Animal Health Club and Second Chance Animal Shelter Receive UP Award

Published on Friday, April 27th, 2007

The members of the Becker College Animal Health Club was honored with the Worcester UniverCity Partnership “UP” Award, presented at the annual Colleges and Community – Creating Collaborations event, held at Hogan Campus Center at the College of the Holy Cross on April 23, 2007.

The Animal Health Club was nominated for the “UP” Award for their work with the Second Chance Animal Shelter in East Brookfield, Mass. With a roster of more than 30 members, the club provides much needed assistance for the shelter. The result is an increase in the number of animals the shelter can care for, as well as the quality of care provided. The club members, students of animal science programs at Becker, also assist with community outreach and clinics, shelter fundraisers and events. As a community partner, Second Chance Animal Shelter will also be recognized with an “UP” Award.

"It is always exciting for faculty to see our students grow by learning and working in the surrounding community,” said Dr. Paula Northrop, associate professor and clinical veterinarian at Becker College. “The students in the animal health club are dedicated to improving the lives of animals, directly and through public education.”

In its second year, the “UP” Award is presented to individual or groups of students at Colleges of the Worcester Consortium member institutions, who have made a significant contribution to a community organization in one of five areas of campus-community engagement: volunteering, internships, work study, service learning, or faculty guided community-based research.

“We are extremely proud of the contribution our students make in a variety of settings in greater Worcester,” said Armand Carriere, executive director of the Worcester UniverCity Partnership.  “Engaging students with public, private, and non-profit organizations not only provides much needed service and valuable learning opportunities but also provides the students with potential links to employment after they graduate.  We seek to encourage these placements and by honoring students from each campus we feel we are providing appropriate recognition to the students and the agencies they work with.”