New dean appointed at Tufts

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Dr. Alastair E. Cribb (Saskatchewan '84) is the fifth dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

"With his multidisciplinary background, Dr. Cribb is an ideal choice to advance the school's priorities and extend its impact as a force for good in the world," said Anthony P. Monaco, president at Tufts, in a press release.

Dr. Cribb was most recently a professor of clinical pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He had served as the founding dean of Calgary's veterinary school from 2006-18.

Prior to that, he worked for a decade at the University of Prince Edward Island Atlantic Veterinary College. There, he was a Medical Research Council (now Canadian Institutes of Health Research) new investigator and chair in comparative pharmacology and toxicology. Dr. Cribb established PEI's Health Research Institute and served on the task force that lead to the CIHR and its inaugural Governing Council for five years.

After receiving his veterinary degree, Dr. Cribb completed an internship at Michigan State University and spent two years in a rural mixed practice. Then he obtained a doctorate in 1991 in clinical pharmacology and pharmacogenetics from the University of Toronto and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University.

"I am particularly excited to join Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Tufts University," said Dr. Cribb in the press release. "The opportunities for veterinary education, research, and clinical service that support the regional and global communities are outstanding."

The appointment will take effect on July 15. Dr. Cribb will replace the interim dean, Dr. Joyce S. Knoll, who has served in the position since 2018, when the former dean, Dr. Deborah T. Kochevar, moved into the position of interim provost and senior vice president at the university.

Tufts's veterinary school has about 425 students, 110 faculty members, and 550 staff members, plus seven veterinary teaching hospitals and clinics that provide care to more than 100,000 patients a year, according to the press release.

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Dr. Alastair E. Cribb will serve as the new dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. (Courtesy of Tufts University/Jager & Kokemor)

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