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Important COVID-19 Guidance from Foster Hospital

Foster Hospital is open for emergency care only. Clients must call the ER before leaving home. (508-839-5395) Veterinary staff will meet pet owners at their cars to receive and discharge patients. Clients are no longer allowed to enter Foster Hospital. Non-urgent appointments will be rescheduled. Read full operations announcement.

Foster Hospital for Small Animals

Located 45 minutes west of Boston, the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals provides 24-hour emergency and specialty care for pets 365 days of the year.

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12/15/2016 - Grafton, Mass. - (at right) Alexis Pellegrino, a fourth-year Ross University student on an oncology rotation, meets Jeff Doyle and Butter, his eight-year-old bloodhound, in the lobby at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals on December 15, 2016. Jeff drove down from Vermont to bring Butter to her appointment and expected to wait for about four hours before going home. The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine recently completed an expansion and renovation of the lobby, examination rooms and areas of the ER at the on-campus hospital. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

Hours of Operation

Open 24 hours/365 days a year

508-839-5395

Emergency Number
508-839-5395 (option 3)

Clinical Trials

Faculty and staff of Cummings Veterinary Medical Center have the potential to improve quality of life for your pet by providing them with diagnostics and treatments that are still exploratory and otherwise not available. Participation in a clinical trial is completely voluntary and may offer several benefits. Contact our Clinical Trials Office for more information.

Featured Stories from Foster Hospital

Clinical Case Challenge: Feline Hair Loss

A ten-year-old female spayed domestic shorthair cat presented to Foster Hospital’s Dermatology and Allergy Service with a one-month history of progressive hair loss around her nose and below her eyes.

She Came for the Pets. She Stayed for the People

Veterinary assistant Kate Jolly—a Tufts at Tech alum—is the glue holding clinicians, owners, and students together in the Foster Hospital ER

How to Cope with Losing a Pet

Tufts’ veterinary social worker offers ways to process grief and build a new normal after a pet passes away

How Seasonal Allergies Affect Your Pet

Two Cummings School veterinary dermatologists offer advice for owners of cats and dogs with environmental and flea allergies.

Pet Loss Support Group via Zoom

Please join our Live Support Group Via Zoom!

Tuesday, June 9 from 5:00-6:00 PM

Can Pets Get or Spread COVID-19?

Cummings School scientists launch a study to better understand the novel coronavirus and how it may infect pets and other domestic animals

New Stay-At-Home Norm Could Impact Pet Anxiety

It’s not just humans who are having their schedules disrupted due to widespread stay-at-home orders. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil, V07, talked to Shari Small at WBZ NewsRadio about how the new norm is affecting our pets.

Hank Investigates: Animal hospitals loaning ventilators to help people with COVID-19

One of the biggest crises during this coronavirus pandemic is the tragic shortage of medical supplies and ventilators. 7News—WHDH Boston reports on how Cummings Veterinary Medical Center and other animal hospitals are answering the calls for help.

Massachusetts veterinary school loans out ventilators to support Boston hospital

Dean Alastair Cribb tells NBC News that the school’s facilities loaned out four ventilators and donated personal protective equipment to support hospital staff at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Animal Hospitals, Vets And Zoos Donate Use Of Ventilators To Treat Coronavirus Patients

The Huff Post reports on Tufts VETS and the Foster Hospital for Small Animals’ donations of ventilators to Tufts Medical Center as they prepare for more COVID-19 cases.

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Do you have emergency?

The Emergency Service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your pet. We serve central Massachusetts as a primary emergency hospital, and New England and beyond for referral of critically ill or injured pets.

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Grateful Clients

Soft Tissue Surgery

To Drs. Sarah CudneyKyra Knutson, and the radiology and surgical professionals — Drs. Annie WayneBrianna DalbethKaleigh PetersRobert McCarthy, Ms. Cassie Durand, Drs. Emily McCobb, Antonia DeJesus, Julien Fages, Mauricio Solano, and the technicians who treated our dog during her recent visit. We are so very grateful to you for your expertise, your care, and your outstanding communication with us about our dog. Her rapid recovery reflects the quality of her treatment. She has healed incredibly well in such a short time. She is back to her usual self already! Our most sincere thanks.

Dr. Cornejo

Please pass on my thanks for Dr. Lilian Cornejo’s update. This was one of the most informative and thorough reports I have received. I appreciate the time she took to prepare it.

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So many people helped us and our baby during his recent emergency surgery and aftercare. I wish I could personally thank you all—from reception to pharmacy, to the accountants who were so patient with us and accommodating, and of course all the doctors (Drs. Nikki Licht, Elizabeth Parsley, Laura Scoda), techs, and students (Claire Lyons V18, Alyson Bradshaw V18) that cared for him and gave him tons of love during your busy days. We truly appreciate all your help and are thrilled with his near perfect recovery. Thank you!

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I’ve brought all of my dogs to Tufts at one point or another, some were basic problems, others very serious, but the one thing that remains constant is the high level of care and compassion provided to my four-legged children. I’m forever grateful to have Tufts to turn to in emergencies and care that is beyond my regular vet.

Foster Hospital for Small Animals

Contact Information

55 Willard Street
North Grafton, MA 01536
Fax: 508-839-7951
Pharmacy: 508-887-4850

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