Unparalleled Learning Environment for Tomorrow’s Veterinary Assistants Meets Quality Medical Care for Low Income Pet Owners
BOSTON and Westford, Mass. Feb. 2, 2016 – The next generation of highly trained veterinary assistants is set to emerge from Angell at Nashoba, a new veterinary clinic for low income pet owners that also serves as a rigorous academic and experiential training experience for students enrolled at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, the region’s premiere public, career-focused high school.
Angell at Nashoba, which opens its doors on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, provides discounted spay and neuter services, vaccinations and basic veterinary care for cats, dogs and other pets. The clinic’s services are offered exclusively to the region’s population of low income pet owners who cannot afford care for their animals at general veterinary practices.
Teaching (and healing) Together
Nashoba Valley Technical High School students interested in a career in veterinary medicine will perform basic tasks such as client and patient intake, record keeping, appointment setting and the like, all supervised under the direction of their licensed chapter 74 teacher, with guidance from Lisa Quinones, CVT and practice manager. “I’m so looking forward to training and mentoring the next generation of veterinary assistants in such a unique and demanding learning environment,” said Quinones.
The active, student-centered learning environment at Nashoba Valley Technical High School immerses the veterinary assistant students in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) environment from which they may go on to pursue further education and training to become certified veterinary technicians, or even become veterinarians themselves. The school already offers certified nursing and dental health assisting programs—and the veterinary assistant program adds further to its roster of health-related career options for students.
The clinic is the brainchild of Dr. Judith Klimkiewicz, Superintendent of Schools for Nashoba Valley Technical School District. “Angell at Nashoba builds on our long history of providing rigorous, valuable training to bright and compassionate students at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, and we are confident that this learning environment will prepare students for long and successful careers in veterinary medicine,” she said.
Quality Veterinary Care for Low-Income Pet Owners
Clients visiting Angell at Nashoba can expect the highest level of care for their animals—a standard that has defined the Angell Animal Medical Center brand for 100 years.
Dr. Laurence Sawyer has joined as medical director of Angell at Nashoba and will draw on her 15+ years of veterinary experience to deliver the highest levels of care to pets.
Said Dr. Sawyer: “The opening of this clinic marks an important chapter in Angell’s history in which we demonstrate, once again, a unique and innovative approach to ensuring that every pet owner—no matter their socioeconomic status—has access to basic medical care.”
Angell at Nashoba will be open weekdays from 7:45 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 will refer cases as appropriate to surrounding specialty veterinary referral hospitals. Appointments can be scheduled via phone at 978-577-5992.
About Angell Animal Medical Center
Angell Animal Medical Center cares for more than 60,000 animals a year and is one of the most acclaimed veterinary practices in the country. Angell has 88 doctors and an experienced support staff who work as a team to ensure high quality general wellness, emergency and specialty care. With nearly 40 board-certified specialists and technology that includes an MRI specifically designed for animals, Angell is committed to providing a broad range of specialized expertise and experience, but delivers this care with one-on-one compassion that animals and their owners deserve. Angell is open for emergencies 24 hours of every day of the year, and offers night and weekend appointments with our specialty services. For more information visit www.angell.org
About Nashoba Valley Technical High School
Established in 1968, Nashoba Valley Technical High School is a public, four-year, career-focused high school fostering academic, personal and professional success. The school promotes a lifetime of learning and achievement, providing students with quality teaching, specialized instruction in 20 industry-approved technical programs, personalized academic support and leadership development opportunities. Students are ready to thrive in a global environment. And what’s more, these young men and women develop a strong sense of community, social responsibility and personal integrity that will take them as far as they want to go. For more information visit www.nashobatech.net