Carmen graduated from Macomb Community College in 2005 with an Associates of Science in Veterinary Technician. She furthered her education and received her Bachelors of Health Services Administration in 2015. She has a strong passion for caring for animals and making a positive difference in their lives. During her career, she worked in many different industry sectors including; general practice, emergency medicine, education, research and currently oncology. Oncology is where she found her calling working closely with patients and clients. She plans on applying for her VTS in oncology in the near future. When she is not working you will find her strength training and spending time outdoors biking or kayaking with her husband, daughter, and family dog Sabre.
Ever since I was a kid being raised on a horse farm, I knew veterinary medicine was my calling. I loved everything about animals and wanted to be a veterinarian. I was accepted to Michigan State University in the Pre-Vet Program and quickly changed direction once I found out what a Veterinary Technician was. I graduated from MSU in 1988 and still absolutely love this profession. My career started out in general medicine and then took a change in direction joining a clinical research project in Oncology at Henry Ford Hospital, treating people’s pets with cancer. While we were gaining information to directly impact how people were treated, we were able to treat people’s pets in the process. When the study ended, I took a little time off to start my family. I have three amazing daughters that I am so proud of. I couldn’t stay away too long and ended up taking a position at Animal Cancer and Imaging in Rochester at the time, still working with cancer patients and their amazing owners. I was invited to be a guest speaker at Macomb Community College in the Veterinary Technician Program, and I realized I was ready to start giving back to this amazing profession. Not long after that, I was hired as the full time Laboratory Supervisor and have been there now for 14 years! The joy that it brings to work with an awesome team and see students go from knowing nothing about veterinary medicine to transforming their confidence, proficiently and professionalism to be outstanding veterinary technicians is incredible. This profession for me is truly an amazing calling and I am excited to join the MAVT Team and continue to support our profession which is more important now than ever!
I am a Licensed Veterinary Technologist (LVT) who has had the great pleasure of working in one of the best professions. I have worked in the animal health care field for more than 30 years and have spent my life dedicated to caring for animals and teaching future generations of LVTs. I earned my Associates of Applied Science degree from Macomb Community College in 1991 and went on to complete my Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Sienna Heights University in 2018.
It has been an exciting journey. For 15 years, I worked in a very progressive multi-doctor small animal practice. Much of my role was in surgery and anesthesia and I also spent 7 years as the Medical Services Manager in this practice before moving on to teaching. In 2006, I became a full-time faculty in the Veterinary Technician Program at Macomb Community College. I teach a wide variety of classes including anatomy and physiology, anesthesia, clinical pathology, radiology, and animal health careers.
In addition to my current position as Corresponding Secretary, I also served on the MAVT Executive Board from 2008-2011. During that time, I held various positions including President in 2010. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, boating, and all things outdoors!
Natalie is a 2018 graduate of Baker College of Jackson. Originally from Kentucky, she started her veterinary career as a high school student (2005) in a mixed animal practice. She spent the next 13 years as a veterinary assistant/unlicensed technician working for various busy small animal practices and abroad that broadened her skills in general medicine, military-related veterinary medicine, emergency, field medicine, practice management and education. Natalie has recently transitioned into the field of laboratory/research so that she can pursue a VTS in Dentistry. She is extremely passionate about giving the knowledge and strength, that she has been offered, back to the veterinary community to ensure continuation and advancement of the field. Natalie also holds several non-veterinary related titles, such as assistant coach for Dansville High School Girls Soccer, USSF Soccer Referee, and 4-H leader/consultant. When not pursuing her busy lifestyle, she spends time with her family, Beagle (CiCi), cat (Dusty), and 35lb Sulcata Tortoise (Rainy).
From the first day I went to work with my mom at her veterinary hospital, I always knew I wanted to work with animals. I was originally going to become a veterinarian and I even went to University of Michigan Dearborn for two years for pre-veterinary. However, during my time there, I really decided that the veterinary technician route was the one for me. I started at Baker College of Clinton Township, got accepted into the program, and graduated in 2018 with my Associates of Applied Science. I worked as a kennel attendant/veterinary assistant all throughout school and was offered a job at Dearborn Family Pet Care after completing my externship with them. I've been working there ever since. When I'm not at work, I love spending time with friends, family, and Labrador/Malamute/Newfoundland mix, Cupid. I also enjoy going for walks and reading in my spare time.
Cindy has been in the veterinary field since 1994, starting out as a receptionist and veterinary assistant. During college, she also worked part-time at Harper Woods Veterinary Emergency from 1996-1998 as a non-licensed technician.
She graduated from Wayne County Community College/Wayne State University (WCCC/WSU) Technical Program in 1998 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science of Veterinary Technology. In 1999, she began teaching evening classes for WCCC/WSU as a lab instructor for clinical pathology, radiology, anesthesia, and small animal nursing. She also received the Veterinary Technician of the Year Award 2003 from the Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians.
After going back to school to continue her education in business management, Cindy earned her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) title by passing the certification exam in October of 2012. Most recently, Cindy has successfully completed a Compassion Fatigue certification course and earned the designation of Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP). She is grateful to bring awareness to this area of concern in the veterinary field and hopes to help support her staff and colleagues with this training whenever possible. She is a member of the Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians (MAVT), National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA) and Veterinary Hospital Manager's Association (VHMA). Currently, Cindy is the Practice Manager at Dearborn Family Pet Care where she has been working full-time since 1995. Cindy is very passionate about bring awareness of the importance of moving Licensed Veterinary Technicians forward professionally in the veterinary field and is excited to join the MAVT executive board to give back to the field that has given her so much purpose in her personal career. When Cindy is not working, she enjoys spending quality time with her family (husband – Michael, 6yr. old daughter -Anna, 2 cats – Nala & Bernie, guinea pig– Elsa and rabbit– Carrots), traveling to explore new places, decorating and re-decorating her home and getting her hands dirty in the garden.
Natasha is a 2005 graduate from Baker College in Flint. She started her career working in small animal practice and eventually moved into a field position with IDEXX Laboratories. She spent 10+ years with IDEXX working as a diagnostic specialist in practices across the US. She most recently transitioned into the educational sector when she took a position with the Macomb Community College Veterinary Technician Program. Natasha has an in-depth understanding of how hospitals function, the varying challenges that are present day to day, and the vital role that technicians can play. She has a strong passion to help technicians be successful in their role and is excited to help technicians develop the skills and confidence needed in practice. When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her husband and her animals, which include two rescue mutts and a cat.
I decided to pursue Veterinary Technology following an education and a 25 year career as a professional musician. I continue to teach private voice and piano lessons at my husband’s established Music Academy, but my passion shifted dramatically after graduating from the Macomb Community College Veterinary Technician Program in 2011. I had the opportunity to learn a diverse set of skills while working in Veterinary Hospitals and ended up working as a practice manager/ LVT for a Mobile Veterinary Practice. My love for working closely with pets and pet parents progressed into a special interest in geriatric patients. I became certified in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care and work as an Animal Hospice Consultant and Technician for pet parents seeking the best quality of life for their aging pets. I have come full circle and have had the honor of working with Macomb Community College Veterinary Technician students as a lab assistant in the Vet Tech Program. I am also looking forward to assisting the large animal classes this fall at the Bower’s School Farm. I was at the farm this summer teaching the Veterinary Science Camp, spreading enthusiasm to young people about the veterinary profession. When I’m not helping others with their pets, I am busy hanging out with my 3 adult children and caring for my own pets; including my 2 dogs (Pumpkin and Oliver), cat (Bagheera) guinea pig (Spike) and two fresh water fish tanks. At home, I enjoy working in my gardens, recording music and together with my daughter, I am working on an autobiography about life as a family brought together through adoption.
Michigan, United States