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Shelter Medicine Program
What is shelter medicine?
Students prepare for spay/neuter clinic

Shelter Medicine is a field of veterinary medicine dedicated to the care and needs of underserved animals. At Tufts, the Shelter Medicine Program works with underserved animals such as community cats, shelter animals and animals belonging to pet owners in need, while teaching students practice-ready skills. A host of area partners work with the school to provide opportunities for students to observe and gain experience working in shelters in Massachusetts. Learn more…

About Shelter Medicine

Program History

The Tufts Shelter Medicine Program at Cummings School was founded in 2006 with the mission “to care for underserved animals in our community while providing hands-on learning opportunities to veterinary students.” Learn more about the history of the program and view our timeline.

See our timeline for the Shelter Medicine Program.

Meet the Team

At the microscope

Learn more about our program director, Dr. Emily McCobb, and the rest of the team that makes Shelter Medicine happen.