Middlesex Community College Moves Vet Tech Labs to New Pieper Location

Sept. 27, 2021 (Middletown, Conn.) —  Middlesex Community College (MxCC) veterinary technology program labs have moved to the renovated Pieper Veterinary location on Berlin Street in Middletown.

multipurpose room“As both Pieper and the MxCC veterinary technology program have grown, the needs of both organizations have changed. While the original classroom on Randolph Road allowed for lecture classes to occur at Pieper Veterinary, the room had limitations,” explained Christopher Gargamelli, DVM, the veterinary technology program coordinator at Middlesex.

Renovations to the Berlin Street site took place over the past year. It features a new, large multipurpose room for both course lectures and live animal and/or clinical work. The surgical suite and treatment areas are larger, allowing more students to attend, especially during social distancing.

“The floor is easily cleaned and with the large double-doors, large animals, such as horses, cows, goats, sheep, etc., can be brought into the space,” said Gargamelli.

New state-of-the-art technology in the multipurpose room includes a 75-inch touchscreen, SMART display, multiple cameras and an audio system. Gargamelli said the technology is designed for hyflex learning where some students attend class in person while others are learning remotely at the same time. The new furniture has the flexibility to be moved into various set-ups depending on the needs of the class.

patient treatment area“While Pieper Veterinary funded the renovations to meet the growing needs of the veterinary technology program, MxCC provided logistical support by moving all the equipment from the Randolph Road location to Berlin Street,” added Gargamelli. “The college also purchased the classroom furniture and technology.”

The new site is the location for all small animal clinical courses that take place three days a week in the fall semester and two days a week in the spring. Pieper’s Randolph Road location is still used for specialized training such as radiology.

For more information about the veterinary technology programs at Middlesex Community College, please visit the MxCC website.

Since 1966, Middlesex Community College has provided high-quality, affordable and accessible education to a diverse population, enhancing the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. A part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, MxCC offers more than 70 degree or certificate programs at the main 35-acre campus in Middletown, MxCC@Platt in Meriden and online.