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About Today’s Veterinary Nurse

As an official journal of the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC), Today’s Veterinary Nurse has a mission to provide world-class continuing professional development and support services for the global veterinary healthcare community.

With practical peer-reviewed, state-of-the-art companion animal nursing and technical educational CE, Today’s Veterinary Nurse is dedicated to improving and supporting the skill set and professional development of veterinary nurses and assistants as they advance their career.


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

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 and as a poison specialist dealing with human and animal poisonings. Kara is the Founder and President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians. She works as an independent nutritional consultant and teaches veterinary nutrition around the world. Kara is a consultant for the Lafeber Company and Emeraid.

Kara is currently the President of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). She is a member of many national, international, and state associations and holds positions on many boards in the profession: American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition executive board technician liaison; LGVMA board treasurer; International Society for Sports Nutrition; and the Pet Nutrition Alliance executive board, 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 North American Veterinary Conference Technician Speaker of the Year in 2013 and in 2016. 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 and her wife Dr. Ellen Lowery enjoy spending time with their three children and their pet family – which includes a French bulldog, a mini Aussie/border collie cross, 6 birds, and 5 indoor cats.

Editor Emeritus

Lynne Johnson-Harris, 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.

Editorial Advisory Board

Brenda K. Feller, CVT, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia and Analgesia)

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.

Jeanne R. PerroneJeanne 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 Reuss-Lamky, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia, Surgery) | Oakland Veterinary Referral Services | Bloomfield Hills, MichiganHeidi Reuss-Lamky, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia, Surgery), Oakland Veterinary Referral Services, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Heidi 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 L. Smith, RVT, VTS (Oncology) Portland Veterinary Specialists Portland, MaineKathi 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.

Kenichiro YagiKenichiro Yagi, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), Adobe Animal Hospital

Ken practices at Adobe Animal Hospital as an ICU and Blood Bank Manager. He is an active educator, lecturing internationally, providing practical instruction, and authoring texts, chapters, and articles on transfusion medicine, respiratory care, and critical care nursing.

He serves on the boards of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, on the Veterinary Innovation Council, and as the NAVTA State Representative Chairperson. He is a graduate student in veterinary medicine and surgery through the University of Missouri. Ken invites all veterinary technicians to ask “Why?” to understand the “What” and “How” of our field and to constantly pursue new goals as veterinary professionals.

Ann Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM, Nutrition) | Belleville, MichiganAnn 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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