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Deborah T. Kochevar, DVM, PhD, DACVCP

Appointed Provost and Senior Vice President, ad interim in April 2018, Deborah T. Kochevar is an accomplished educator and scholar committed to clinical and translational science and research, innovation in learning and teaching, and inter-professional aspects of global health education. In her role as interim provost, Dr. Kochevar engages faculty, staff, students and alumni to address quality and sustainability of undergraduate and graduate education and to advance research and scholarship priorities across the institution. She is a champion for diversity, inclusion and internationalism and the need to develop effective and respectful communication among groups and individuals.

As the former dean and Henry and Lois Foster Professor for 12 years at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Dr. Kochevar has fostered connections across the Tufts campuses in Medford, Boston and Grafton. With strengths in multiple health sciences and a commitment to interdisciplinarity and active citizenship, she feels Tufts is particularly well-positioned to address the health and well-being of people, animals and the environment locally and globally.


Academic Credentials
  • PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (1987)
  • DVM, Texas A&M University (1981)
  • BA, Rice University (1978)
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology (1998)
Professional Credentials
  • Member, Board of Directors, One Health Central and Eastern Africa. Secretariat, Kampala, Uganda. An organization of veterinary, medical and public health schools committed to using a One Health platform to stem emerging pandemic threats in the hot zones of the world. (2015 – present)
  • Chair, Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) One Health Alliance (COHA). National institutional alliance of veterinary medical and medical school partners with active NIH CTSA funding. (2014 – present)
  • Member (1999 – 2005), Chair (2003 - 2005), Council on Education, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Continued service (2005 – 2018) as accreditation site team chair for national and international visits.
  • Chair, Task Force for International Engagement. Creation of the Council on International Veterinary Medical Education, a global council under the auspices of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. (2016)
  • Secretary, President-Elect, President, Past-President, Member, Board of Directors, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. (2009 – 2014)
  • President-Elect, President, American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology. (2005 – 2007)
  • Member, Food and Drug Administration Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee. (2000 – 2003)
  • Member and Chair (2004 - 2005), Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates, American Veterinary Medical Association. (1999 – 2005)
  • Editorial board member, American Journal of Veterinary Research. (1992 – 1998)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (2018)
  • Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student-Sponsored Award LGBT+ Awareness (national) (2016)
  • Leadership Award, Lesbian Gay Veterinary Medical Association (national) (2013)
  • Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year, Association of Women Veterinarians Foundation (national) (2010)
  • Women's Progress Award, Administrative Category, Women's Leadership Forum, Texas A&M University (2005)
  • Regent's Initiative for Excellence in Education, Academy for Educator Development, Texas A&M University (2003)
  • Advisory Committee Service Award, US Food and Drug Administration, Washington DC (2003)
  • U-Act Ron Sass Award, University Level Enhancing Diversity Award, Texas A&M University (2003)
  • Finalist Award, University-level, President's Professorship for Teaching Excellence, Texas A&M University (2003)
  • National Teaching Award: Basic Science, Student American Veterinary Medical Association (1996)
  • Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University (1995, 1991)
  • Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching (University Level), Texas A&M University (1993)
  • Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University (1991)
  • Faculty Achievement Award in Research, Texas Veterinary Medical Association (1991)
  • Phi Zeta (Honor Society Veterinary Medicine), Texas A&M University (1981)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Rice University (1978)
Tufts Affiliations
  • Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • Faculty, Tufts Clinical Translational Science Institute
Former Positions
  • Dean and Henry and Lois Foster Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (2006-2018)
  • Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (2018 - present)
  • Acting Dean, Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, College Station, TX (2005)
  • Associate Dean for Professional Programs, Wiley Chair of Veterinary Medical Education, Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2004 – 2006)
  • Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology (1987 – 2003)
  • Congressional Science Fellow, American Veterinary Medical Association/American Association for Advancement of Science, Washington, DC (1996 – 1997)
  • Fellow, National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award, UT Health Science Center, Dallas, TX (1984 – 1986)
Research Interests
  • Molecular pharmacology
  • International health education
  • One Health interprofessional curriculum design
Recent Publications

Kochevar, D.T. 2015. Fifty years of evolving partnerships in veterinary medical education. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.

Hoblet, K.H., Kochevar, D.T., Ames, T., Maccabe, A.T. 2013. A strategic approach to workforce dynamics requires collaboration and sound data. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Farnsworth, C.C., Herman, J.D., Osterstock, J.B., Porterpan, B.L., Willard, M.D., Hooper, R.N., Roussel Jr., A.J., Schmitz, D.G., Fogelberg, K., Kochevar, D.T. 2008. Assessment of clinical reasoning skills in veterinary students prior to and after the clinical year of training. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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Current Research Support

USAID – USAID-OAA-A-15-00014, US Agency for International Development
Tzipori (Tufts subaward PI) — 11/2014-11/2019
Emerging Pandemic Threats One Health Work Force
A project to mitigate the impact of emerging pandemic zoonotic threats with the goal of enabling early detection and response to disease threats through application of One Health principles and educational programs. One Health networks established in Central and Eastern Africa and Southeast Asia are critical partners in this effort.
Role: Key Personnel

NSF 1618919, National Science Foundation, Epstein, J. (PI) — 08/2016-08/2021
RCN: EcoHealth Net 2.0: A One Health Approach to Disease Ecology Research and Education Research scientists from medical, ecology, veterinary, epidemiology, virology, anthropology, climate science, data science and economics, are brought together to form a new global research coordination network that advances One Health research and education through undergraduate and graduate workshops, mentored research and linkage of selected professional science, and policy associations around the theme of One Health.
Role: Key Personnel