MCC Veterinary Technology students benefit from RECOVER Initiative training  

MESA, Arizona -- Jan. 21, 2021 -- Thirty-six Mesa Community College (MCC) veterinary technology students participate in online Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) certification courses through the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation or RECOVER Initiative program.

The curriculum, made available at no charge to students, offers valuable research and information on evidence-based veterinary cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) practices.

“Our students are taught the RECOVER CPR method in our VET240 Anesthesia, Surgical and Emergency Nursing course,” said Dr. Kimberly Focht, MCC Veterinary Technology program director. “This free, online training during the pandemic allows our students to review the CPR curriculum and earn their official BLS/ALS certifications prior to entering the workforce.”

Dr. Focht is pursuing RECOVER instructor certification, preparing to offer Rescuer certification for future students.

The RECOVER Initiative is a nonprofit, volunteer-run program operating within the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC). It began offering free training to anyone registered with a university’s veterinary program at the start of the pandemic.

Learn more about the MCC Veterinary Technology program at

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Media contact: Dawn Zimmer, MCC,, 480-461-7892

The MCC Veterinary Technology/Animal Health program provides students with the skills and knowledge to function as a professional veterinary technician providing support to veterinarians, biomedical researchers and other scientists, animal control, and humane organizations. Curriculum covers basic medical sciences, animal care and management, veterinary medical care, and client communications and service. The program also includes practical clinical experience in veterinary emergency, large animal, small animal, and specialty practices in laboratories, humane societies, and other facilities. A partnership with Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) allows students opportunities to participate in bovine and necropsy skills labs and gain valuable learning experiences participating in small and large animal internships at CVM’s Animal Health Institute in Glendale, Arizona. Learn more at

Mesa Community College is nationally recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College and is known for service learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to education. For more than 50 years, the college has served as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 30,000 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs at its two campuses, additional locations and a combination of online formats. Through Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, MCC is transforming how it champions student success, college completion, university transfer and career attainment and advancement. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution and nearly 50% of its students are the first in their families to attend college. Its American Indian Institute serves students from the 22 federally recognized tribes of Arizona as well as out-of-state tribes. MCC has the largest indigenous student population of all the Maricopa Community Colleges. The diverse student body includes more than 300 international students from 55 countries. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to successfully transfer to a university or compete in the workforce. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, on the traditional territories of the O'odham, Piipaash and Yavapai Peoples, MCC is one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Visit to learn more.

MCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC),

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2021