Leslie Boudreau, BASVT, RVTg, CVPM, PHR, PHRca
Leslie has been a veterinary technologist and practice manager in Southern California for over 25 years. She received her A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Mt. San Antonio College, and her BASVT in Veterinary Technology – Hospital Management, from St. Petersburg College. In 2011, she became a CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager) a designation held by less than 400 Veterinary Practice Managers worldwide. Leslie holds 2 human resource certifications that she uses daily in practice. Leslie is currently a Practice Manager at Animal Hospital of Huntington Beach, a 7 veterinarian, 50 staff, AAHA accredited small animal & exotic practice.
Jeffrey Backus, RVT, VTS (ECC), CaRVTA Vice President, RVT of the Year Committee Chair
Jeffrey started as a veterinary assistant in general practice in 1995. He began working at an overnight ER in 2004 and has done emergency and critical care ever since. He became a RVT in 2009 and was an ER/ICU Supervisor at Animal Urgent Care for over 12 years. Jeffrey also taught part time at his alma mater, Heritage College, for 7 years and is a Program Advisory Committee member for Platt College, Alhambra. In 2013, he passed the AVECCT exam and became credentialed as a VTS(ECC), sat on the AVECCT exam committee for 3 years, and now is on the credentialing committee. He has also been a subject matter expert for the CA VMB. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the California RVT Association, CaRVTA. Most recently, he moved to Massachusetts to join academia, working as an ICU technician at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He is also a frequent lecturer and speaker on all topics related to emergency and critical care, with a focus on toxicology, ECG, pain management, and endocrine emergencies.
Nancy Ehrlich, RVT
Nancy worked in a general practice and a dental specialty practice as an RVT/Practice manager from 1969-2005. From 2006 -2007, she was a part-time instructor in Veterinary Dentistry at Foothill College. Since 1994, she has been the owner/manager of DentaLabels, a company that distributes veterinary dental charts. Nancy also served as a member of the Veterinary Medical Board RVT Committee from 1998-2007, CVMA RVT Committee Chair from 1991-1994, Wild West Veterinary Conference Technician Program Chair from 1991-1997, and Board Member for the Bay Area Veterinary Technicians Association from 1976-1998. Nancy currently serves as the Treasurer and Regulatory/Legislative Advocate for the California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association (CaRVTA). She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sandy Gregory M. Ed, RVT, CCRA, CaRVTA Director
Since 2001, Sandy has traveled through the U.S.as a RVT to work with a variety of animals including monk seals in Hawaii, gorillas in Texas, marine mammals and birds in Alaska. She also shares a passion for such animals as rabbits, rodents, exotics, large animals and of course dogs and cats. Sandy was awarded California Veterinary Technician of the Year in 2014. In 2008 Sandy started teaching at Foothill College in the Veterinary Technology Program. She has been the advisor for the Student Chapter of NAVTA since 2011 and was awarded Advisor of the Year in 2012. She is on the California RVT Association Board Of Directors and served on the Subcommittee to the Veterinary Medical Board for Animal Physical Rehabilitation. She is the founder and creator of the Small Animal Surgery day. This is an event that invites local veterinarians, Foothill College alumni and students to help spay and neuter small animals from local rescue groups. Since that time there has been over 300 small animals altered because of this event. Sandy has become an active conference lecturer on animal physical rehabilitation and marine mammals. She became certified through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Animal Physical Rehabilitation and has been in the field since 2004. She is on the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians. Sandy also spends time at Holistic Veterinary Care, Wildwood Veterinary Hospital and the Marine Mammal Center in California.
Allyne Moon, RVT
Allyne Moon has been working in veterinary medicine since 1992. She received her LVT license from the State of Alaska in 2003, her Californian RVT license in 2004, is an Expert Witness for the State of California, and is a former VMB Hospital Inspector. As a result of a continued interest in improving the veterinary community, she lectures nationally and locally on a variety of subjects including: veterinary forensics, shelter medicine, radiation safety, compassion fatigue, and veterinary law. Allyne’s love for animals led her to work for an open-admission municipal animal shelter in Southern California, treating a wide variety of animals and conditions ranging from upper respiratory infections to gunshot wounds and vehicular trauma. In her “spare time,” Allyne volunteers at veterinary free clinics run by Downtown Dog Rescue (South Central LA) and Amanda Foundation (Watts). She is also heavily involved in veterinary professional organizations, to include having served as the chair of the Para-Professional Chapter of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (2009-2015), and currently serving on the SCVMA Wellness Task Force, on the advisory board of Cal Poly Pomona and Stanbridge University’s RVT programs, as secretary of the SCVMA Educational Grant Board, President of the California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association, and is the first non-DVM to be appointed to the SCVMA Board of Trustees. These groups enable Allyne to help assistants and RVT’s continue to move ahead in the field of Veterinary Medicine.
Jen Lee, RVT, VTS(ECC)
Jen has been involved in rescue and veterinary medicine for close to 15 years. Starting in 2000, Jen worked with several rescue groups and humane societies, participating in high quality high volume spay neuter, adoption counseling and behavior modification. In 2006, Jen joined Pet Emergency and Specialty Center of Marin, a 24-hour specialty and emergency hospital serving the Bay Area. This lead to 10 years of work in emergency and critical care, culminating in her earning the Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care credential. While at PESCM, Jen was known for her exacting standards and inspiring her team to deliver the highest level of care possible. Jen joined the CARVTA board of directors in 2014 because she is passionate about education, supporting individual professional development and the advancing the profession.
Anita Levy, RVT
Anita got her start in 2001 at Purrfurably Cats in Monterey, California. There she worked under the tutelage of Dr. Gary Brake. The experiences she had with Dr Brake started her on the path of making veterinary medicine her career. She completed her AHT program at Hartnell College in Salinas, California in 2008. Since then, she has worked in all sorts of areas of veterinary medicine: emergency, day practice, specialty, and academia. Anita also has an interest in disaster response for animals and was deployed to assist the ASPCA during the recovery from the 2011 tornado that destroyed much of Joplin, Missouri. A few years ago, Anita decided to take a leave of absence from veterinary medicine to improve her pharmaceutical knowledge. Anita obtained her Pharmacy Technician License and continued learning in the field for over a year before returning with the now extended knowledge to her career of choice as a RVT. This was very useful as the reporting changes that have come to veterinary medicine have been in place for quite a while on the human side. Most recently, Anita joined Wagly Pet Campus. With this new start up she has been able to further develop and hone her practice management skills. Perhaps more importantly, she has had the opportunity to help set up a new, state of the art, facility that can meet nearly all of its clients needs while continuing to help establish best practices every day for the patients, clients and staff. Currently, she is also pursuing her VTS in Clinical practice.
When the opportunity presents itself, she likes to crochet, knit, quill, or do really any crafty type things.
Elaine Myers, MS, RVT
Elaine Myers is the Hospital Administrator for the Orange County Emergency Pet Clinics. She oversees both the Garden Grove and Fullerton locations, which provide emergency pet care for the Orange County area in Southern California. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where she received her Master’s degree in Animal Science. She was a member of the Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Team at the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, where she also taught Animal and Biomedical Science courses. She is a published author in the NAVTA journal. She has been a CA Registered Veterinary Technician since 1998 and spent over a decade working with patients in emergency veterinary medicine before focusing on teaching and administration. She currently lives in Corona, CA with her husband and two children.
Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC), VTS (SAIM), CaRVTA Director
Over the 18 years in practice, Ken has discovered and refined his role as a veterinary technician by promoting compassionate and progressive care for the patients and their family. He obtained his VTS certification in emergency and critical care as well as small animal internal medicine and obtained his master's degree in Veterinary Science. He is currently the ICU Manager and Blood Bank Manager at Adobe Animal Hospital, and is the Program Director for RECOVER CPR Initiative. Ken has co-edited the Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking and has published over 25 text chapters and articles in publications such as the Veterinary Team Brief and Today’s Veterinary Nurse. He speaks internationally and has given over 800 presentations.
Ken works to encourage further recognition of the vital role of the veterinary nurses and technicians through work with organizations such as the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America co-chairing the Veterinary Nurse Initiative, and serving as a board member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, and the Veterinary Innovation Council. He pursues these goals by showing the value of the profession’s perspective in veterinary medicine.
Ken invites everyone to ask “Why?” to understand the “What” and “How” of our field, and to constantly pursue new limits as veterinary professionals and individuals.