Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Cailin R. Heinze


As a veterinary nutritionist, Dr. Cailin Heinze strives to optimize the nutritional needs of animals hospitalized at the Cummings School's on-campus hospitals, the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, Tufts Wildlife Clinic, and the Hospital for Large Animals. As one of Tufts' two veterinary faculty who serve as Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, Dr. Heinze helps to deliver the service, academic mentoring and research that comprise the nutrition service at the Foster Hospital.

Growing up on a small hobby farm outside of Pittsburgh, Dr. Heinze idolized her family's farm veterinarian from an early age. By the time she was seven, she says, she was certain that she would become a veterinarian. A strong interest in biochemistry, problem solving and working with people and animals led her to study biological sciences at Goucher College prior to earning her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After working in private practice for a few years, Dr. Heinze moved to the University of California at Davis for a veterinary residency in small animal clinical nutrition and a master's degree in nutritional biology.

Dr. Heinze joined the Tufts faculty in early 2011, drawn by its strong reputation for excellence in both human and companion animal nutrition and the opportunity to collaborate with clinicians and scientists both at the veterinary school and at surrounding research universities and institutions, including Tufts' Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston.

In addition to her clinical duties, which include nutrition consultations for both hospital inpatients and outpatients,Dr. Heinze also serves as a facilitator for the Accelerated Clinical Excellence program, leads elective student clinical nutrition rotations, facilitates within the second-year problem-based learning (PBL) course and teaches continuing education courses for other veterinarians both locally and nationally. She also teaches in the Feeds and Feedingcourse and lectures throughout the four-year veterinary curriculum.

Dr. Heinze lives in nearby Northborough, MA, and enjoys hiking, camping, running and horseback riding—as well as cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers football team. She has two cockatiels, Keegan and Calloway.


  • MS - Nutritional Biology - University of California, Davis - 2010
  • UC Davis - Small Animal Clinical Nutrition - 2007-2009 (Residency)
  • VMD - University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine - 2004
  • BA - Biological Sciences - Goucher College - 2000

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN)

Effect of diet on brain metabolites and behavior in spontaneously hypertensive rats

Author(s):Liso Navarro, A.A. | Sikoglu, E.M. | Heinze, C.R. | Rogan, R.C. | Russell, V.A. | King, J.A. | Moore, C.M.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Behavioural Brain Research

Comparison of the nutrient composition of commercial dog milk replacers with that of dog milk

Author(s):Heinze, C.R. | Freeman, L.M. | Martin, C.R. | Power, M.L. | Fascetti, A.J.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Analysis of thiamine concentrations in commercial canned foods formulated for cats

Author(s):Markovich, J.E. | Freeman, L.M. | Heinze, C.R.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Thiamine deficiency in dogs and cats

Author(s):Markovich, J.E. | Heinze, C.R. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Comparison of complication rates in dogs with nasoesophageal versus nasogastric feeding tubes

Author(s):Yu, M.K. | Freeman, L.M. | Heinze, C.R. | Parker, V.J. | Linder, D.E.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Assessment of commercial diets and recipes for home-prepared diets recommended for dogs with cancer

Author(s):Heinze, C.R. | Gomez, F.C. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Effect of dietary omega-3 fatty acids on red blood cell lipid composition and plasma metabolites in the cockatiel, Nymphicus hollandicus

Author(s):Heinze, C.R. | Hawkins, M.G. | Gillies, L.A. | Wu, X. | Walzem, R.L. | German, J.B. | Klasing, K.C.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of Animal Science

Theoretical evaluation of risk for nutritional deficiency with caloric restriction in dogs

Author(s):Linder, D.E. | Freeman, L.M. | Morris, P. | German, A.J. | Biourge, V. | Heinze, C. | Alexander, L.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Quarterly

Evaluation of recipes for home-prepared diets for dogs and cats with chronic kidney disease

Author(s):Larsen, J.A. | Parks, E.M. | Heinze, C.R. | Fascetti, A.J.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Plasma amino acid and whole blood taurine concentrations in cats eating commercially prepared diets

Author(s):Heinze, C.R. | Larsen, J.A. | Kass, P.H. | Fascetti, A.J.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

General Research Interests

  • Cancer
  • Renal Disease
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Companion Animal Nutrition


  • Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Feeds & Feeding
  • Small Animal Medicine
  • Clinical Nutrition

Research Interests by Area

Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Obesity, nutritional support of the cancer patient, and renal failure.

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Nutritional Basis of Diseases
  • Nutrition and cancer patients. Long chain fatty acids; reproductive/neonatal nutrition