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 shelter animals through the education of DVM students, veterinarians, and para-veterinary professionals. 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.

Since its inception, the Shelter Medicine Program has expanded at the Cummings School so that it now plays a vital role in elements of the core DVM curriculum, offers a variety of selectives and electives, and partners with clinical sciences faculty to enhance the surgical teaching aspect of the program.