Brick-and-Mortar Changes, Literally, at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine


When Tufts’s Foster Hospital for Small Animals was built in 1985, the goal was to provide care to some 12,000 dogs, cats, and other companion animals each year. That goal was long ago surpassed. Last year the hospital treated 28,000 patients, and that number is expected to grow by another 4,000 in 2014.

The good news: because of a $2.5 million grant from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Trust and another $2.5 million generously donated by Connecticut couple Travis and Anne Engen, the school is well on its way to an $8 million overhaul that will help insure Tufts remains the Northeast’s most advanced veterinary treatment and education center. Indeed, the renovation and expansion will allow for even more state-of-the-art clinical care, which in turn is what allows for the state-of-the-art recommendations in these pages about what works to make — and keep — dogs healthy and what doesn’t.

For more information about the medical innovations planned for the Foster Hospital and what lies ahead to help make sure Tufts reaches its goal, visit


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