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.


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

Board Certification

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (DACVN)
  1. Yu MK, Freeman LM, Heinze CR, Parker VJ, Linder DE. Comparison of complication rates in dogs with nasoesophageal versus nasogastric feeding tubes. J Vet Emer Crit Care. 2013; 23(3):300-4.
  2. Linder, DE. Weighing in on obesity: prevention, treatment and management. Vet Nurse 2012;3(8):502- 507.
  3. Linder DE, Freeman LM, Morris P, German AJ, Biourge V, Heinze C, Alexander L. Theoretical evaluation of risk for nutritional deficiency with caloric restriction in dogs. Vet Quart 2012; 32:123-9.
  4. Linder DE, Freeman LM. Evaluation of calorie density and feeding directions for commercially available diets designed for weight loss in dogs and cats. J Am Vet Med Assoc, 2010; 236:74-77.
  5. Weaver LA, Blaze CA, Linder D, Andrutis KA, Karas AZ. A model for clinical evaluation of perioperative analgesia in the rabbit. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci, 2010; 49:845-851. 

General Research Interests

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

Selected Research Projects

  • Optimal nutrient profile of weight loss diets


  • 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)