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

Luke & Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic

The Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic (LSNC) provides students at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University with opportunities for surgical training while serving pets in need.


Drs McCobb and Paul at Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic

Student at Lerner Spay/Neuter ClinicIntroduction to Small Animal Anesthesia and Surgery Techniques

The Introduction to Small Animal Anesthesia and Surgery Techniques (ISAAST) lab allows third-year veterinary candidates to apply their surgery and anesthesia knowledge in a practical setting. Under the careful supervision of veterinarians, students perform pre-operative exams, pre-anesthetic blood analysis and ovariohysterectomy (spay surgery).

The lab runs weekly—August through March—and accepts ten healthy female dogs each week under the following guidelines:

  • the dog must have no known cardiac, respiratory, dermatologic or metabolic diseases,
  • must be between 14 weeks and seven years old
  • weigh between 10–65 pounds
  • be non-aggressive
  • and be comfortable with confinement in a cage overnight

Brachycephalic breeds, such as bulldogs and pugs, are accepted only on a case by case basis.

Currently, there is no cost associated with this lab and it is open to 501(c)(3) organizations and low-income owners. The Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic has a waiting list for privately owned dogs and will contact owners on an as-needed basis.

Please contact the Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic for scheduling information and further questions.

Mailing Address

200 Westboro Rd.
North Grafton, MA 01536
Phone: 508-887-4326
Fax: 508-887-4563