At Campus Clinic, Pets Will Get Care While Students Learn


DANVERS, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A technical school in Danvers is creating an even more hands-on experience for students hoping to become veterinarians.

The MSPCA Angell Animal Clinic is still under construction at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School.

But by December, CTE Director Don Ducharme tells WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas, it will be a fully operational clinic where the public can bring their pets, and students can get an education.

"Basically, as an internship, they'll rotate through the different areas that they'll be seeing in a real clinic," he said.

Milana Cioffi is a senior studying veterinary science.

"Just like a fully operational clinic," she said. "The vet techs, the vets, being in the field."

Mariah Fortuna graduated in 2016 and now works for the school, caring for the farm animals and other creatures.

"I have to travel about 25-30 minutes to get them to our vet that we see in Andover," she said—but adds that when the clinic becomes operational, "I can just bring them upstairs."

She's excited that the student-interns will be "seeing everything actually in a clinic, and not just in a school environment."

Then, like Mariah, students may have a job lined up for them by the time they graduate.

The project will benefit not only aspiring veterinarians, but also students from the school's construction department, who are helping build the clinic.

An open house will be held in November.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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