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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…

Residency in Shelter Medicine

The Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University offers a residency in Shelter Medicine as part of the Tufts Shelter Medicine Program. The residency is made possible thanks to the generosity of Maddie’s Fund. Qualifications include graduation from an accredited College of Veterinary Medicine and completion of an internship program or equivalent experience as well as a strong interest in a career in Shelter Medicine. This program presently utilizes the clinical facilities and surgical caseloads of The Foster Hospital for Small Animals located at Cummings School, 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, MA, The Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic also located on the Cummings School campus and the Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic, located in nearby Worcester. In addition, the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Resident also spends time at area shelter partners.

A resident performs a procedure at Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic

A resident performs a procedure at Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic

The residency is a three-year program structured to meet the requirements established by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners for the Shelter Medicine Specialty. The resident spends the equivalent of about 75 weeks working in shelter practice (including high quality high volume spay/neuter) and of about 50 weeks working in the Community Practice setting. The remainder of the time is spent on other required rotations which include: Animal Behavior, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Small Animal Medicine, Exotics, and Pathology. The program provides opportunities to attend conferences and trainings. Residents actively participate in the instruction of veterinary students in the hospital clinics, and the Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic.

The Tufts Shelter Medicine Program at Cummings School has a resident from 2015-2017. Should a position become available, it will be posted on the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP) site, sponsored by the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians.