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COVID-19 Guidance: Guidance and operational updates for Cummings School and its veterinary teaching hospitals

Notice to Foster Hospital Clients

UPDATE 9/21/21

We are again able to accept small animal patients in our critical care unit. We ask that you continue to always call 508-839-5395 prior to coming to the emergency room. 

The situation we are facing in veterinary practices across the country is the result of many inter-related factors, with the consequences being exacerbated because of the COVID-19 pandemic. More pets, higher demand for extensive veterinary services, staff shortages and the realities of delivering care during a pandemic has decreased our ability to maintain high case throughput. This has resulted in the urgent and emergency care hospitals, on occasion, having more cases present than they can accommodate. 

Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine has experienced these same pressures. Over the last 18 months, we have had to limit the number of patients we accept into the hospital to the number that our facilities and our staff can properly care for. 

We understand the impact this situation had on pet owners and the pets they love, and the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and Tufts University remain committed to providing the highest quality of care and serving as many clients and pets as is possible. Thank you for your patience. 

Important COVID-19 Guidance from Foster Hospital

Foster Hospital for Small Animals:  Open for limited appointments and for essential and life-threatening emergency care. Please call ahead. Clients are no longer allowed to enter Foster Hospital. Veterinary staff will meet owners at their cars to receive and discharge patients.  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.


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


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

Pet Loss Support Group via Zoom

Please join our Live Support Group Via Zoom!

Tuesday, November 16th from 5:00-6:00 pm EST

Study Buddies

Professor Cheryl London spoke with AKC Family Dog about the benefits of companion animal clinical trials, including a current lymphoma trial at Foster Hospital.

First Line of Communication

Nicole Swanson always attended the Cummings School open house as a kid and is now proud to be a part of the Foster Hospital team as an adult.

A Voice for the Unsung Heroes

As a vet tech, Michael Santasieri enjoyed teaching. When a new tech training job at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals was created, he knew it was the perfect fit.

Face masks pose a danger to animals and wildlife, according to veterinarians

Small-animal surgery resident Catherine Stecyk spoke with The Grafton News about a new hazard she’s been seeing during the pandemic—pets ingesting face masks.

Connecting Through Kindness

From clients to his employees at the Foster Hospital, Paul Hogan focuses on positivity and finding solutions.

Investigating Cancer Treatments’ Cardiovascular Effects

Tufts’ human and veterinary medical researchers collaborate to prevent and better treat cardiovascular damage in people and pets who have survived cancer

Seeing Further

As a veterinary technician working in nuclear medicine and CT, Josh Peters has the unique capability to help reveal health issues in animals of all sizes

Vets urge dog owners to keep masks out of reach after several emergencies

Boston 25 News reports on risks related to pets ingesting face masks, following an emergency surgery at Foster Hospital performed by resident and alumna Catherine Stecyk.

Face Masks Pose a Health Risk to Animals

Veterinarians warn pet owners to keep dogs away from masks—and urge all to properly dispose of used face coverings

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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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Contact Information

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