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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…

Spay/Neuter Externships in Shelter Medicine

Students participating in surgery elective at the Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic

Students participating in surgery elective at the Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic

Many veterinary students choose to gain additional surgical training by participating in off campus spay/neuter experiences. In addition to the programs offered at Cummings School at The Luke & Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic, there are opportunities which are hosted by outside organizations around the nation and the world.

Students can get involved as early as their first year by volunteering on their own but should note that some programs are only available during their clinical year and may require the students to fund their own travel.

The most widely known spay/neuter training program is at the Humane Alliance in North Carolina. Information about their program can be found on their website.

Additionally, information for the following organizations can be found in the student opportunities data base.

  • Pet Partners
    Friends of Animals, New Jersey
    Second Chance Animal Shelter, North Brookfield MA

Off campus opportunities for pre-clinical students to participate in a surgical program are listed here: