An animal health and welfare center that will be operated in conjunction with students from Minuteman High School and professional staff from the Boston Veterinary Clinic (BVC) has tentative plans to open on the Minuteman campus in Lexington in the fall. 2023, Minuteman Superintendent-Director Edward A. Bouquillon and Clinic CEO Paul Mataras announced it.
The partnership and opening of the veterinary clinic marks a significant milestone for Minuteman’s animal science career major, which launched last fall. The clinic will be in the East Campus building, which is separate from the main school building, with its own parking lot and easy access for patients and pet parents.
“An Obvious Need”
“Many young people are passionate about animal welfare, and there is a clear need for qualified professionals in this growing field,” Bouquillon said in a June 29 press release. “Through this wonderful partnership with the Boston Veterinary Clinic, our students will gain valuable hands-on learning experience, provide an important public service, contribute to the local economy, and help countless dogs, cats, and other animals with their health needs. health and wellness.”
There is a strong demand for skilled workers in the field of animal science. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of veterinarians is expected to grow 16% by 2029, which is much faster than the 4% growth rate for all occupations combined.
“We are thrilled to work with the Minuteman team of educators on this unique partnership,” Mataras said. “This allows us to continue our expansion into Greater Boston, adding BVC Lexington to our network, while bringing our high-level training program, focused on fearless primary care, to future leaders in veterinary medicine.”
In 2018, Minuteman won special legislation to allow the school district to enter into long-term leases with mission-compatible business partners. In doing so, Minuteman can provide a lease to a business partner who will integrate a vocational technical education program into their business model, increasing opportunities for students and expanding school enrollment. Reflecting a statewide trend in vocational tech schools, Minuteman is experiencing an enrollment waitlist for the first time in recent memory.
Several bills are pending in the State House that would allow vocational technical schools to expand their ability to provide long-term leases to business partners from five to 25 years, including internal bills 4542 and 4864.
The imminent opening of the Minuteman/BVC Veterinary Clinic remains subject to local and state licensing approvals. Representatives from BVC and the Minuteman signed a memorandum of understanding this month. The Minuteman School Committee voted unanimously to adopt the MOU at a May 17 public meeting, following a presentation by Mataras and BVC’s Chief Veterinarian. , Dr. Brian Bourquin.
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