Shelter Medicine Program

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Shelter Medicine Program was founded in 2006, with the mission of improving quality of life for homeless, displaced, abused or neglected animals through the education of veterinary students, veterinarians and veterinary para-professionals in the principles, core competencies and best practices of shelter medicine. Directed by Dr. Emily McCobb, the program is also guided by a steering committee of Cummings School faculty and staff, as well as members of the local sheltering community. Additionally, a host of area partners work with the school to provide opportunities for students to observe and participate first-hand in working shelters in Massachusetts.

Tufts Shelter Medicine Program at Cummings School works with faculty in the clinical sciences department to provide surgical training for veterinary students. Enhancing programming further, Shelter Medicine also partners with the Center for Animals and Public Policy, which conducts research, education, and service that promote constructive discussion of the human-animal relationship and improve the treatment of animals in society.

The Center for Shelter Dogs (CSD) is a new initiative of the Shelter Medicine Program. A reception and presentation to welcome CSD to Cummings was held November 19, 2014.