August 18, 2015 | Posted in Andy The Everydog

Andy-Everydog-Part-18-350PXHigh school kids in Worcester, MA are getting real-life, hands-on experience as future vets!

In a program called “Tufts at Tech”, a working animal clinic has been established at Worcester Technical High School, where students work alongside doctors and residents from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Program director, Greg Wolfus, calls the program a “partnership” that makes this teaching experience a unique model for veterinary training.

Students graduate with a high school diploma but also with important field credentials and certificates in veterinary assistance, lab animal medicine, clinical medicine and working in a research lab.

Tufts at Tech literally started in a classroom with two stuffed animals, as make-believe patients. Now, all clients are pet owners in the local area. Dogs (and other pets) are properly vaccinated, which according to students, prevents sickness and saves owners the stress of not being able to afford huge medical bills, elsewhere.

The clinic sees 250 animals a month, all year round.

‘Till next time,

~ Andy