Baton Rouge Community College student Gabrielle Foster was selected as the recipient of the 2022 Celebrating Diversity Award from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Board of Directors and the Veterinary Technician Nation Examination (VTNE) Committee.
This is the second year that the Board has recognize a student who will soon be entering the veterinary profession and who is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the field. The AAVSB uses the VTNE to evaluate the competency of entry-level veterinary technicians and requires a passing score for a veterinary technician to be credentialed.
“I’m honored to have this award,” said Foster. “My classmates and I worked hard, and this program was really rewarding. My experience at BRCC was incredible and my instructors were so encouraging and wanted the best for us. I’m very honored to have been part of this program.”
The award is given to a veterinary technician/nursing student who has demonstrated a commitment to celebrating diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession to best serve animals and the public, as well as community involvement and how the recipient has exhibited cultural humility and competence as a veterinary professional.
“The AAVSB is proud to recognize the wonderful veterinary technicians that we have that support us and have worked tirelessly to advance our great profession,” said Dr. Chris Runde, President of the AAVSB. “The pandemic that we have been through has presented special challenges to all of us and especially our hardworking veterinary technicians. This award represents our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion not just for our membership but for the profession as a whole. We are very proud of our commitment, and we will move forward in this direction in the years ahead.”
Foster is a BRCC spring graduate of the Veterinary Technology (VTEC) program and was recently awarded her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. BRCC’s VTEC program takes five semesters to complete and is designed to provide students with the clinical knowledge and skills required for a career in veterinary practice or other animal health professions.
“Overall, I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work I've done. I plan to stay in general practice and see patients, working with my incredible coworkers and doctors to determine the best treatment plans and provide the best possible care,” said Foster. “I also plan to come back to BRCC to speak to future Vet Tech classes about my experiences within the field. I intend to continue to serve my community by volunteering at LSU Spay Days and spending time in the teaching hospital.”