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)
Anita Levy, RVT
Elaine Myers, MS, RVT
Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC), VTS (SAIM), CaRVTA Director
A switch inside Kenichiro Yagi’s head was flipped on when a mentor asked him the question “Do you like being a veterinary technician?” many years ago and the spontaneous answer was “Yes. I really do”.
Over the 17 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 while practicing at his current place of employment, Adobe Animal Hospital, as an ICU Manager and Blood Bank Manager. Ken’s role has progressed from directly caring for patients to providing an environment for others to do the same.
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.
His endeavors are made possible through support from his family, Iris, Haruto, and Haruka. 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.