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Merrimack Valley

March 6, 2014

Puppy Love

Members of vet club put love of animals into action

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Everyone has heard of a car wash; the Pre-Veterinary Club is contemplating doing a dog wash – when the weather gets better, of course. Instead of bringing their cars to the high school, dog owners will bring their pets to be washed and groomed by club members.

The members also volunteer their time at the MSPCA’s Nevins Farm in Methuen.

Education is another of the club’s pursuits, since a veterinarian must master the anatomies of many different species of animals. Members recently dissected the eye of a sheep.

“I’ve always wanted to work with animals,” Nazzaro said. She completed a two-month internship at the Nakajima Animal Hospital in Japan last summer.

When she was only 7, Labrecque said she “got the inspiration” to set up a lemonade stand and donate the proceeds to an animal shelter.

Yes, both Nazzaro and Labrecque have pets of their own. Nazzaro’s 3-year-old dachshund, Klee, sat patiently and attentively during the interview. He’s the club mascot.

Her other dog, Daisy, is a Rottweiler. Labrecque is the proud owner of Bella, an English black Labrador retriever.

The Pre-Veterinary Club meets every Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. in room 3059.

“They’re great,” said Michael Ellison, a science teacher and faculty adviser to the club. The members themselves, he said, have taken the initiative to organize fundraisers that help animals.

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