SYVUHS students earn industry certifications

Santa Ynez Valley Union High School students who earned the Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science Certification through the Veterinary Science class this year gather for a group photo in an agricultural education classroom.

Twenty-four Santa Ynez Valley Union High School students earned the Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science Certification this academic year through enrollment in the Veterinary Science class, a school spokeswoman said.

Through the intensive certification program, the students gained essential career skills that help them transition to postsecondary education and into the workforce, the spokeswoman said.

To earn the certification, students had to complete the required coursework, learning about such things as the history and practices of the livestock industry, terminology and livestock management, and had to pass a rigorous final exam.

Students who earned the certification included Margarita Duran, Andrew Nielsen, Olivia Berman, Tristan Bunderson, Layne Chamberlin, Amelia Kazmierczak, William Economus, Armani Garcia, Stephanie Quiroz, Ingrid Mejia and Ashlynn Diaz.

Also earning the certification were Emma Weber, Georgia Almazan, Daniela Castillo, Malia Hunter, Keller Haws, Coby Mazariegos, Jaeger Purdom, Eric Montejano, James Serritslev, Yesenia Vega, Emilio Soto, Lyric Purdom and Kylee Hatchell.

“Industry certifications earned by our students in the agriculture program at the high school help our kids stand out in the workforce and in the pursuit of higher education after graduation,” said Heather Clement, chair of the Agriculture Department at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School.

“I am proud of our student achievement, and we are already working on our next round of certifications this spring,” she added.

Endorsed by the Elanco company and powered by the online iCEV platform, the certification enhances student résumés and helps them stand out to prospective colleges and employers, Clement said.

The certification reflects current industry standards to ensure students are career-ready.

“This certification will equip the next generation of animal science professionals with the foundational knowledge they need to advance in the industry,” said Todd Armstrong, Beef Business director for Elanco.

Elanco provides veterinarians and pet owners with a wide variety of products for food animals as well as pets like cats and dogs.

Products include antibacterials, anticoccidials, separation anxiety and parasite control treatments and other medications, productivity-enhancing food, diagnostic tools and analytical services for pathogen control and more.

CEV Multimedia specializes in providing career and technical education curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas — agricultural science and technology, family and consumer sciences, business education, marketing education, trade and industrial education, health science, law enforcement and career exploration.

Using learning-on-demand capabilities, iCEV streams video clips instantly to any device with Internet capabilities.

For more information about Elanco in the United States, visit

For more information about CEV and industry certifications powered by iCEV, visit

This report was compiled by Associate Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at


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Mike Hodgson is news editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News, where he writes about local government, special events and the people who live in the Valley. He has been a photographer, writer, news editor and managing editor at weekly newspapers since 1972

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