About the Clinical Nutrition Service

The Foster Hospital for Small Animal’s Clinical Nutrition Service offers in-person and telephone appointments to pet owners and case consultations to veterinarians within the Foster Hospital and throughout the country. Common services the Clinical Nutrition Service provides are:

  • Optimal commercial diet selection
  • Nutritional plans for pets with medical conditions such as kidney disease, heart disease, cancer and gastrointestinal disease
  • Assistance with nutritional management of pets with multiple medical conditions
  • Assisted (tube) feeding programs
  • Customized home-cooked diet formulations

Faculty Nutritionists

Dr. Lisa Freeman

Lisa Freeman – DVM, PhD, DACVN

Dr. Freeman is a veterinary nutritionist and a professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She is on the cutting-edge of science, with hundreds of articles in prestigious journals, speaking engagements at national and international conferences, and awards for her scientific achievements. However, she also is passionate about providing objective and accurate information on pet nutrition to veterinarians, pet owners, and other animal enthusiasts.

Dr. Cailin Heinze

Cailin Heinze – VMD, MS, DACVN

Dr. Cailin Heinze is a board-certified veterinary nutritionist at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine where she teaches biochemistry and clinical nutrition. She is an expert in home-cooked diet formulation and general pet nutrition and has a special interest in feeding pets with kidney disease and cancer. Dr Heinze has been featured in Eating Well, WebMD, Prevention magazine, and Dog Fancy and she regularly speaks at national and international veterinary conferences.

Dr. Deborah Linder

Deborah Linder – DVM, MS, DACVN

Dr. Deborah Linder, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, is the head of the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals and has had articles appear in Eating Well, the Boston Globe, AARP, SHAPE, and XM Sirius Radio Doctor Channel. She has spoken at national and international conferences and a Capitol Hill briefing, and is an expert in pet obesity, nutrition communication, and in the human-animal bond. 

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