February 3, 2014
BOSTON and Waltham, Mass. Feb. 3, 2014 – The MSPCA-Angell in Boston announced today the opening of the MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham. The new animal hospital, located at 293 Second Avenue, offers internal medicine, surgery, cardiology and twenty-four-hour emergency and critical care services in a location convenient to the hundreds of current Angell Animal Medical Center clients and referring veterinary practices already living and practicing in the area. The facility will also offer specialized avian and exotics medicine beginning in March.
Starting immediately specialty veterinary appointments at MSPCA-Angell West will be available Monday through Friday, with weekend and evening appointment availability to be announced in the near future.
The opening of the new facility marks a new chapter in the 100-year history of Angell, one in which clients and general practice veterinarians in and around Waltham will have access to both skilled clinicians in 15 different medical specialties as well as Angell’s full-service laboratory in Boston, featuring the latest imaging technology. Moreover, Waltham and Boston will be completely integrated through shared technology, allowing, for example, a patient radiograph taken in Waltham to be interpreted by Angell radiologists in Boston.
For Angell’s chief of staff, Dr. Ann Marie Manning, the new operation is a game-changer for the venerable animal hospital. “We’ve heard from many clients and referring veterinarians who want the same level of care they have always received in Boston to be more conveniently available,” she said. Dr. Manning also underscored the need for a round-the-clock emergency and critical care facility in the area. “No matter the emergency or time of day—whether a family dog has been struck by a car or a pet cat has ingested a poisonous substance—the emergency room in Waltham will be open.”
The MSPCA expects the new facility will also serve as a regional hub for animal welfare advocacy and public education campaigns, homeless animal adoption events and animal cruelty investigations. While space in the new facility does not allow for a permanent adoption center, there may be future opportunities for special adoption events—in which animals sheltered at the MSPCA’s other adoption centers are brought to Waltham to promote homeless animal adoption in the city.
Bringing Renowned Veterinary Care and Jobs to Waltham
Once fully operational, MSPCA-Angell West will bring 35 high-quality veterinary and animal welfare-related jobs to Waltham. Nearly a third of the forecasted staff—including board certified specialty veterinarians and technicians—have already been hired. MSPCA-Angell West will not offer general medicine services as dozens of general practice veterinarians in the area already offer excellent wellness coverage.
Carter Luke, president of the MSPCA-Angell, expressed confidence that the time to expand the organization’s services to MetroWest has come. “Opening our new facility in Waltham is a win for veterinarians already in the area, for clients and—most especially—for animals,” he said. “We’re confident we can exceed the lofty expectations set out for us by investing the same energy in resources in Waltham as we have in our other locations, which are successful operations that treat and otherwise take care of tens of thousands of animals every year.”
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The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions from individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mspcaangell