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



Kara Burns is a licensed veterinary technician with a master’s degree in physiology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She began her career in human medicine working as an emergency psychologist. She made the move to veterinary medicine and worked in small animal private practice and a small animal and avian practice in Maine. 


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 digital platforms and in person. She also is a consultant for the Lafeber Company/Emeraid and is Director of Nursing for Brief Media and co-editor of Veterinary Team Brief. Kara also works as an independent nutritional consultant.

Kara is a member of many national, international, and state associations and holds positions on numerous boards; AAVN executive board technician liaison; Western Veterinary Conference Technician Education Manager; LGVMA board Treasurer; Society of Veterinary Medical Ethics Board; International Society for Sports Nutrition; and the Pet Nutrition Alliance executive board, just 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 2013 North American Veterinary Conference Technician Speaker of the Year. 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 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.


She enjoys spending time with her wife Dr. Ellen Lowery and their children. The family also includes two sheep, chickens, a French bulldog, A Border collie/Aussie mix, 6 birds, and 5 indoor cats (one of which is three legged)!

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