Tufts at Tech is a busy place. Between appointments and emergencies, the clinic sees more than 400 animals a month. In addition to providing quality affordable care to the community, the clinic also serves as a teaching ground for both Veterinary Assistant students from Worcester Tech and DVM students from Cummings School. Despite being a small clinic with a big caseload, Tufts at Tech is a favorite amongst students, clients, and patients alike.
The popularity of the clinic is in large part due to the small dedicated team that works there. Kate Zukowski, CVT at Tufts at Tech, describes her work as an opportunity, rather than a job. She says, “Every day, I get the opportunity to guide, educate and mentor the future of veterinary medicine.”
Kate on a volunteer trip in the British Virgin islands, where she and a small team of veterinary professionals were able to provide care for 160 animals in just one week.
Prior to joining the team at Tufts at Tech, Kate spent 15 years working in a private veterinary practice. By working at a teaching facility she’s able to share that knowledge and experience with others. She says, “What I like the most is helping the DVM students through dental procedures. I’ve done thousands in my career, but for most it is their first.” She continues, “I feel very fortunate to be able to share my knowledge with them.”
Teamwork is a big part of the clinic’s busy day-to-day. Kate attributes the clinic’s success to her colleagues, “I am incredibly lucky to work with an amazing team of staff and volunteers. A typical Tufts at Tech day can be chaotic, but, we have a lot of fun doing it.”
Hard work and a positive attitude go a long way towards the communal goals of Tufts at Tech. From her technical skills to her teaching abilities, Kate is a big part of the success at Tufts at Tech, and we salute her!