Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Deborah E Linder

Research Assistant Professor

Clinical Nutrition, Obesity Clinic
Head of Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals
Clinical Nutrition Service

Campus Phone:
508-839-5395 ext. 84696



  • 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)