Ari obtained her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and her veterinary degree from Cornell University. She remained at Cornell to complete a veterinary education postdoctoral research position and was then hired onto the faculty as an Instructor. During her time at Cornell, she gained recognition for her work in clinical reasoning assessment, communication skills training, competency-based veterinary education, and online learning. She had teaching roles in the core anatomy course in the Problem-Based Learning curriculum, as well as electives such as The Healer’s Art and Small Animal Euthanasia: Clinical Communication and Practice. She had a clinical role in the Small Animal Emergency Service and worked on service projects that spanned curriculum enhancement, educational innovation, student wellness, and much more.
At Tufts, Ari coordinates and teaches in the core Clinical Skills courses for first and second-year veterinary students. She also serves on the Curriculum Redesign Committee. Her teaching and research interests include euthanasia training, competency-based veterinary education, professional development training, high-stakes assessment of clinical reasoning and decision-making skills, academic advising, and online learning. Her professional interests include advancing veterinary education, cultivating student wellness, and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
BS, Brandeis University, 2014
DVM, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2018
Selected Research Projects
Clinical Reasoning Assessment
Competency Based Veterinary Education
Communication Skills Development
Innovative Approaches to Enhance Student Learning
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Wellness and Wellbeing
Mei Schultz, James K. Morrisey, Leni K. Kaplan, Jorge L. Colón, Dani G. McVety-Leinen, Ariana L. Hinckley-Boltax. 2021. A scalable and effective course design for teaching competency based euthanasia communication skills in veterinary curricula. Accepted to J. Vet. Med. Educ.
Limper, C.B., Hinckley-Boltax, A.L., Cazer, C.L. 2021. Impact of COVID-19 on Veterinary Medicine from the Perspective of Veterinary Students. Submitted to One Health.
Wechter, J., Strauss, R.E., Hinckley-Boltax, A.L., FitzMaurice, M.C. 2021. Structured Reflection on Assessment Performance Correlates with Increased Student Performance in a Veterinary Neuroanatomy Class. Manuscript in Progress.
Hinckley-Boltax, A.L., Hepps-Keeney, C.M., Wooton, T.P., Sweet, J. 2021. Implementation of an Innovative Peer Academic Advising Program at a Veterinary School. Manuscript in Progress.
Boltax, A.L., Kosinski-Collins, M.S., Pontrello, J.K. 2015. Exploring the Science-Society Interface with a Bridging Research Course. J. Coll. Sci. Teach. 45(6):50-57.
Boltax, A.L., Armanios, S., Kosinski-Collins, M.S., Pontrello, J.K. 2015. Connecting Biology and Organic Chemistry Introductory Laboratory Courses through a Project-based Collaborative Research Project. Biochem Mol Biol Educ. Jul-Aug;43(4):233-44.