The Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic is a collaboration between Worcester Technical High School (WTHS) and the veterinary school at Tufts. I first learned about this special place where vets, certified vet techs, vet students on their fourth-year rotations, high school students, and even international visitors work together to offer veterinary services to Worcester area residents who qualify for subsidized care for their pets. WTHS sports a bank, automotive service, and restaurant open to the public on the school grounds. It is so unique that President Obama gave a commencement speech to the high school’s Class of 2014. It’s no wonder why! Despite only seeing one part of the school, namely the veterinary clinic, I have been so impressed with the high school students’ work ethic, maturity, and ambition…(and a special shout-out to my high school buddies Jada and Celine!).
On the first day of my fourth-year rotations, I had no idea what to expect. I thought I might see cases come in for wellness checks, vaccinations, and flea, tick, and heartworm preventives. But how surprised was I to find myself scrubbing into surgery to help save the life of a dog with a closed pyometra! Education is a large emphasis of the clinic. There is always something new to learn—whether it has to do with medicine, client communication, or the economics of the profession. While in the end, a friend in the year above me was the actual one to perform the surgery and I was only involved in suturing closed the incision site, I learned a lesson from the old quote: “Never let the sun set on a pyo.” While in reality, not doing surgery immediately on a patient with a pyometra is sometimes ok, whenever it is a closed pyometra, surgery may be the only option! Thankfully, our dog made a full recovery. It was an exciting day one to say the least!