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AVTE Awards Penn Foster Veterinary Academy Team with Merial Award for Excellence in Team Teaching

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (September 22, 2015) – Penn Foster College, a leader in career-focused online and hybrid education, announced that the Penn Foster Veterinary Academy Team has won the AVTE/Merial Award for Excellence in Team Teaching. Awarded at the biennial Association of Veterinary Technician Educators Symposium in Ontario, several members of the Penn Foster Veterinary Team were invited onstage to receive the award.

“The Penn Foster Veterinary Academy team members work as a dedicated team and focus on improving students’ learning experience and outcomes,” said the former president of AVTE, Monica Tighe, RVT, BA, MEd in her introductory remarks. “With over 10,000 active students in the program, the team depends on each other to assist, consult, advise and create a positive learning and work environment. These educators are versatile enough to reach students with various learning styles, and have demonstrated exceptional excellence in team teaching.”

The AVTE supports veterinary technicians as integral members of the veterinary healthcare team. Teachers who model respectful and effective teamwork in their own professional lives assist their students in integrating this skill into their own work pattern. The AVTE therefore offers the AVTE/Merial Award for Excellence in Team Teaching to educators who have demonstrated exceptional strength in working collaboratively to generate creative learning opportunities for their students. The AVTE encourages team work in the educational process as well as in clinical environments.

“Having the program recognized nationally is a wonderful feeling– we’re all thrilled,” said Dr. Hurrell. “Our team works very hard to deliver a great quality education to our students, and it’s an absolute honor to be recognized by fellow veterinary educators at the national level. Our faculty and their passion and commitment to our students are what I believe to be central to our program's success. Not only are they experts in the field of veterinary medicine, but they set a high standard for student achievement. Team members like Dr. Amanda Teter do such an amazing job of modelling servant leadership and helping fellow faculty members when situations arise.”

As a speaker at the symposium himself, Dr. Hurrell presented on how to put people skills into programs. The Penn Foster Veterinary Technician team prides themselves on cultivating a respectful and supportive environment for students and for faculty team members. In so doing, the team was recognized by the AVTE for exemplary collaboration and teamwork, and for effectively demonstrating creativity and vision in the development of innovative learning opportunities for veterinary technician students. All members of the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician Program team are proud members of AVTE, and will have the honor of presenting 2017 Merial Award for Excellence in Team Teaching at the next AVTE Symposium.

“Although we are still a young program, we’ve been able to position ourselves as one of the most robust vet tech programs – academically and clinically – in the country. The kinds of students that we have applying to our program are high-quality and ambitious, and have often been in the field for years but are looking for a degree and to become a Credentialed Veterinary Technician,” said Dr. Hurrell. “This award means so much for our students and for the program. During both the 2014 as well as the 2015 academic years, we graduated over 100 students. This year, we’re expecting to graduate our largest class ever. I couldn’t be more proud, and am excited for what’s to come.”

Penn Foster Veterinary Academy Team

Pictured above: Kathy Ruane, CVT, BS; Dr. Amanda Teter, VMD; Dr. James Hurrell, DVM; and Megan Leonard, CVT, BS. Not in attendance from the Penn Foster Veterinary Team: Ann Barr, Vicki McLain and Lauren Levish.

About AVTE
Established in 1973, the mission of the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators is to promote quality education in Veterinary Technology. AVTE’s mission is accomplished by sharing information and experiences through its website and during its biennial Symposium. The Symposium features a unique keynote speaker, several in-depth workshops and many educational sessions facilitated by AVTE members and other industry experts who share their first-hand experience, best practices and successes so that members can return to their classrooms energized, motivated and prepared to teach the next generation of professional veterinary technicians.

About Penn Foster
Founded in 1890, Penn Foster has been a leader in career-focused distance and hybrid learning for more than 100 years. Since its inception, more than 13 million people have enrolled in its high school, career school and college to learn advanced skills, further their education and better position them for life success. Today, Penn Foster graduates 25,000 students yearly and enrolls more than 100,000 new students each year in programs designed to address the skills gap in middle skilled careers. Penn Foster's high-quality, affordable distance education allows students the flexibility to complete programs around their schedules with 24/7 access to a supportive online community of students and faculty. For more information, visit www.pennfoster.edu.


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