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Alastair E. Cribb, DVM, PhD, FCAHS, Dean, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Cribb joined Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University as its fifth dean on July 15, 2019.  

Prior to joining Cummings School, he served two terms as the founding dean of the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) and was a professor of veterinary clinical pharmacology and toxicology.  From 2006-2016, he grew UCVM from a small start-up working out of a few offices to a dynamic, innovative program with approximately 75 faculty, 100 staff, 120 DVM students, 125 graduate students, and 35 PDF fellows and advanced clinical trainees, ranked amongst the top 50 veterinary colleges globally.

Dr. Cribb earned his D.V.M. at Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 1984 and completed a small animal internship at Michigan State University in 1985.  He spent two years in rural community practice in the Canadian Maritimes before obtaining his Ph.D. in clinical pharmacology at the University of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, before joining the drug safety assessment department of Merck & Co. in 1992.

Dr. Cribb joined the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in 1996. During his tenure at AVC, he first held a Medical Research Council New Investigator award and then a Canada Research Chair in Comparative Pharmacology and Toxicology.  He established the Prince Edward Island Health Research Institute and served on the task force that led to the creation of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).  Dr. Cribb has published extensively in the fields of veterinary and human pharmacogenetics and molecular toxicology.  The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Initiative, and other government, industry and NGO funding sources have supported his work.