sources

SourceWatch articles


  1. Tufts University, Wikipedia, accessed December 2009
  2. Micheal A. Budkie Major US Labs Illegally slaughter and maim animals: USDA fails to enforce federal law, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, June 2009
  3. About us: Corporate Governance - Board of Directors, Charles River, accessed February 2009
  4. About, Policy Directions Inc., accessed September 2009
  5. Professionals: Frankie L. Trull, President and CEO, Policy Directions Inc., accessed September 2009
  6. Trustees, Tufts University, accessed February 16, 2010.
  7. Investment Committee, Tufts University, accessed August 28, 2008