Appointment Roster Growing Steadily at the New Clinic at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School
BOSTON and Danvers, Mass. Feb. 14, 2020 – It’s been less than three months since the MSPCA-Angell opened its latest fully immersive academic and clinical training program at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School, and the clinic is already busy.
Today the organization announced that Angell at Essex’s 100th patient visit was a special one indeed: a pair of nine-week-old Basset Hound puppies stopped by on Wednesday, Feb. 12, for routine care—and to capture the hearts of Medical Director Erin Turowski and the students who assist with animal care at the fast-growing clinic.
“It’s a special day whenever puppies are in the building, but this was an especially gratifying visit because we had previously cared for the family’s older Basset Hound, who needed surgery several weeks ago to remove two benign cysts, and who is recovering so well,” said Dr. Turowski.
The puppies, named “Stanley” and “Pearl,” and owned by John and Sally Iwanicki of Merrimac, Mass., came in for exams and first vaccines.
“This included a general health exam during which we evaluated their teeth, checked for hernias and heart murmurs, and vaccinated them,” said Dr. Turowski. “Fortunately, Stanley and Pearl are in wonderful shape, with no health concerns at all.”
For John and Sally, the visit was a wonderful opportunity to re-connect with the clinic, including the students who took care of their older Basset hound, Louie.
“We’re so happy with the level of care at Angell at Essex and it’s clear to us that Dr. Turowski has created an environment in which the students are maximizing their exposure to animal patients—and the patients benefit so much from that added attention,” said John.
Angell at Essex, which opened its doors to the public in December 2019, reserves a portion of its appointment schedule for discounted spay and neuter services, vaccinations and basic veterinary care for cats, dogs and other pets. Remaining appointments serve the general public in the area who are seeking quality care for their pets.
Teaching (and healing) Together
Essex Tech students interested in a career in veterinary medicine perform basic tasks such as client and patient intake, record keeping and appointment setting, as well as handling of animals, all supervised under the direction of their licensed classroom instructors, and with guidance from Dr. Turowski.
Angell at Essex is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the year. The clinic does not provide overnight care, specialty care or 24/7 emergency service, as Angell’s Boston and Waltham facilities do, but refers cases as appropriate to surrounding specialty veterinary referral hospitals. Appointments can be scheduled via phone at 978-304-4648.