Emily McCobb - DVM, DACVAA

Emily McCobb
Anesthesia, Pain Medicine
Director, Shelter and Community Medicine and Assistant Director, Center for Animals and Public Policy

Emily McCobb, DVM, MS, DACVAA, is Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and also directs the school’s Shelter Medicine Program. Her interests are in stress, pain and quality of life, and in preparing veterinary students to provide excellent anesthesia in general practice. Dr. McCobbreceived her veterinary degree from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2000and completed a rotating internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in 2001. After some time in private practice and obtaining a Masters of Animals and Public Policy, she returned to the Cummings School for a residency in Anesthesiology and Pain Management in 2003.She achieved board certification in 2006 and worked to start the anesthesia and surgery services at Tufts Vets, before joining the faculty of the Cummings School in the anesthesia section and the Center for Animals and Public Policy in 2009.

Education

  • MS - Animals & Public Policy - 2002
  • DVM - Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine - 2000
  • BS - Claremont McKenna College - 1995

House Officer Training

  • Rotating Small Animal Internship - Angell Memorial Hospital
  • Residency - Anesthesiology 2003-2006

Board Certification

  • ACVAA - 2006

Characteristics of cats sterilized through a subsidized, reduced-cost spay-neuter program in massachusetts and of owners who had cats sterilized through this program

Author(s):Benka, V.A. | McCobb, E.
Publication year: 2016
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

The association of shelter veterinarians’ 2016 veterinary medical care guidelines for spay-neuter programs

Author(s):Griffin, B. | Bushby, P.A. | McCobb, E. | White, S.C. | Rigdon-Brestle, Y.K. | Appel, L.D. | Makolinski, K.V. | Wilford, C.L. | Bohling, M.W. | Eddlestone, S.M. | Farrell, K.A. | Ferguson, N. | Harrison, K. | Howe, L.M. | Isaza, N.M. | Levy, J.K. | Looney, A. | Moyer, M.R. | Robertson, S.A. | Tyson, K.
Publication year: 2016
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

How can veterinarians report animal abuse if they don’t know who to report it to?

Author(s):Glasere, M.E. | McCobb, E.
Publication year: 2016
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Measuring the Effects of Reading Assistance Dogs on Reading Ability and Attitudes in Elementary Schoolchildren

Author(s):Lenihan, D. | McCobb, E. | Diurba, A. | Linder, D. | Freeman, L.
Publication year: 2016
Journal / Book title: Journal of Research in Childhood Education

Welfare assessments for long-term housing in animal shelters

Author(s):McCobb, E. | Dowling-Guyer, S.
Publication year: 2016
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Record

Characterization and Comparison of Injuries Caused by Accidental and Non-accidental Blunt Force Trauma in Dogs and Cats

Author(s):Intarapanich, N.P. | Mccobb, E.C. | Reisman, R.W. | Rozanski, E.A. | Intarapanich, P.P.
Publication year: 2016
Journal / Book title: Journal of Forensic Sciences

Consistency of shelter dogs' behavior toward a fake versus real stimulus dog during a behavior evaluation

Author(s):Shabelansky, A. | Dowling-Guyer, S. | Quist, H. | D'Arpino, S.S. | McCobb, E.
Publication year: 2015
Journal / Book title: Applied Animal Behaviour Science

Effect of single-cat versus multi-cat home history on perceived behavioral stress in domestic cats (Felis silvestrus catus) in an animal shelter

Author(s):Broadley, H.M. | McCobb, E.C. | Slater, M.R.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery

Use of Accelerometers to Measure Stress Levels in Shelter Dogs

Author(s):Jones, S. | Dowling-Guyer, S. | Patronek, G.J. | Marder, A.R. | Segurson D'Arpino, S. | McCobb, E.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science

Risk factors for perioperative death in dogs undergoing splenectomy for splenic masses: 539 cases (2001–2012)

Author(s):Wendelburg, K.M. | O’toole, T.E. | McCobb, E. | Price, L.L. | Lyons, J.A. | Berg, J.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Quantifying the Shelter Rabbit Population: An Analysis of Massachusetts and Rhode Island Animal Shelters

Author(s):Cook, A.J. | McCobb, E.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science

The Prevalence of Leptospiral Antibodies in Free Roaming Cats in Worcester County, Massachusetts

Author(s):Markovich, J.E. | Ross, L. | McCobb, E.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

The veterinarian's role in animal cruelty cases

Author(s):Benetato, M.A. | Reisman, R. | McCobb, E.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Use of wound soaker catheters for the administration of local anesthetic for post-operative analgesia: 56 cases

Author(s):Abelson, A.L. | McCobb, E.C. | Shaw, S. | Armitage-Chan, E. | Wetmore, L.A. | Karas, A.Z. | Blaze, C.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Pacemaker Implantation in a Ferret (Mustela putorius furo) With Third-Degree Atrioventricular Block

Author(s):Sanchez-Migallon Guzman, D. | Mayer, J. | Melidone, R. | McCarthy, R.J. | McCobb, E. | Kavirayani, A. | Rush, J.E.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Exotic Animal Practice

Assessment of stress levels among cats in four animal shelters

Author(s):McCobb, E.C. | Patronek, G.J. | Marder, A. | Dinnage, J.D. | Stone, M.S.
Publication year: 2005
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Thunderstorm phobia in dogs: An internet survey of 69 cases

Author(s):McCobb, E.C. | Brown, E.A. | Damiani, K. | Dodman, N.H.
Publication year: 2001
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association

General Research Interests

  • Companion animal management policy
  • Stress and pain management
  • Subjective scoring systems

Research and Clinical Interests

  • Pain and stress assessment
  • Clinical pharmacology of opioids
  • Novel uses of local anesthetics

Teaching

  • Pain management
  • Euthanasia
  • Shelter policy

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Human Animal Interaction (HAI)
  • Population medicine, animal shelters, human-animal bond.
  • Anesthesiology