Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Deborah E Linder

Clinical Nutrition, Obesity Clinic

Head of Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals
Clinical Nutrition Service
Dr. Deborah Linder is a 2009 graduate of the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, she completed a one year internship before returning to the Cummings School to complete a residency in clinical nutrition. She is board-certified in nutrition by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. Dr.Linder's interests include obesity management and effective client education. Dr.Linder has focused her research on safe and effective weight loss strategies for pets as well as how human-animal interaction affects health and wellness. As the head of the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals, she works to help overweight animals live longer and healthier lives. In her leisure time, Dr. Linder volunteers with the Tufts Paws for People Animal Visitation Group and enjoys hiking and running with her rescue dog, MD, and attending local sporting events.

Education

  • DVM - Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine - 2009
  • BS - Duke University - 2005

Board Certification

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (DACVN)

Pet obesity management: Beyond nutrition

Author(s):Linder, D. | Mueller, M.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice

2014 AAHA weight management guidelines for dogs and cats

Author(s):Brooks, D. | Churchill, J. | Fein, K. | Linder, D. | Michel, K.E. | Tudor, K. | Ward, E. | Witzel, A.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association

Association between subcutaneous fat thickness measured on thoracic radiographs and body condition score in dogs

Author(s):Linder, D.E. | Freeman, L.M. | Sutherland-Smith, J.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Status of selected nutrients in obese dogs undergoing caloric restriction

Author(s):Linder, D.E. | Freeman, L.M. | Holden, S.L. | Biourge, V. | German, A.J.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: BMC Veterinary Research

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

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

A model for clinical evaluation of perioperative analgesia in rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Author(s):Weaver, L.A. | Blaze, C.A. | Linder, D.E. | Andrutis, K.A. | Karas, A.Z.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science

Evaluation of calorie density and feeding directions for commercially available diets designed for weight loss in dogs and cats

Author(s):Linder, D.E. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

General Research Interests

  • Obesity Management
  • Client Education & Communication
  • Human Animal Interaction (HAI)

Selected Research Projects

  • Optimal nutrient profile of weight loss diets

Teaching

  • Small Animal Medicine course (Obesity lecture)
  • Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM)

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

Human Animal Interaction (HAI)
  • Research and clinical practice of HAI

Professional Organizations

  • AAVN Member (American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition)
  • BNORC Member (Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center)
  • AAH-ABV Member (The American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians)