Kansas Veterinary Technician Association 

Kansas Veterinary Technicians Association

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2020 KVTA Board 

President- Mary Berg, BS, RVT, VTS (Dentistry)

I received my B.S. in Biology/Microbiology from South Dakota State University, an A.S. in Laboratory Animal Science from Redlands Community College, and my A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. I am a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians and received her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Dentistry in June 2006. I am currently serving as the treasurer of the AVDT.

I currently have memberships to the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and the American Veterinary Dental Society. I worked with Odontex, Inc. and the University of Kansas for

over 13 years, specializing in veterinary dental research on products aimed at improving oral health.

I am currently the president of MLB Consulting, a veterinary dental consulting service. I have authored and co-authored over 45 publications including publications in the Journal of Dental Research, the Veterinary Technician Journal, and the NAVTA Journal and have been aspeaker and wet lab instructor at numerous conferences that include the North American Veterinary Conference, Annual Veterinary Forum, American Veterinary Medical Association Conference, and the AAHA conference.

President- Elect- Katie Baker, BS, RVT

Katie graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Agriculture in 2009. After returning to her hometown of St. Louis to work in a mixed animal practice, Katie attended Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri. Katie graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2013 with an AAS in Veterinary Technology.  After completing a small animal rotating internship at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine,  Katie joined the staff at Kansas State University in 2014 as an anesthesia veterinary nurse before transitioning to ophthalmology in 2017. Katie is currently working toward her VTS (Ophthalmology) & proudly supports the Veterinary Nursing Initiative (VNI). 

Katie resides in Enterprise, Kansas with her husband, Matt and her stepdaughter, Ashley. They have 3 cats (Sadie, Ginger & Daria) and 3 dogs (Bramlage, Gwen and Savitar). 

Secretary/ Treasurer- Vicky Ograin, MBA, RVT, VTS (Nutrition) 

Vicky received a registered technician degree in 1983. She served in private practice for 18 years in California, and then 18 years ago began a new career with Hill’s Pet Nutrition. At Hill’s, she is a Education Specialist. In 2007, she completed a Bachelor of Science and in 2008, she completed a Masters in 2008, both in Business Administration. Vicky is on the organizing committee and serves as secretary for the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians. She is a life member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and was the president of NAVTA in 2014. Vicky speaks national and internationally and is a published author. She has taught nutrition at a few veterinary technician programs.

Representative to the Veterinary Board- Angie Harris, BS, RVT

Angie grew up in Colby and was active in 4-H raising and showing cattle, sheep, pigs, as well as training and showing dogs. Growing up, she knew that working in the veterinary field is something she wanted to do at a very young age.

She is an alumna of Kansas State University where she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. After graduation she returned home and attended CCC’s Veterinary Nursing Program. She graduated from CCC in 2007 with her Veterinary Technician degree. She later received her Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) certification that same year.

She has worked in Colby at Swartz Veterinary Hospital for the last 13 years before joining CCC. She is excited for the new opportunity to teach at the college. Her mission is to be able to use her knowledge and experience to show the new veterinary nursing students that while this field is challenging it can be very exciting and fulfilling career. She is looking forward to being a chapter advisor for the Student Vet Tech Association on campus program and the NAVTA chapter advisor for the distance learning program and on campus program.

Angie keeps busy in her spare time by volunteering for the 4-H program by being a project leader for the dog obedience program. She also works at the movie theater and has an interest in photography. She is active in the Levant Community Church where she helps with Sunday School and Children’s Church. She has three Australian Shepherds named Gracie, Dallie, & Millie that are her 4-legged children that usually keep her active.

NAVTA State representative- Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition)

Kara Burns is a licensed veterinary technician originally from New England, now living in Kansas. She holds 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 in the Maine Medical Center emergency department. She also worked at Maine Poison Control as a poison specialist dealing with human and

animal poisonings.

She then made the move to veterinary medicine and worked in small animal private practice and a small animal and avian practice in Maine.

She is a member of many national and state associations and holds positions on many board in the profession - such as the AAHA Yearly Conference Development Committee – Technician Chair, AAVN technician liaison, the NAVTA Journal editorial board, NAHERC, KS SART, to name a few.

Kara is also the President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians, the tenth recognized specialty for veterinary technicians.

She has authored many articles 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 is the 2010 NAVTA Veterinary Technician

of the Year. Kara has also been named the National Association of Professional Women Woman of the Year’ for 2010-2011 and the Cambridge Who’s Who in Professionals V.I.P. for 2010-2011.

She enjoys spending time with her wife Dr. Ellen Lowery and their children. They are actively involved in

youth sports, 4-H, school activities, and church ministry.

Member at Large 2 year- Amanda Hackerott, RVT

Amanada Hackerott, RVT is Program Director of the WSUTech Veterinary Technology Program. She has about 10 years’ clinical experience in veterinary medicine and has been active in VT education for five years. Her special interests include emergency medicine and community involvement.

Member at large 1 year- Amanda McCormick, RVT

Amanda has been a RVT for 6 years, but has over 10 years of experience working with animals in a clinical setting, she is a graduate of Penn Foster College.  She recently graduated from Kansas State University with Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science and Industry with a minor in Business. She also holds a Certificate in Equine Science from Dodge City Community College.  Amanda started as the Director for ICC’s Vet Tech program in August of 2018.   She enjoys spending time with her 7yr old son and cowboy mounted shooting in her spare time.

Member at large 1 year- Tyler Appleby, RVT

Tyler Appleby grew up in Bennington, KS and started as a veterinary assistant his senior year of high school in 2015. He went on to receive his Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Colby Community College in 2017. He then moved to Aurora, CO and worked in general practice, overnight emergency, and some specialty fields. In August of 2019 he moved back to Colby, KS to become an instructor at Colby Community College.