Kansas Veterinary Technician Association 

Kansas Veterinary Technicians Association

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2019 President

 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, Chair - NAVTA Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties, NAHERC, KS SART, and is the president- elect of the Kansas Veterinary Technician Association, to name a few.





2019 President- elect

Mary Berg, BS, RLATG, 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 practice manager and dental specialist at Gentle Care Animal Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas, as well as 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 a speaker 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.


2019 Secretary/Treasurer

Vicky Ograin, MBA, RVT, VTS (Nutrition)  


Vicky received her technician degree in 1983. She served in private practice for 18 years in California, and then 11 years ago began a new career with Hill?s Pet Nutrition.  In 2007, she completed a Bachelor of Science and in 2008, she completed a Masters, both in Business Administration.


Vicky obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in nutrition in June 2013 and serves as secretary for the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians. She is also the Secretary/Treasurer for the Kansas Veterinary Technician Association. She is a life member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), and is the president for 2014.


She is also a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association, serving on the RVT committee.  In 2011 she was awarded California Registered Veterinary Technician of the year.


Vicky speaks national and internationally and is a published author





2019 Representative to the Veterinary Board

Melissa Vogt, BS RVT

Melissa  graduated from Colby Community College in 2010 with an Associate of Applied  Science in Veterinary Technology and an Associate of Arts in General Studies. I  then passed my state board and VTNE to become an RVT. I moved to Lawrence, KS  and worked in a progressive 2 doctor practice for the next 2 years. During that  time, I started the Technology Management online program through K-State at  Salina. I moved back to Colby, KS in June 2012 and began designing courses and  teaching in the Distance Learning Veterinary Technology Program at Colby  Community College.


Melissa graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Technology  Management in May 2013 and started work on a Master of Agribusiness--Animal  Health through K-State at Olathe in August 2013.


Melissa  is the NAVTA chapter advisor for the Distance Learning Veterinary Technology Program at Colby Community College.


2019 NAVTA State representative

 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).


2019 Member at Large 2 year 

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.


2019 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.