Mount Ida College constructing new building for veterinary technology program


The facility will accommodate the expected increase in veterinary technician students.

Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., recently broke ground on a new Center for Veterinary Technology. The $5 million facility is expected to be completed in April 2009.

The 16,000-square-foot, one-story, environmentally friendly building will house laboratory, surgery, and instructional facilities. A digital radiography system will allow students to learn the latest techniques, and the centralized location of faculty offices, laboratories, classrooms and animal-care facilities will encourage communication between faculty and students. The project will also double the size of the college's  kennel to accommodate for the enrollment increase the school expects.

 Funding for the project will be provided by a combination of financing, college resources, and philanthropic support. The college has launched a fundraising campaign in an effort to generate $2 million for the facility.

Mount Ida's veterinary technology program is one of 16 accredited baccalaureate programs in the country. Enrollment has risen in recent years and the program has seen a 100 percent job placement rate in each of the last three years.

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