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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom


City and Central High Provide Hands on Veterinary Training

Thursday October 27, 2005

Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today a new internship program at Louisville Metro Animal Services for Central High School students. Students will be able to volunteer at the city’s animal shelter as part of their classroom curriculum.

Central High School is one of the Jefferson County Public School System’s career magnet academies. Central offers almost a dozen specialized programs for students, including veterinary science.
 
“This innovative relationship helps us care for animals at the shelter and prepares students for careers after graduation,” said Abramson.

Currently there are 55 juniors and seniors enrolled in the magnet program. Juniors who meet specific grade guidelines will volunteer at the shelter once a month during the school day as part of their internships. The students will work in pairs to assist the shelter’s veterinary technician with lab work, exams and grooming. One senior will be offered a co-op at the shelter. The student will assist Metro Animal Service employees several times a week at the shelter during the school year.
 
“It’s our hope that students will enhance their skills and become interested in working at our facility after graduating from high school or college,” said Dr. Gilles Meloche, director of Louisville Metro Animal Services.

Most of the students who graduate from the program pursue careers as veterinarians, veterinary assistants or veterinary technicians. “This is an exciting opportunity for our students to utilize the skills they’ve learned in the classroom in a real clinic environment,” said Dr. Dan Withers, Central High School principal.

First mobile spay/neuter clinic
Saturday Students will assist Metro Animal Services on Saturday, October 29 at Central High School, 1130 West Chestnut Street, as the agency hosts its first spay/neuter clinic for low-income pet owners. Veterinarians will perform about 40 surgeries from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., utilizing S.P.O.T. (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today), Metro Animal Services’ mobile clinic and adoption unit.

Surgeries are available by appointment only and will range in price from $5 - $40, depending on an individual’s income level. Proof of income must be provided at registration. All animals will be required to have a rabies vaccination ($8) and a license ($7).
 
Donations are being accepted at Metro Animal Services to help subsidize the cost of future clinics.

For more information about donations, the spay/neuter clinic or the internship program, call MetroCall at 311 or visit Louisville Metro's official website, www.louisvilleky.gov.