Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Linda Ross

Nephrology, Treatment of Renal Failure

A board-certified specialist in small animal internal medicine, Dr. Linda Ross handles all kinds of small animal cases, but her special interest is nephrology, urology and endocrinology. She teaches courses in the pathophysiology of the urinary and endocrine systems as well as nephrology/urology and endocrinology in the small animal medicine and surgery course.

Dr. Ross grew up in a suburb of Chicago. When she was very young, her grandfather owned a dairy farm in Wisconsin that her family visited. The visits fostered a life ambition to own a farm. She later channeled that experience into becoming a veterinarian.

Shortly after completing her residency, Dr. Ross came to Tufts as one of its first faculty members. She had done an internship in New England, loved the area, and enjoyed the challenge of helping to develop a new veterinary school. Dr. Ross most enjoys teaching and being with the many great and committed people who work here at the Cummings School, she says.

Dr. Ross also handles dialysis for dogs and cats in acute kidney failure. It is very gratifying to be able to provide this sophisticated treatment and help animals survive that would otherwise likely die, she says. Dr. Ross also performs other specialized procedures for diseases of the kidneys and bladder. For example, cystoscopy involves passing a small camera into the urinary bladder to look for abnormalities, take biopsies and perform other procedures. It's a great technique that allows us to make a diagnosis without surgery, she says. One thing we can do with the cystoscope is laser lithotripsy, which is breaking up stones with a laser—a method of treatment that also avoids surgery.

Dr. Ross was elected to the Cummings School's Faculty Hall of Fame several years ago, an honor that means a great deal to her.

Education

  • DVM - University of Illinois - 1974
  • MS - University of Georgia - 1980

Board Certification

  • ACVIM (SA Internal Medicine)

Hemolytic anemia after ingestion of the natural hair dye lawsonia inermis (henna) in a dog

Author(s):Jardes, D.J. | Ross, L.A. | Markovich, J.E.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Current techniques in peritoneal dialysis

Author(s):Ross, L.A. | Labato, M.A.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Peritoneal Dialysis

Author(s):Ross, L.A. | Labato, M.A.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice

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

Acute Kidney Injury in Dogs and Cats

Author(s):Ross, L.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice

Retrospective immunohistochemical detection of leptospira in dogs with renal pathology

Author(s):Ross, L. | Jakowski, R. | Bolin, C. | Kiupel, M.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: International Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine

Estimation of glomerular filtration rate in dogs by plasma clearance of gadolinium diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid as measured by use of an ELISA

Author(s):Nolan, B.G. | Ross, L.A. | Vaccaro, D.E. | Groman, E.V. | Reinhardt, C.P.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Diabetes insipidus

Author(s):Rossi, T.A. | Ross, L.A.
Publication year: 2008
Journal / Book title: Compendium: Continuing Education For Veterinarians

Guidelines for the identification, evaluation, and management of systemic hypertension in dogs and cats

Author(s):Brown, S. | Atkins, C. | Bagley, R. | Carr, A. | Cowgill, L. | Davidson, M. | Egner, B. | Elliott, J. | Henik, R. | Labato, M. | Littman, M. | Polzin, D. | Ross, L. | Snyder, P. | Stepien, R.
Publication year: 2007
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Peritoneal dialysis

Author(s):Ross, L.A. | Labato, M.A.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice

Serum concentrations of the third component of complement in healthy dogs and dogs with protein-losing nephropathy

Author(s):Acierno, M.J. | Labato, M.A. | Stern, L.C. | Mukherjee, J. | Jakowski, R.M. | Ross, L.A.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

The effect of tiletamine and zolazepam on isoflurane minimum alveolar concentration in goats

Author(s):Doherty, T.J. | Rohrbach, B.W. | Ross, L. | Schultz, H.
Publication year: 2002
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Familial glomerulonephropathy in a litter of Beagles

Author(s):Rha, J.-Y. | Labato, M.A. | Ross, L.A. | Breitschwerdt, E. | Alroy, J.
Publication year: 2000
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging of cavernous sinus enlargement in a dog with unilateral exophthalmos

Author(s):Tidwell, A.S. | Ross, L.A. | Kleine, L.J.
Publication year: 1997
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound

Hypertension and chronic renal failure.

Author(s):Ross, L.A.
Publication year: 1992
Journal / Book title: Seminars in veterinary medicine and surgery (small animal)

Canine leptospirosis. A retrospective study of 17 cases.

Author(s):Rentko, V.T. | Clark, N. | Ross, L.A. | Schelling, S.H.
Publication year: 1992
Journal / Book title: Journal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Plasma disappearance of creatinine as a renal function test in the dog

Author(s):Labato, M.A. | Ross, L.A.
Publication year: 1991
Journal / Book title: Research in Veterinary Science

Reduction of hydronephrosis and hydroureter associated with ectopic ureters in two dogs after ureterovesical anastomosis.

Author(s):Ross, L.A. | Lamb, C.R.
Publication year: 1990
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Land use associations and changes in population indices of urban raccoons during a rabies epizootic.

Author(s):Anthony, J.A. | Childs, J.E. | Glass, G.E. | Korch, G.W. | Ross, L. | Grigor, J.K.
Publication year: 1990
Journal / Book title: Journal of wildlife diseases

Fluid therapy for acute and chronic renal failure.

Author(s):Ross, L.A.
Publication year: 1989
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice

General Research Interests

  • Nephrology/Urology

Selected Research Projects

  1. Evaluation of the safety of extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy in cats.
  2. Retrospective evaluation of kidney and liver tissue samples for evidence of leptospirosis.
  3. Assessment of complement C3 levels and antibody-antigen levels in normal dogs and dogs with glomerulonephritis.

Research Interests by Area

Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Acute kidney injury, protein-losing nephropathy in dogs, interstitial nephritis, glomerulonephritis, leptospirosis, evaluation and measurement of renal function, urinary tract infections in dogs and cats

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Renal Diseases
  • Renal disease in dogs and cats. Safety evaluation of extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy in cats, prevalence of canine leptospirosis, pathophysiology of canine glomerulonephritis

Major Specialized Equipment

  • Hemodialysis
  • Cytoscope
  • Laser for Lithotripsy
  • Urodynamic Tesing Equipment
  • MRI