Student and Volunteer Opportunities

Research Assistant Positions

The Pets and Well-Being Lab is currently hiring research assistants for a new study. Please visit the lab website for more information. If you are a Tufts student who would like to be connected with HAI research positions, please email

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering with Tufts Paws for People, please visit the Ways to Volunteer page.

If you are a Tufts student interested in outreach or service learning opportunities, please contact the Cummings-Tisch Civic Life Coordinator, Erin King at

Student Groups at Tufts

For Tufts students who are interested in human-animal interaction, there are a number of related student-led groups across the university that provide opportunities for participating in various activities involving human and animal well-being.

Tufts Pre-Veterinary Society:

The Tufts University Pre-Veterinary Society is a pre-professional organization on campus comprised of students interested in entering the field or related fields of veterinary medicine. We seek to provide resources and opportunities for members to gain experience and knowledge about a career in veterinary medicine. Some of our events include presentations and panels from speakers in the veterinary or animal fields, journal clubs, hands-on activities such as our annual Suture Lab, off-campus visits to the vet school and Franklin Park Zoo, and more. We welcome all students interested in veterinary medicine or even just passionate about animals!


Tufts Chapter of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA)

Tufts’ Chapter of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) is a group on the Grafton campus that is a subset of the national American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). National SAVMA is an organization that gives students a voice in organized veterinary medicine and connects students across veterinary schools across the country. Additionally, the Tufts’ chapter provides support for students to expand their learning through funding travel to externships, conferences, and summer opportunities. Tufts’ SAVMA is also the head of all the clubs on the Grafton campus, providing guidelines and support to various groups that encompass many aspects of veterinary medicine. A list of all the clubs under SAVMA can be found on the website.


Tufts Animal Welfare Club:

Tufts Animal Welfare is on a mission to raise awareness of animal maltreatment to Tufts and the greater community, to teach people to live their lives more conscious of the animals they indirectly affect, and to discuss ethical and political policies regarding animals.  They meet once a week to discuss different animal welfare topics and they put on events with the goal of furthering their missions.



Tufts Animal Aid:

Animal Aid pairs volunteer undergraduate students with dogs in the nearby Medford/Somerville area to walk on a weekly basis. Walking is a semester-long commitment, and interested students are able to designate their top choices/schedules at the beginning of each semester. For more information and to stay up-to-date about Animal Aid events (such as our annual Puppy Palooza), subscribe to our e-list or email


Tufts Equestrian Team:

The Tufts Equestrian Team is a club team that competes in hunt-seat equitation style IHSA competitions in Zone 1 Region 4 of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). We attend approximately 8 regional shows per year. Our team is made up of about 20 riders from every class year, varying academic majors, and many different riding backgrounds. We encourage riders of all levels of experience to try out and join our team!