Students in the Veterinary Technology class at Botetourt Technical Education Center have earned industry certifications this academic year. Through the intensive certification program, these students have shown mastery of the knowledge needed for entrance into their respective career field of interest in various Career and Technical Education (CTE) subject areas. This promotes a successful transition to post-secondary education and/or the workforce.
Students who earned the Elanco Veterinary Medical Application Certification are Shay Fowler, Hayley Rader, Kennedy Davis, Savanna Martin, Louisa Jamison, Dallas Miller, Rhaya Kitt, Emma Kaufman, and Chase Clemons.
In addition, Savanna, Louisa, Dallas, Rhaya, Emma, and Chase earned certification in Canine and Feline First Aid and CPR.
Developed and issued by industry-leading companies and organizations such as Elanco and Southwest Airlines, and tested for on the iCEV platform, the certifications enhance student résumés and help them stand out to prospective colleges and employers. The certifications reflect the needs of real-world career expectations, boost employability and allow employers to identify and connect with qualified applicants. To earn the certification, each student passed a rigorous exam based on weighted industry-valued and industry-accepted standards.
“I’m very excited about what these students have achieved. I hope this will be a steppingstone for their successful career journey. If you are looking for qualified veterinary assistants, I highly recommend each student that earned this certification,” said Andy Bell, the teacher of the program.
“Our goal in offering certification testing on the iCEV platform was to provide students with validation of the specialized skills they have developed and knowledge-base they’ve built,” said iCEV President Dusty Moore. “The certifications are meant to have an immediate positive impact on students as they plan for their future after high school, whether that is attending college or joining the workforce. On behalf of CEV Multimedia and our industry partners, we congratulate all students at BTEC for this tremendous accomplishment and wish them the best as they pursue their career goals.”
~ Fincastle Herald staff report