About Today’s Veterinary Nurse

Today’s Veterinary Nurse is an official peer-reviewed journal of the NAVC. This quarterly publication is free to veterinary professionals and provides information on a wide variety of clinical topics and industry information important to the veterinary practice today.


lynn Lynne Johnson-Harris, LVT, RVT

Ms. Johnson-Harris has been involved with the NAVC as a speaker and moderator since 1990. She was the first veterinary technician to serve as an elected Board member of the NAVC, serving the Board from 2003 to 2015. Ms Johnson-Harris was also the first veterinary technician to serve as the President of the NAVC (2013-2014). Along with being the Editor in Chief of the Today’s Veterinary Nurse journal, Ms. Johnson-Harris is the NAVC Specialty Programs manager and the practice manager at Hinckley Animal Hospital.



Brenda K. Feller, CVT, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia and Analgesia)
Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida, Naples, Florida

Brenda graduated from Michigan State University, one of the first veterinary technician programs in the United States. She has worked in private practice, a university anesthesia department, and specialty practices during her career. She is not only a board member at large of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia, but also a member of the academy’s exam, pre-application, and conference committees. She is married to Doug, a retired veterinarian, with three grown children and a growing number of grandchildren! Doug and Brenda share their house with a rescue Westie mix.

Brenda currently works at the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida in Naples, is a frequent speaker at major conferences, and teaches online anesthesia classes. In her spare time, she likes to Rollerblade and read nonfiction.



Rosemary Lombardi, CVT, VTS (Emergency and Critical Care)
Director of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital

Rosemary graduated from Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA, and became a CVT in 1990. She earned her VTS (ECC) in 2007. She has worked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Vet for 25 years, with the majority of that time spent in critical care nursing and management. In 2009, she spent a year working at The University of Missouri Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s intensive care unit. Currently, she is Director of Nursing at Penn Vet, a position she has held since 2011.


Rosemary has a special love of dachshunds, particularly her own “Sweet Pea.”

Jeanne Jeanne R. Perrone, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
VT Dental Training, Plant City, Florida

Jeanne earned her AAS degree in veterinary technology from Parkland College in Champaign, IL, and her credential as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Dentistry in 2006. From 2006 to 2015, she worked as a dentistry technician at Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists in Largo, FL, and The Pet Dentist of Tampa Bay in Wesley Chapel, FL. She is currently self-employed as a consultant, trainer, and educator for technicians in veterinary dentistry. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor for the BAS VT program in dentistry at St Petersburg College and an online instructor of dentistry courses at VetMedTeam.com.


A founding member and former president of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians, Jeanne is also the editor of Small Animal Dental Procedures for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, published in 2012 by Wiley-Blackwell.

heidi Heidi Reuss-Lamky, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia, Surgery)
Oakland Veterinary Referral Services, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Ms. Heidi Reuss-Lamky graduated from Michigan State University’s Veterinary Technology Program in 1984, and has devoted her technical expertise to the surgical department of specialty hospitals since 1993. In 2006, she became affiliated with Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

She became board certified through the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2003, and served on the credentials committee from 2005 to 2009. She served in the president’s role on the Executive Board of the Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians from 2007 to 2009. She is a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians and currently sits on the executive board.


She is an accomplished author and lecturer and was presented with the 2013 NAVC Dr. Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecturer award.


kathi Kathi L. Smith, RVT, VTS (Oncology)
Portland Veterinary Specialists, Portland, Maine

Kathi graduated from Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, CA, in 1979. She is currently licensed in California and Maine. She has worked in many settings, from academia, at UC Davis, to referral practices in Sacramento, to her current position as senior oncology technician at Portland Veterinary Specialists in Portland, ME. She is Past President of both AIMVT (Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians) and the VTCS (Veterinary Technician Cancer Society) and now mentors applicants seeking their specialty credentialing in oncology.


Kathi has lectured at several conferences, including the AAHA and NAVC conferences and WVC. Her clinical interests include cytology, hematology, infectious diseases, hyperthyroidism in cats, and anything related to cancer.


Deborah Deborah A. Stone, MBA, PhD, CVPM
StoneVPM, Austin, Texas

Deborah has been involved with the veterinary profession for nearly 30 years and has experience in specialty, emergency, and general practice management.


She earned an MBA with a concentration in business management and completed her PhD in Organizational Leadership. Deborah is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, accredited from the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. She devotes much of her time to community service activities and holds memberships with several veterinary-related associations and organizations.


Deborah is a national speaker, founder of Austin City Unlimited Veterinary Management Symposium, and published author of practice management/professional development articles. She enjoys spending time with her family as well as performing with her bands, the LaxaTones and No-Lo Prophets.



daniel Daniel J. Walsh, MPS, RVT, LVT, VTS (Clinical Pathology)
Purdue University (Retired)

Dan’s veterinary career began when he worked in a small animal practice during college. Upon graduation, he served in the Army as a Veterinary Care Specialist and had the privilege of caring for the Army mascot mules for a time. After discharge, he worked in mixed animal practice. Dan subsequently taught in the veterinary technology programs at SUNY Delhi for 28 years and Purdue University for over 11 years.


Dan holds an associate degree in veterinary technology; associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science; and a graduate certificate in veterinary homeland security. He is a member of several associations, including NAVTA and the Uniformed Veterinary Medical Association.


Dan and his wife, Jamie, who is also a RVT and a registered nurse, live in Indiana with their one-eyed cat, Howling Mad Wild Willy.


danielAnn Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM, Nutrition)
4 Cats Consulting, Belleville, Michigan

Ann is a 1983 graduate of Michigan State University. She has worked in general, emergency, and specialty practice, as well as education and management.

Ann is active in her state, national, and specialty organizations and served on the organizing committees for the internal medicine and nutrition veterinary technician specialties. She has mentored over 15 fellow veterinary technician specialists.

She has published over 45 articles in professional magazines, as well as book chapters, and is a coauthor of Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, now in its second edition. Ann received the 2009 Service Award for her state association (MAVT), the 2010 Achievement Award for the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT), and the 2012 Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecture Award, presented at NAVC.



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Thomas M. Bohn, MBA, CAE


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Laura C.S. Walker


Nick Paolo, MS, MBA


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Lillian McAnally


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Michelle Taylor


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David Beagin


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Renee Luttrell


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Cheryl Hobbs
Maureen McKinney

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Gail Gibson, DVM


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Melinda D. Merck, DVM


K. Leann Kuebelbeck, DVM


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Cheryl Good, DVM


Laurel Kaddatz, DVM


Paige Allen, MS, RVT


Harold Davis, Jr, BA, RVT, VTS (Emergency and Critical Care) (Anesthesia)


Sally Haddock, DVM


Bob Lester, DVM


Mark Russak, DVM