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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. McCobb received her veterinary degree from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2000 and 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. 


  • 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
  1. Southland, A., Dowling-Guyer, S., McCobb, E. 2019. Effect of Visitor Perspective on Adoption Decisions at One Animal Shelter. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
  2. Vinic, T., Dowling-Guyer, S., Lindenmayer, J., Lindsay, A., Panofsky, R., McCobb, E. 2019. Survey of Massachusetts Animal Shelter Record-Keeping Practices in 2015. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
  3. Mueller, M.K., Chubb, S., Wolfus, G., McCobb, E. 2018. Assessment of canine health and preventative care outcomes of a community medicine program. Preventive Veterinary Medicine.
  4. McCobb, E., Rozanski, E.A., Malcolm, E.L., Wolfus, G., Rush, J.E. 2018. A novel model for teaching primary care in a community practice setting: Tufts at tech community veterinary clinic. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.
  5. Intarapanich, N.P., Touroo, R.M., Rozanski, E.A., Reisman, R.W., Intarapanich, P.P., McCobb, E.C. 2017. Characterization and comparison of injuries caused by spontaneous versus organized dogfighting. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  6. LaVallee, E., Mueller, M.K., McCobb, E. 2017. A Systematic Review of the Literature Addressing Veterinary Care for Underserved Communities. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
  7. Welch, T., Coe, J.B., Niel, L., McCobb, E. 2017. A survey exploring factors associated with 2890 companion-rabbit owners’ knowledge of rabbit care and the neuter status of their companion rabbit. Preventive Veterinary Medicine.
  8. Benka, V., McCobb, E. 2016. The authors respond. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  9. Benka, V.A., McCobb, E. 2016. Characteristics of cats sterilized through a subsidized, reduced-cost spay-neuter program in massachusetts and of owners who had cats sterilized through this program. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  10. 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. 2016. The association of shelter veterinarians’ 2016 veterinary medical care guidelines for spay-neuter programs. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  11. Intarapanich, N.P., McCobb, E.C., Reisman, R.W., Rozanski, E.A., Intarapanich, P.P. 2016. Characterization and Comparison of Injuries Caused by Accidental and Non-accidental Blunt Force Trauma in Dogs and Cats. Journal of Forensic Sciences.
  12. Glasere, M.E., McCobb, E. 2016. How can veterinarians report animal abuse if they don’t know who to report it to?. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  13. Lenihan, D., McCobb, E., Diurba, A., Linder, D., Freeman, L. 2016. Measuring the Effects of Reading Assistance Dogs on Reading Ability and Attitudes in Elementary Schoolchildren. Journal of Research in Childhood Education.
  14. McCobb, E., Dowling-Guyer, S. 2016. Welfare assessments for long-term housing in animal shelters. Veterinary Record.
  15. Shabelansky, A., Dowling-Guyer, S., Quist, H., D'Arpino, S.S., McCobb, E. 2015. Consistency of shelter dogs' behavior toward a fake versus real stimulus dog during a behavior evaluation. Applied Animal Behaviour Science.
  16. Wendelburg, K.M., O’toole, T.E., McCobb, E., Price, L.L., Lyons, J.A., Berg, J. 2014. Risk factors for perioperative death in dogs undergoing splenectomy for splenic masses: 539 cases (2001–2012). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  17. Broadley, H.M., McCobb, E.C., Slater, M.R. 2014. Effect of single-cat versus multi-cat home history on perceived behavioral stress in domestic cats (Felis silvestrus catus) in an animal shelter. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
  18. Jones, S., Dowling-Guyer, S., Patronek, G.J., Marder, A.R., Segurson D'Arpino, S., McCobb, E. 2014. Use of Accelerometers to Measure Stress Levels in Shelter Dogs. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
  19. Cook, A.J., McCobb, E. 2012. Quantifying the Shelter Rabbit Population: An Analysis of Massachusetts and Rhode Island Animal Shelters. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
  20. Markovich, J.E., Ross, L., McCobb, E. 2012. The Prevalence of Leptospiral Antibodies in Free Roaming Cats in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

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


  • Pain management
  • Euthanasia
  • Shelter policy

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

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