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Pima Medical Institute Makes $100,000 Gift to Humane Society of Southern Arizona

Posted: June 12, 2017 by Vanessa Ford and Elizabeth Baker
Pima Medical Institute Veterinary Technician students get hands-on training at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA).
Pima Medical Institute Veterinary Assistant students get hands-on training at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA). Photo courtesy of HSSA.

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Pima Medical Institute has committed to help the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) construct a new building by gifting it $100,000 over a 10-year period. 

The new location, which is already under construction, will be housed at 635 West Roger Road in Tucson and is slated to open in January. To date, the campaign has raised $7.6 million and it needs approximately $10 million to complete the project.

Pima Medical has partnered with HSSA for 15 years, where veterinary technician and veterinary assistant students have worked to get hands-on training throughout their education. 

“We have had a strong educational relationship with Pima Medical Institute, helping to train students in the clinical aspects of animal welfare,” said HSSA Chief Operations Officer, Brandy Burke. “Those students go on to careers in animal care, and we have always been impressed with the quality and dedication Pima Medical students bring to their studies at HSSA. With the move to our new campus, which we expect to make in January of 2018, we will be able to offer students a full exposure to all aspects of animal welfare, not just clinic practices and procedures.”

HSSA has served the southern Arizona community for more than 70 years. The new facility will allow it to improve the lives, health and well-being of the animals it cares for and shelters. It will include innovative and green building practices, including jumbo dog runs, several large off-leash play yards, a designated dog walking path, indoor/screened outdoor cat habitats, solar-panel-covered parking, the use of existing native plant life in landscaping, and rainwater harvesting. 

“The gift made by Pima Medical will be recognized on our new campus with a naming opportunity,” said HSSA Chief Development Officer, Diana Cannon. “The Welcome Center’s memorial yard will officially be called The Pima Medical Institute Memorial and Tribute Yard, in honor of their gift. We are so thankful for their continued support.”

Pima Medical’s partnership with HSSA has resulted in higher adoption rates and an increased caliber of care for housed animals by providing services such as spays, neuters, dental cleanings, nail trims and basic kennel cleaning, said Pima Medical Institute President and CEO, Fred Freedman. 

"Students and volunteers provide additional manpower while Pima Medical faculty help with free surgeries and other pro bono veterinary services. Many of Pima Medical's students rotate through the Humane Society as part of their clinical rotation, gaining incredibly valuable skills and appreciation for the work being done behind the scenes at HSSA. In addition, some graduates are offered positions after their externships at the Humane Society. Tucson is fortunate to have this amazing staff caring for its lost, abandoned and forgotten pets.”

To learn more about the new HSSA location, please visit https://hssaz.org/building. To donate, contact Diana Cannon at dcannon@hssaz.org or call 520-321-3704, ext. 117.

Pima Medical Institute is proud to educate veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants in Tucson and at several of its other campuses across the West. To learn more about the programs, visit https://pmi.edu/locations/arizona/tucson.

Media Contacts    
Humane Society of Southern Arizona
Vanessa Ford
(864) 245-8641 

Pima Medical Institute
Elizabeth Baker

About the Humane Society of Southern Arizona

The oldest nonprofit in Southern Arizona serving pets and the people who love them, HSSA is a No-Kill shelter, whose mission is to act with compassion and responsible stewardship through innovative programs, community education, prevention initiatives and helping pets find their forever homes. HSSA has saved the lives of over 1,000,000 animals in Southern Arizona. More can be found at hssaz.org.

About Pima Medical Institute

Pima Medical Institute is a private, accredited school dedicated to providing students classroom studies paired with real-world training at medical facilities. Established in 1972, Pima Medical Institute helps students become career ready, focusing exclusively on health care professions, including medical, dental, veterinary and nursing fields. Curriculum includes certificate, associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs, ranging from nursing, medical assistant and radiology technician to veterinary assistant and dental hygienist. 

Pima Medical Institute operates 17 campuses as well as an extensive online curriculum. The medical career college has a presence in eight western states with ground locations in Albuquerque, N.M.; Tucson, Phoenix and Mesa, Ariz.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Seattle and Renton, Wash.; Las Vegas, N.V.; Houston and El Paso, Texas; Chula Vista, Calif.; and Dillon, Mont. For more information and a complete list of programs offered at each campus, visit pmi.edu or call 1-888-442-5998.

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