During a recent Veterinary Assistant class at Piedmont Community College (PCC), program leadership honored three standout students and their instructor, celebrating their exceptional dedication and commitment to the program.

Chris Davis, PCC Dean of Business Studies and Emerging Technologies and Dr. Shawnee Seese, PCC Director of Continuing Education Programs and Work-Based Learning Coordinator, awarded Ashlyn Miller, Ashleigh Hayes-Austin and Karah Shytle each with a $750 stipend to offset the costs of travel and other expenses while they are serving at local veterinary clinics as part of their work-based learning clinical hours. Miller is currently serving at PetVet Wellness Center in Hillsborough, NC; Hayes-Austin is serving at Creekside Animal Clinic in Mebane, NC and Shytle is serving at Woodsdale Animal Hospital in Roxboro, NC.

PCC Veterinary Instructor Melanie Gibson was awarded the “Shooting Star Award” in recognition of her passionate efforts and commitment to PCC’s Veterinary Assistant Program.

“In Ms. Gibson’s classroom, learning transcends mere academics; it becomes a journey of self-discovery and empowerment,” Seese said. “She understands that true learning extends beyond the confines of textbooks and classrooms; it permeates every aspect of our lives, enriching our communities and spreading joy for our most beloved pets and animals that serve us every day.”

PCC’s Veterinary Assistant Program prepares students to become a Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) Level 1 through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA), after successful completion of training and documentation of at least 200 laboratory and classroom hours and 300 clinical hours under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian or certified veterinary technician.

“PCC is deeply committed to enhancing vital partnerships within the animal science fields, particularly with veterinarians and clinics,” Seese said. “We value those who are behind these efforts and their dedication to outreach, especially to our most beloved pets and farm animals. We recognize the critical role these professionals play in promoting animal health and welfare, and we are dedicated to supporting and collaborating with them to achieve our shared goals. Together, we strive to make a positive impact on the lives of animals and the communities they serve.”

A new cohort begins every fall and registration opens July 2024 for admission into the fall 2024 cohort. For more information about the Veterinary Assistant Program, visit www.piedmontcc.edu/program/vet-assist

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