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Spring festival's gone to the dogs; Tufts vet students salute canine pals.

Byline: Sandy Quadros Bowles

GRAFTON - For Tufts veterinary students, fund-raising has gone to the dogs.

Students at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the eight colleges and schools that comprise Tufts University and is the only school of veterinary medicine in New England.  in Grafton have replaced the traditional auction fund-raiser with a spring festival featuring a dog show, canine canine
 or canid

Any domestic or wild dog or doglike mammal (e.g., wolf, jackal, fox) in the family Canidae, found throughout the world except in Antarctica and on most ocean islands.
 washes and nail trims, and a 5K run/walk for people with or without their pooches.

The festival will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 29 at Westboro High School, 90 West Main St. The event will be part of the Westboro Spring Festival, held April 28 and 29 and sponsored by the Westboro Rotary Club.

"We think it will be a lot of fun," said Christina Buchter, a second-year veterinary student and president of the Tufts student chapter of the American Veterinary Medicine veterinary medicine, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of animals. An early interest in animal diseases is found in ancient Greek writings on medicine. Veterinary medicine began to achieve the stature of a science with the organization of the first school in the  Association.

The nonprofit A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.

Nonprofits are also called not-for-profit corporations. Nonprofit corporations are created according to state law.
 association serves as the umbrella organization
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An umbrella organization is an association of (often related, industry-specific) institutions, who work together formally to coordinate activities or
 for all veterinary-related clubs on campus. The group sponsors community service projects and social activities.

The festival will benefit the association, and the Stanley O. Travis Fund, which helps support pets whose owners cannot afford veterinary care.

Association members thought this year's fund-raiser should be a "bigger community event," said second-year veterinary student Linda Ng.

The festival also helps students promote "the Tufts name out in the community," she said.

"It's a big family day." she said.

An amateur dog show will allow dogs to enjoy the limelight limelight: see calcium oxide.

Early form of theatrical lighting. The incandescent calcium light invented by Thomas Drummond in 1816 was first employed in a theatre in 1837 and was widely used by the 1860s.
 as they are judged in 10 very nonofficial categories, such as waggiest tail.

"You can really showcase your pet, because everyone thinks their pet is the best," Ms. Ng said.

Dog show registration begins at 1:30 p.m., with the show running from 2 to 3 p.m.

The 10K run/walk is open to all runners and walkers, with or without four-legged sidekicks. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The run/walk is set for 11 a.m. to noon. The festival will also include a police dog demonstration by the Westboro police.

Dog washes and nail trims will also be available.

"We encourage people to bring their dogs along and participate in these events," Ms. Buchter said.

"We hope it's a success and that people will have fun," Ms. Ng said.

More information about the Tufts events is available on the Web at More information about the festival is available at


CUTLINE: Tufts veterinary students Christina Buchter, left, and Linda Ng, pictured with her dog TIny, a Japanese chin Japanese chin, Japanese spaniel

a very small (4-7 lb), lively dog with a large, rounded head, very short muzzle, large eyes, and profuse, long silky coat in black and white or red and white.
, helped to organize pet-related activities at the Westboro Spring Festival.

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A person who takes photographs, especially as a profession; a photographer.
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