I had a long history with Tufts. I was part of the early faculty of Tufts Veterinary School from 1979-1987. It is a relationship, that has had both give and take. In relationships, and in a group dynamic we all have expectations that have to be dealt with. This is some of the back story of my feelings and experiences.
If asked, “After all, Tufts Veterinary School has done negative to me why should (I sic.) even care?” They did accuse me of cruelty and worse, by not euthanizing my horse since they said he was dying of cancer. But he lived another 2 and 1/2 years. They stated that if an animal in their care got better, and I was called in to help it was only what they did that would ever help that animal. They dis-regarded my letters and email updates on Champ’s care with all his herbs and O3 therapy and refused acknowledge that he was thriving and doing well for 2 and 1/2 years. They threatened to arrest me for going to a public lecture a the “Hazards of Feeding Raw Food” that was not CE and I was given permission to go to. They do not allow students of the public to get information that is contrary to where they get corporate funds. The Big Pharma and Dog food companies own them.
The Dean said something to the effect of, if I tried to challenge to their freedom of speech at University they would squish me like a bug and that they had deep pockets and could out hire attorneys and say terrible things about me.
I spent $60,000 of my own funds to stand up to their bully behavior and ask for freedom of speech all the way to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
So Why do I still keep on striving for progress?
I was in the first faculty of Tufts Veterinary School from 1979-1987 where I taught anatomy.
I was chosen by the students to be the AVMA faculty liaison to the students and won accolades from the students as an outstanding teacher.
I lost some of my health as I developed asthma and almost lost my pregnancy from the formaldehyde from the anatomy lab. In 1981 started hemorrhaging and had to stay in bed for 3 months so not to loose the pregnancy.
I helped get many important donation of surgical lamps, tables, anesthesia machines and all types of equipment for the surgical hospital in Grafton.
I taught an acupuncture and applied anatomy classes to students after regular class, and students to this day still thank me for the exposure.
Each year for 10 more years I returned to Tufts anatomy and volunteered giving applied anatomy, acupuncture and Chiropractic anatomy.
I sent over $300,000 a year of referrals to their Foster Small Animal Hospital from my clinic MASH.
I helped teach two of the Acupuncture Courses offered in 2000 and 2001.
So I gave many of my years in support of the University as It needed to be the best.
And they treated me like this?
I still want them to be the best and I see where they can be better but they are too “All Knowing” to stop and see if there are other ways for them to help animals.
They are so caught up in keeping the corporations happy and only waiting to treat animals with “Evidence based double placebo blind studies” that they are denying care to cases that have shown anecdotal medical improvement. They would rather euthanize than offer any of those opportunities.
They said in 2000 that Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine would be part of the curriculum at the Veterinary School and they have really fallen short on offering any of these topics in the school.
Tufts can do better by their students and the animals that they treat.
That is why I keep working toward the positive… I hope that someday they will stop their arrogance and realize how much we need to work together for the best for our patients. Bottom line we have so much to learn and each time our mind is open to ideas the more opportunity we have to make strides to improve healthcare. People love their pets and want the best and the best includes all ways to help their pets heal.The Dean said something to the effect of, if I tried to challenge to their freedom of speech at University they would squish me like a bug and that they had deep pockets and could out hire attorneys and say terrible things about me.The Dean said something to the effect of, if I tried to challenge to their freedom of speech at University they would squish me like a bug and that they had deep pockets and could out hire attorneys and say terrible things about me.