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.
MS, Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences -, 2016
DVM, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, 2009
BS, Duke University, 2005
American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN)
Client Education & Communication
Human-Animal Interaction (HAI)
Selected Research Projects
Optimal nutrient profile of weight-loss diets
Research and Clinical Interests
Obesity Management in Dogs and Cats
Collaborative Obesity Projects in Human and Animal Health
Human Animal Interaction (HAI) in Clinical Practice and Research
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.
Linder, DE. Weighing in on obesity: prevention, treatment and management. Vet Nurse 2012;3(8):502- 507.
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.
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.
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.
ISAZ Member (International Society for Anthrozoology)
AAVN Member (American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition)
BNORC Member (Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center)