A PERSONAL transformation has helped an apprentice veterinary nurse claim a top college award.
Laurissa Astfalck has been named Student of the Year by Moreton Morrell College after experiencing a growth in confidence.
The student’s employers at Medivet Leamington Upper Grove Street and college tutors hailed her transition from a shy newcomer, who was reluctant to speak on the phone, to a confident and knowledgeable veterinary nurse as the main reason for her success.
The apprentice, who is set to complete her two-year apprenticeship this year, also excelled in online tests and written assignments and impressed tutors with her commitment and professional development.
Laurissa said: “I was shocked but also very happy when I heard that I had been named student of the year.
“I’ve always loved animals and have learnt so much on the Veterinary Nursing course but the best thing about it has been the confidence that the team and the college have instilled in me.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time working with my tutors and classmates whilst working in practice with my fellow employees. I have found the apprenticeship challenging but fulfilling and thoroughly look forward to what the future holds working for Medivet Leamington Upper Grove Street.”
Head nurse at Medivet Lauren Widman said: “To begin with Laurissa was shy and apprehensive, but her development and personal growth since then has been amazing, and it is all down to her hard work and effort. She is a very highly valued member of staff.
“We are all extremely proud of her.”
College principal Peter Husband, WCG Principal pointed out in spite of the impact of Covid on the practice, Laurissa had persevered to achieve ‘superb results’. He added she should be commended for her commitment to learning and the profession.