Monty Tech Veterinary Clinic to open Monday

  • Dr. Sheila Harrity, superintendent-director, and Dr. Kayla Sample, veterinary medical director, with students Jessica Higbee of Winchendon and Mateo Larralde of Westminster and pets. submitted photo

Published: 9/13/2019 9:40:18 PM
Modified: 9/13/2019 9:40:06 PM

FITCHBURG — After more than six years of planning, two years of construction, and $2.5 million raised in donations, grants, and in-kind services, the Monty Tech Veterinary Clinic will open its doors on Monday, Sept. 16. “This project has been a very special one for the Monty Tech community,” said Sheila Harrity, Superintendent-Director of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School. “The leadership team had a vision and the talented instructors and students across our trades turned that vision into a beautiful 7,500 square foot, state-of-the-art reality.”

Monty Tech is home to 21 vocational technical programs, with the newest addition being Veterinary Science. Students trained in the new facility receive classroom and lab instruction in a variety of related topics, ranging from Fundamentals of Animal Science to Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology.

In the students’ Junior year, they transition from the classroom to the clinic floor, where they will work side-by-side with veterinarians and technicians to provide care to dogs and cats. To ensure students are trained in the latest industry standards, school officials have partnered with VCA, who provided the Veterinary Medical Director, at no cost to the school.

Monty Tech Veterinary Science students will be involved in all aspects of veterinary care provided at the clinic. Greeting customers, taking histories, and observing exams and procedures, the students will be provided with valuable hands-on learning opportunities that can only be achieved in a clinic or hospital setting. The Monty Tech Clinic, like similar teaching clinics across the state, was designed to serve a specific pet population. Small animals, specifically dogs and cats, from families with limited resources, living in the Monty Tech district will receive subsidized veterinary care.

To be eligible for services at the Monty Tech Veterinary Clinic, the owner of the pet must present a valid EBT card and a matching ID, and live within one of the 18 cities and towns comprising the Monty Tech District.

The Monty Tech District includes the following cities and towns: Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Barre, Fitchburg, Gardner, Harvard, Holden, Hubbardston, Lunenburg, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Sterling, Templeton, Westminster, and Winchendon.

For questions regarding eligibility, or to schedule an appointment, call 978-516-0888.

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