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Dr. James Hurrell

Liaison Representing AVTE (non-voting)

Dr. Hurrell is Director Emeritus of the Penn Foster Veterinary Academy. A long-time veterinary technology educator, he has been a program director for three AVMA-CVTEA accredited veterinary technology programs that have graduated over 2,700 students. He also helped mentor and successfully launch two programs in Louisiana.

He is committed to the continued future development of veterinary technology as an important component of the veterinary health care team.

After receiving his DVM degree from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Hurrell worked briefly as an associate veterinarian before starting his own small animal practice. A few years later he transitioned to become a full-time college professor and veterinary technology program director.

During his 40-year education career, Dr. Hurrell has received numerous awards for teaching excellence. In 1988, he was awarded the “Teacher of the Year” at Macomb Community College out of over 300 full-time faculty members, and in 2007, he was selected as an “Endowed Professor” at Delgado Community College. In 2014, he received the “United States Distance Learning Association International Leadership Award” for his work at Penn Foster’s Veterinary Academy. He has also received the first-ever Penn Foster 2020 Optimist Award in Education.

Dr. James Hurrell