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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

Triumphing over Tetanus

Not many dogs contract this infection—and many of those that do die. However, intensive care at the Foster Hospital saved two pets with severe tetanus in less than a year

The Plague, Rare but Still Around, Is Both Preventable and Treatable

The bacteria that caused the Black Death in the Middle Ages persists in the U.S. and abroad, but human deaths are largely avoidable With pandemic anxiety at a worldwide high because of COVID-19, the last… Read More

The Tele-Veterinarian Will See You Now

Some current clients of Foster Hospital for Small Animals can opt for virtual appointments, which benefit patients, veterinarians, and even students

A Deadly Rabbit Virus Spreads in the U.S.

Veterinarians urge pet owners to prepare for the arrival of rabbit hemorrhagic disease

Can a Human Drug Stop Life-Threatening Bleeding in Dogs with Traumatic Injuries?

Cummings School is part of a multi-institution study to assess if a new field treatment would benefit military working dogs—and maybe someday pets in hemorrhagic shock.

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.

When Mosquito and Tick Season Meets COVID-19

The outdoors have offered an escape from the pandemic, but summer weather brings the risk of EEE and Lyme disease

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.

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