Nashoba Tech has announced it has added a Biotechnology and Veterinary Assisting program following approval by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The Veterinary Assisting program will be available for the first time to freshmen and sophomores, who will be able to take part in a veterinary clinic likely to begin in February.
This program is aimed to produce trained and certified assistants to the four veterinary clinics and hospitals within just a few miles of Nashoba Tech alone.
“More and more veterinarians are hiring veterinary assistants,” said program director Betsy Hensley. “They just don’t have the staff. This program will give Nashoba Tech students a huge leg up.”
It is unclear if upperclassmen will be accepted into the program in future years, but they will not be allowed into the program this year due to the two year certification requirement for veterinary assistants.
The Biotechnology Program will become part of the school’s Engineering Academy, hoping to help students capitalize on the 28 percent growth in biotechnology jobs witnessed in Massachusetts since 2008.
More information on both programs will be available at the school’s open house on Nov. 1