BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge Community College student was chosen as the recipient of the 2022 Celebration Diversity Award.

Gabrielle Foster was presented the award by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Board of Directors and the Veterinary Technician Nation Examination (VTNE) Committee.

The award is given to a veterinary technician or nursing student who has demonstrated a commitment to acknowledging diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession to serve the animals and the public.

“I’m honored to have this award. My classmates and I worked hard, and this program was really rewarding. My experiences at BRCC was incredible and my instructors were so encouraging and wanted the best for us. I’m very honored to have been apart of this program,” said Foster.

Gabrielle Foster/ Courtesy of BRCC

Dr. Chris Runde, President of AAVSB says, “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. 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 Spring graduate of the Veterinary Technology (VTEC) program at BRCC. She was recently awarded her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.

Foster plans to return to BRCC and speak to the future Veterinary Technicians about her experience in the field.