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August 2020

Dear Tufts Veterinary Alumni Association members,

What a year! I hope you are all well in this challenging time. More than ever, it is important to be a part of a community.  Regardless of our specialties, distinctions, preferences and political positions, we are unified in our alma mater and our profession. We need to be able to share our struggles, strategies and solutions with each other, to encourage and uplift one another.

There is an African Proverb which states, “If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together." Our careers are stressful enough without the added COVID-19 dilemmas. We will ride this storm successfully by staying connected and knowing that we have colleagues to lean on when pressures feel too great to bear alone. It is also important that we provide a good example to the next generation of veterinarians of what it means to be a positive support network.

On behalf of the Tufts University Veterinary Alumni Association, I invite you to become involved in our association committees and philanthropic activities. We have four TUVAA committees:

  1. Career Development (looking to challenge yourself or seek new opportunities?)
  2. Community Service (give back to underserved populations!)
  3. Student Mentorship (support students/future vets through mentorships!)
  4. Wellness (in search of inner calm& balance?)

We welcome your participation as we strive to improve our community-building efforts.  Any capacity of involvement is appreciated. You can learn more about these activities directly through virtual attendance of our biannual TUVAA Committee meetings or by contacting your class representative.

Please contact the Alumni Office at vetalumni@tufts.edu to learn more or to share your ideas, questions, or concerns! We aim to be the supportive community that our members need. Thank you and take care.

Sincerely,

Dr. Katie Holmes, V13
President of TUVAA