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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…

Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore

Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore

Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore

Martha Smith-Blackmore is an internationally recognized veterinarian with deep animal welfare and veterinary forensics experience. She is a leader in the field of veterinary, shelter & forensic veterinary medicine; an engaging public speaker; a compassionate and effective manager. A talented animal advocate, Dr. Smith is known for her appropriate and balanced scientific approach. She is passionate about good quality of life for all animals and people. Dr. Smith works to protect animals because protecting animals helps to protect all of us.

Dr. Smith-Blackmore is a research assistant professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and she is a recipient of the school's Childers Award for extraordinary contributions to student education. She is also an associate member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the National Sheriffs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  Dr. Smith is the chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Welfare Committee, and past-president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

Dr. Smith-Blackmore's forensics career was launched at the MSPCA and continued to develop over her 14 year career at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, working with a variety of police departments, animal control departments and prosecutors. Dr. Smith has contributed to the successful prosecution of cases of simple animal abuse, intentional abuse & torture, animal sexual abuse and animal fighting.

A graduate of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Dr. Smith is internship trained at the MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center. She has worked as a shelter veterinarian, director of veterinary medicine, interim president and vice president of animal welfare at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. When the increasing demand for veterinary forensic work forced a choice between administrative duties and protecting animals, Dr. Smith knew there was no choice.  Hence, FVI!