National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

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Hill's Strengthens Partnership with Minnesota Urolith Center; More than 85,000 canine and feline urinary stones analyzed in 2014

January 6, 2015 TOPEKA, Kan. (January 6, 2015) - Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. has extended its partnership with the Minnesota Urolith Center (MUC) to reduce the worldwide incidence of urinary disease in companion animals and to enhance the global veterinary care of pets wi
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2nd Annual NAVTA Case Presentations at NAVC; Saturday January 17, 2015

December 24, 2014 Join NAVTA and these superb veterinary technicians as they present some very interesting cases!
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Date: March 1, 2015
Veterinary Dental Radiographic Interpretation 5 Part Series ON DEMAND WEBINAR
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Simple and Surgical Extractions in the Dog and Cat 5 Part Series ON DEMAND WEBINAR
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Comprehensive Feline Dentistry 8 Part Series ON DEMAND WEBINAR
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NAVTA Annual Conference Speakers

The 2012 NAVTA Annual Conference schedule is filled with presentations on a variety of topics that matter to all veterinary technicians and are led by a number of knowledgable speakers. Below are each speaker's personal bios. 

Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, MS
Dr. Colleran graduated in 1990 from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine; in 1996 earned a Masters of Science in animals and public policy from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, Academy of Feline Medicine Fellow, and a director of American Association of Feline Practitioners. Dr. Colleran also was named the 2003 Northern California Small Business Person of the Year and is a past president of AAFP.

Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC)


Megan has more than 12 years of veterinary emergency and critical care experience; eight of those years in technician management. Her interest in teaching is to make sure that technicians have a solid foundation to build upon, and to empower technicians to use their skills and their knowledge to become vital team members and decision makers in their hospitals.



Dennis Lopez

Dennis Lopez, MEd, BS, LVT


Dennis, who entered his career in the late 1990s, is the veterinary technician program director for Pima Medical Institute in Las Vegas. Originally hired as a part-time veterinary assistant instructor, Dennis was instrumental in bringing the veterinary technician degree and curriculum to PMI, and was promoted as the first VT program director at PMI. With more than 20 years of management and administrative experience, PMI used his skills in adding veterinary technician programs to the Seattle and Renton, Wash.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Chula Vista, Calf.; and Mesa, Ariz., campuses. Prior to working with PMI, Dennis taught part-time in traditional and online courses at the College of Southern Nevada. Dennis is a member of the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association and works closely with the Las Vegas animal shelter and The Animal Foundation Board. He is a regular attendee and contributor to the Nevada State Veterinary Board meetings. His LVT experience includes nursing staff supervisor at several Las Vegas animal clinics.


Cat Holly, CVT


Cat Holly, president for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, attended Becker College from 1988 until 1990. She became certified in 2004 after taking the VTNE in Massachusetts and then transferred her certification to Rhode Island that same year when the Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association was formed. Cat also serves as the president of the Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association and was named Rhode Island's Veterinary Technician of the Year in 2011. She is active with the Rhode Island Disaster Animal Response Team, which prepares to rescue and care for large and small domestic animals, as well as wildlife, in case of emergencies when they may face danger from a range of storms, floods, fires, oil spills and more. Cat works in a small animal general practice that specializes in holistic medicine. She was born, raised, and currently lives in Charlestown, R.I., with her husband, daughter, two cats and a dog.


Jennifer Limon

Jennifer Limon, MA, RVT


Jennifer Limon, MA, RVT, received her AS and BAS in veterinary technology, as well as an MA in adult education and has been a veterinary technician for 10 years. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. and leading the resurrection of the Louisiana Association of Veterinary Technicians, which has been dormant since the early 1990s. She is currently the clinical coordinator for the Veterinary Technology Program at Delgado Community College in New Orleans. Prior to starting at Delgado, Jennifer gained experience in both general practice as well as internal medicine. Jennifer is also the SCNAVTA faculty advisor for Delgado, and sits on the VTNE item writing committee. Jennifer has lectured at the Southwest Veterinary Symposium as well as at state conferences.


Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT 


Kara has worked in both human medicine and veterinary medicine. She began her career as an emergency counselor in the emergency department at Maine Medical Center working with patients in acute emotional/psychological distress. Kara also worked at the Maine Poison Control Center at Maine Medical Center as a poison specialist for both humans and animal poisonings. She received her license as a veterinary technician and worked as a veterinary technician in small animal practices in Maine. Currently, Kara works for Hill's Pet Nutrition as the veterinary technician specialist. She works with state, national, and specialty technician groups. Kara has presented and been published on nutrition and disease categories internationally.


Karen Walsh

Karen Walsh, LVMT


Karen Walsh, LVMT, is currently the executive director for McKarney Animal Care and Adoption Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., and an adjunct professor at Chattanooga State Technical Community College. Karen is a member of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association, ASPCA, Association of Avian Veterinarians, and Association of Veterinary Technician Educators.





Heather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM


Heather Prendergast has spent more than 19 years in small animal practice, and attended New Mexico State University to obtain a bachelor's degree in animal science. Once she completed her BS, Heather attended St. Petersburg College and received her associates degree in veterinary technology. She then continued, and completed the requirements needed to become a certified veterinary practice manager. She has taught several years for both veterinary technology and assistance programs and has authored the book, "Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team." Heather has lectured for several local, state and national organizations on topics ranging from grief management for healthcare professionals to nutrition, inventory, communications and team management for the veterinary healthcare teams. She has authored several articles and participated in published roundtable discussions with the goal of increasing client compliance and communication within the veterinary practice. Currently, Heather provides consulting services for veterinary hospitals, Nestle Purina Pet Care and is an instructor for Webster Veterinary University, VetMed Team and St. Petersburg College. Heather serves on several advisory committees, including the Bayer Animal Health Technician Advisory Council, Nestle Purina Senior Pet Advisory Committee and the AAHA Pet Nutrition Alliance Tools Committee.


Dan Swenson

Dan Swenson, CVT


Daniel Swenson, CVT, has worked as a lead veterinary technician and surgical technician. He has been the clinical coordinator and an instructor for the Veterinary Technology Program at Brown Mackie College in Boise for the last two years. Dan is also the vice president of the Idaho State Association of Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (ISVTA).





Vicky Ograin, MBA, RVT


Vicky Ograin, MBA, RVT, received her technician degree in 1983. She graduated from Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., and went into private practice in California, where she practiced for 18 years. Currently Vicky works for Hill's Pet Nutrition in Topeka, Kan., where she is works in the Technical Information Service offering nutritional support globally. Vicky completed a BS in business administration in 2007 and a MBA also in business administration in 2008. Vicky is a life member of NAVTA, as well as serving on the executive board as the secretary for 2011 to 2012. Vicky is on the organizing committee and secretary of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians. She is a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association; Veterinary Medical Association; the technician tract coordinator for the Pacific Veterinary Conference; on the House of Delegates and the RVT committee. Vicky is a member and secretary/treasurer of the Kansas Veterinary Technician Association. She is also a member of American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, California Registered Veterinary Technician Association, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, Technician Behavior Society and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. Vicky is a published author and speaks nationally and has taught nutrition at the Professional Veterinary Assistant Program. In 2011, she was awarded California RVT of the year.