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COVID-19 Guidance: Guidance and operational updates for Cummings School and its veterinary teaching hospitals

COVID-19 Teaching Hospital Updates

Updated September 2021

Welcome to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. We are pleased to welcome you to our campus.

As the risk of COVID-19 continues, our hospitals remain committed to making safety our top priority. 

Please review the Massachusetts COVID-19 mask guidelines for current information and please be sure to mask up whenever talking to one of our staff or students or when outside your vehicle. If you are not wearing a mask, we will not be able to serve you.

  • We regrettably cannot allow owners inside our waiting rooms or exam rooms at this time except for euthanasia. Please review our hospital visit information.
  • We encourage you to make sure your phone is on and charged so that you can receive our calls during the visit. 
  • We will contact you when we are finished and are happy to care for your pet until you return. 

Thank you for trusting us with your pet’s care—and for the extraordinary cooperation, patience, and flexibility you’ve shown in helping us maintain a safe environment for all throughout this extended crisis. We understand how hard it is to leave your pet, especially when he or she is not feeling well, but rest assured your pet is safely being cared for.  

Foster Hospital for Small Animals  

  • Please call ahead.
  • We are open for limited appointments and for essential and life-threatening emergency care. 
  • Clients are not allowed to enter Foster Hospital at this time. 
  • Veterinary staff will meet owners at their cars to receive and discharge patients.  

Hospital for Large Animals

  • Please call ahead.
  • We continue to provide emergency care and have started to reschedule elective cases.
  • Clients are not allowed to enter the Hospital for Large Animals at this time. 
  • Veterinary staff will meet owners in the parking lot. 

Tufts Wildlife Clinic 

  • Please call ahead. 
  • No after-hours drop-offs at this time. We ask you to keep the wildlife in a secure box in a quiet place. Please call during our normal business hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm, and weekends 8:30 am-5 pm. 
  • Clients are not allowed to enter the Tufts Wildlife Clinic at this time.
  • If you have found an animal that poses a high risk of rabies (raccoon, skunk, woodchuck, or bat), please do not touch the animal. Read about sick or injured animals.  

Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic

  • Call for an appointment.
  • Call upon arrival. 
  • Open in a limited capacity to help ensure the safety of all who work and visit the clinic.   
  • Clients are not allowed to enter Tufts at Tech. 
  • Veterinary staff will meet owners at their cars to receive and discharge patients. 

Luke & Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic

  • Shelter partners may call for an appointment.
  • Call upon arrival.
  • Clients are not allowed to enter Lerner Clinic. 
  • Veterinary staff will meet shelter partners and clients at their cars to receive and discharge patients. 

Tufts Veterinary Field Service (Woodstock, CT)

  • Open for all large-animal species.
  • Clients are required to wear masks if in the building.
  • Please contact our office by phone (860-974-2780) to arrange appointments and pick-up of medications.

Tufts VETS (Walpole, MA)