Nutrition Resources: Online Tools & Resources | Nutrition Services | FAQs | Publications by our Nutritionists | Petfoodology Blog

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Dr. Freeman from the Cardiology Service and Dr. Linder of the Nutrition Service help pet owners and their veterinarians incorporate nutrition into their pet’s wellness and treatment plans. The Nutrition Service has extensive experience in nutritional management of dogs and cats, from healthy animals to those with very complex health concerns.

Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionists

What does it mean to be a board certified veterinary nutritionist and why can you trust us to provide accurate, unbiased nutrition information for your pet?

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Pet Nutrition Basics

All animals have basic nutritional needs that must be met for them to live long, healthy lives.

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Best Food for Your Pet

Determine the quality of pet foods by learning how to read and understand labels and nutritional information.

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Pets with Health Problems

If your pet has heart or kidney disease, is overweight, or has other conditions, learn how the right pet food can help.

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Tools & Resources

We take the guesswork out of identifying evidence-based websites and tools that you can feel confident using.

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Meet Our Founders

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Lisa Freeman – D.V.M., Ph.D., DACVIM (Nutrition)

Dr. Freeman is a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist and a professor in the Cardiology Section at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She is on the cutting-edge of science, with hundreds of articles in prestigious journals, speaking engagements at national and international conferences, and awards for her scientific achievements. However, she also is passionate about providing objective and accurate information on nutrition for pets with heart disease to veterinarians, pet owners, and other animal enthusiasts.

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Cailin Heinze – V.M.D., M.S., DACVIM (Nutrition)

Dr. Cailin Heinze is a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist and the Chief Academic Officer of the Mark Morris Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote optimal companion animal health by providing educational opportunities for veterinary students and veterinarians in clinical nutrition. She also does some part-time consulting work for Balance IT, a company that makes software and supplements for home-cooked pet diets. Dr. Heinze has been featured in The Washington Post, Eating Well, WebMD, Prevention magazine, and Dog Fancy and she regularly speaks at national and international veterinary conferences.

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Deborah Linder – D.V.M., M.S., DACVIM (Nutrition)

Dr. Deborah Linder, a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist had articles appear in Eating Well, the Boston Globe, AARP, SHAPE, and XM Sirius Radio Doctor Channel. She has spoken at national and international conferences and a Capitol Hill briefing, and is an expert in pet obesity, nutrition communication, and in the human-animal bond.


Nutrition Service
55 Willard Street
North Grafton, MA 01536

Phone: 508-839-5395
Ask for the Nutrition Service liaison