For immediate release - Sudbury, May 6, 2013 – As part of the official opening of the new veterinary wing of Collège Boréal’ Sudbury campus, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA), Ms. Kate MacDonald, and the President of Collège Boréal, Mr. Denis Hubert-Dutrisac, announced an innovative partnership that facilitates the sharing of resources and knowledge between these two institutions. Thanks to this partnership with the Ontario SPCA, Collège Boréal has become the first Canadian college to teach shelter medicine.

Kate MacDonald and Denis Hubert-Dutrisac shaking hands after signing an agreement between the Ontario SPCA and Collège Boréal

Through this partnership, the Ontario SPCA and Collège Boréal will also collaborate in creating a new Sudbury and District Ontario SPCA Shelter and Educational Centre, as well as jointly utilizing Collège Boréal’s new veterinary wing.  This 5,000 square-foot space is equipped with the latest innovations in animal medicine: digital radiography, a ventilation system adaptable to different species, a cutting-edge operating room, a complete animal dentistry section, and isolation units.

This five-year partnership will allow students in the Collège Boréal Veterinary Technician program to benefit from the Ontario SPCA’s expertise (sharing manuals, protocols, etc.) and to deepen their theoretical and practical knowledge while obtaining new possibilities for internships, volunteer work and work opportunities through the Ontario SPCA network.

Mr. Hubert-Dutrisac stated, “Today, Collège Boréal and the Ontario SPCA are sharing complementary resources to offer excellent college-level training in veterinary care. Drawing on the advantages produced by this sharing of knowledge and ultra-modern facilities, as well as our partnership with Guelph University – Alfred Campus, the first to benefit from this province-wide partnership will be Collège Boréal students.”

In her comments, Ms. MacDonald mentioned the scope of this new partnership, “Thanks to an open and innovative approach, the Ontario SPCA is proudly increasing its impact in animal protection as well as the training of skilled workers capable of meeting the specific needs of our field. The model we have developed in partnership with Collège Boréal is truly promising and has already sparked the interest of our counterparts in British Columbia and Nova Scotia.”

Since 2000, Collège Boréal Veterinary Technician program has been jointly offered by Collège Boréal and Guelph University – Alfred Campus. In 16 years of existence, this program will have allowed 432 students to obtain this two-year college diploma.

About Collège Boréal

For the 12th time in 13 years, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation rate of Ontario’s 24 colleges of applied arts and technology. Furthermore, Collège Boréal also attained for the 9th time in 12 years the highest graduate satisfaction rate of all these Anglophone and Francophone community colleges. The ever-increasing satisfaction rate of Collège Boréal students worked its way up to place among the top three in Ontario at 83.4%, Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of Northern and Central-Southwestern Ontario communities.

About the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:

Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization.  A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities. Ontario SPCA is mandated under the Ontario SPCA Act to enforce animal welfare legislation and the Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so. Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario. Charitable Business Number 88969 1044 RR0002

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