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 Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry) – President Elect



Kara Burns is a licensed veterinary technician originally from New England, now living in Kansas.  She holds a master’s degree in physiology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. 


Kara is the Founder and President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians, the tenth recognized specialty for veterinary technicians and has attained her VTS (Nutrition). She teaches nutrition courses around the world on the VIN/Veterinary Support Personnel Network and on VetMedTeam. Kara is a consultant for the Lafeber Company and Emeraid.  Kara is the Director of Nursing for Brief Media as well as the Editor of Veterinary Team Brief. She also works as an independent nutritional consultant.


She is a member of many national, international, and state associations and holds positions on many boards in the profession: AAVN executive board technician liaison;  Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics Board Member; Western Veterinary Conference Technician Education Manager; LGVMA board member; NAVTA Ambassador; International Society for Sports Nutrition; and the Pet Nutrition Alliance, to name a few.


She has authored many articles, textbooks, and textbook chapters and is an internationally invited speaker, focusing on topics of nutrition, leadership, and technician utilization.


Ms. Burns has been featured on the cover of the Veterinary Technician Journal and the NAVTA Journal.  She was named the North American Veterinary Conference Technician Speaker of the Year in 2013 and in 2016. She was granted an honorary VTS (Internal Medicine) in 2011. She was also granted an honorary VTS (Dentistry) in 2012.  She is the 2010 NAVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year, as well as the 2011 Dr. Franklin Loew Lecturer.  Kara has also been named the National Association of Professional Women ‘Woman of the Year’ for 2010-2011 and the Cambridge Who’s Who in Professionals V.I.P. for 2010-2011. She was accepted into the International Women’s Leadership Association in 2012.

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