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Veterinary Medicine

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The application is now up for Summer 2021!
If we can run live, we will. If we need to run remotely, we will.

In this program, students will cover veterinary surgery by performing mock surgeries and bone-settings, research common afflictions such as canine distemper and rabies. They will also explore various methods of diagnosis, including how to detect pain through physical examinations and how to analyze imaging from x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. Bill Snell, the Medical Director of Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital in Charlestown, MA, is a veterinary surgeon and has assembled an amazing team of fellow veterinarians to lead our program. Students visited his hospital last year, and we have amazing plans for the upcoming season!

This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens.

Don’t have time for a full three week course? Check out Pet Medicine, our one week introductory program, here!

Students go to an examination room in the Veterinary Medicine three-week summer medical program


July 5 – July 23, 2021
Gann Academy / LCA – Waltham, MA

Thanks to the generosity of the BluePearl Emergency Pet Hospital team and our additional instructors, students explored a variety of veterinary specialties. One day, a surgeon took students through the process of performing an organ transplant, and the next day a veterinarian with her own practice introduced students to veterinary oral health care. Class became more exotic when a zoo animal specialist introduced the zoonotic disease lesson, taking students step by step through the process of diagnosing severe illnesses and threats in non-human primates. 

Additional lessons included orthopedics, anesthesia, public health, ophthalmology, toxicology, emergency medicine, neurology, and many more. 

Students learn about dog therapy close up at The Flow Dog in the Veterinary Medicine three-week summer program

Field Trips

In past years, students visited, Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, one of the top-ranked veterinary medicine schools in the country. Tufts medical students and veterinarians explained what classes students need to take to get into veterinary school, what a veterinary education entails, the specialties they’ll have to choose from, and much more. After this, Tufts faculty took our students on a tour of their world class facilities.

Southwick’s Zoo: Students took a private, behind-the-scenes tour lead by veterinarians who specialize in the treatment of zoo animals. They practiced tranquilizing methods (see photo). They visited the operating room, identified skeletal structures, and examined x-rays.

Field Trips (Continued)

BluePearl Emergency Pet Hospital: Dr. Snell took students to his own hospital in Waltham, MA. Students met Dr. Snell’s colleagues, examined the emergency room up close, learned about the day-to-day life of a veterinary surgeon, and interacted with veterinary specialists. They also visited The Flow Dog, BluePearl’s Dog Therapy Clinic to learn about animal rehabilitation.

Lead Instructor

Bill Snell teaches the Veterinary Medicine three-week program

William Snell, DVM, DACVS-SA

Dr. Snell currently works as the Medical Director of Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital in Charlestown. Dr. Snell is a veterinary surgeon He received his DVM from Ross University. His veterinary work experience started with a clinical rotation at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Snell’s specific interests include minimally invasive laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures, surgical oncology, and polytrauma cases. In 2015, his work was published in both the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association and The New Zealand Veterinary Journal.


Erin Vet

Erin McGowan, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. McGowan received her BA in Chemistry from Colby College and her DVM from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been published in both Today’s Veterinary Practice & Biochimie. Dr. McGowan currently works at the Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital in Waltham, MA in Critical Care. She interned at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey and performed her residency at Penn.

Dr. Joseph Zarin, DVM

Dr. Zarin received his DVM from the University of California, Davis.
He went on to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia. He then completed an emergency and critical care internship at a veterinary referral hospital north of Boston.

Riggs Vet

Bronwyn Riggs, VMD, DACVIM

Dr. Riggs is a veterinary neurologist at the Boston West Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Pet Hospital in Natick, MA. She received her BS in biochemistry from Smith College and her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She then completed a rotating internship followed by a three year residency in neurology and neurosurgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York City.

Nancy Crowley

Nancy Crowley, AVMA, MVMA

Dr. Crowley graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship at Angell Memorial in Boston, and worked at Hawthorne Animal Hospital. Dr. Crowley is a member of the AVMA, MVMA, and a long time member of the Veterinary Association of the North Shore.

Daniel Frem

Dr. Daniel Frem

Dr. Frem received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Dr. Frem completed his undergraduate studies and earned a Masters of Engineering Management from Dartmouth. Dr. Frem completed a three-year surgical residency at the Angell Animal Medical Center and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal).

Adrienne Felix

Dr. Adrienne Felix

Dr. Felix completed
her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She went on to complete a rotating small animal medicine and surgical internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolina’s in Cary, NC. She later joined the emergency and critical care team at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital.

Dr. Steve Fish, DVM

Dr. Fish received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, a surgical internship at the New England Animal Medical Center in West Bridgewater, and a combined residency in Small Animal Surgery at the New England Animal Medical Center and Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. Dr. Fish worked at the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center in Waltham, MA prior to joining Tufts V.E.T.S.

Laura Champagne, CVT

Laura Champagne is a CVT (certified veterinary technician) and a lead veterinary surgical/anesthesia nurse at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Waltham, MA. She is also the Advisory Board Chair for Minuteman Vocational High Schools animal science program.

Student Comments

‘I personally loved all the different types of specialists we met. I had no idea there were so many different branches a veterinarian can go into. The program only further confirmed who I want to be and what I want to do in life. The visit to the pet hospital was especially educational. Dr. Riggs made me seriously consider being a neurologist or a neurosurgeon with the cases she let us analyze and prognosticate.’

‘The Vet Medicine program was truly such an incredible experience I learned so much on how to read x-rays, detect pain and treat the animal when injured. The field trips to Blue Pearl Animal Hospital and Southwick Zoo were incredibly informative and such a blast. I am so grateful to have had this amazing opportunity. It definitely made me realize that this is exactly the profession I want to do. Definitely an experience I will never forget!’

‘My program was both very educational and fun. The instructor was amazing and made everything a whole lot more interesting and engaging. The lessons were well planned and taught us about all sorts of different niches of veterinary medicine. I also loved how much hands-on experience we got and the field trips were great.’

Students pose at the Southwick's Zoo in the Veterinary Medicine three-week summer medical program

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