2019 CaRVTA Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.