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Executive Director
Jasmin Carlton
Home Province: 
Saskatchewan

Education: Applied Disaster and Emergency Management, Brandon University, Disaster and Emergency Management Masters Program, Royal Roads University

Work Experience:
Economic Development Officer, Town of Redvers & RM of Antler #61 from 2014-2016 
Economic Development Officer, Town of Carnduff & RM of Mount Pleasant #2 in 2013
Executive Assistant and TeleService Representative, Affinity Credit Union from 2009-2013
Loaned Representative, United Way of Saskatoon & Area in 2013

Previous Board/ Committee Experience:
Nutana Community Association, Newsletter Editor
Affinity Credit Union, Delegate/District Chairperson
Live Five Board of Directors, Member-at-Large
International Association of Emergency Managers, Treasurer, 2016-2017
Redvers Oil Show Committee, Secretary/Treasurer
Redvers Health Foundation Fundraising Committee, Secretary/Treasurer

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
Live in the Nutana community in Saskatoon with my partner (Jasmin) and Benny (Congo African Grey).  Enjoy travelling, reading, and my hobby is volunteering. 

 

Past-President 
Lois Ridgway, RVT
Home Province: 
Saskatchewan

Education: Diploma Biological Sciences (AHT option);
SIAST – Kelsey Campus 1981 - 1983

Work Experience:

  • Department of Veterinary Pathology, Necropsy Laboratory – 1983-1997;
    • positions held Technologist 1, 11, 111 and 1V; Supervisor 1991-1997
  • Prairie Diagnostic Services, Necropsy Facility (Laboratory) – 1997 – Present
    • Supervisor

Previous Board/ Committee  Experience:
Positions Held: 

  • WCVM Animal Health Technology (VT) Committee:  1988 - 2010
    • position held – Pathology Rotation Representative
  • South Corman Park Community Association:  2001 – Present;
    • positions held – Board Member & Secretary
  • PDS Statutory OH&S Committee:  2003 – Present;
    • Positions held – Member & Secretary
  • WCVM OH&S Committee:  June 1995 to Present
  • SAVT Board of Directors:  2001 – 2006 (dual appointment with CAAHTT)
    • Position held:  CAAHTT Representative
  • CAAHTT Board of Directors:  2001 – 2008;
    • Positions held:  SAVT Representative (2001- 2006); Vice President (2002-2006); President (2006-2008)
  • Saskatoon Youth Soccer Inc. Board of Directors: 2009 – 2012;
    • positions held – Board Member & Vice President
  • Pathology Club, WCVM  – 2006 - Present
    • Executive Member
*CAAHTT is now know as RVTTC

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
I would like to bring a number of things to the SAVT Board of Directors – Board experience, a “service” mindset particularly in how SAVT may serve its members’ needs, VT career experience, attention to detail, and a forward planning approach for the organization.

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
I am married and have two (maturing) sons.  I am busy tending to details associated with my career at the WCVM and the Necropsy Facility; my sons’ University, High School and sports related activities; our acreage – the yard and my garden; our rental housing business, and community based activities.  We have two cats, “Speaker” and “Momma Kitty” who are not supposed to live in the house but who have moved in, none the less.   My husband owns a law practice – Ridgway & Co., Prairie Law Group.  On my career front, my latest intrigues is a journey in learning all there is to know about alkaline hydrolysis tissue digesters...and the wonders of this “green” technological approach to decontaminating and handling animal/pet remains.

Secretary
Sheila Kucher, RVT 
Home Province: 
Saskatchewan

Education: Animal Health Technology, SIAST Kelsey Campus, 1985

Work Experience:
Research, Private practice, Feed Lot/Community Pasture

Previous Board/ Committee  Experience:
SAVT Vice-President, President, Past-President 2002-2004

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
I feel I can support our association in developing goals and plans for the future.

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
I have 2 horses I show and compete with; 2 dogs and 1 cat. I enjoy kayaking and volunteering with our local society.

 


 

President
Breanne Barber, RVT
Home Province: 
Saskatchewan

Education: Veterinary Technology SIAST Kelsey Campus 2011

Work Experience:
Head for the Hills Veterinary Health Services (Carlyle, SK) 2008-present

Previous Board/ Committee  Experience:
Learning something new.

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
I hope to bring new ideas to the SAVT board in 2016, be more involved with educating people about our amazing profession and to make sure that RVTs are given more recognition, treated fairly and appreciated in their workplace.

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
I starting working at Head for the Hills Veterinary Health Services in 2008 as a assistant and came back each summer to work while I was attending SIAST for 2 years, then became a permanent fixture as a Veterinary Technologist in 2011. I have a keen interest in small animal dentistry, feline behaviour, small animal nutrition and large animal herd health. I grew up on a grain and cattle farm near Nottingham, SK.  I became interested in Veterinary Medicine at a young age, growing up with animals and always wanting to help them. I began volunteering at local Veterinary Clinics in high school and realized that my passion would soon become a reality when I graduated from SIAST in 2011. I spend most of my days working but in my spare time I love going to Rider games, playing slow pitch, going for walks with my dog Missy and snuggling up with my SPCA-Saskatoon rescue cat Simba while watching TV. I have many more cats that I have rescued or taken in over the years that live out their lives as very well fed barn cats. They are good company for the horse, donkey and few cows that live in the barn.  

 


 

 

  Member-at-Large
Tara Holland, RVT
Home Province: 
Saskatchewan

Education: Animal Health Technology, Lakeland College, 2005

Work Experience:
Upon competition of the technology course I headed to Kelowna B.C and worked at a small animal/exotics general hospital for 5 years. I then headed to Calgary AB where I worked in a small animal Emergency/Specialty Animal Hospital for 3 years (I took maternity leave while working here). I then returned back to my roots in the Saskatoon area and have been back in small animal general practice for the last 5 years. I am currently the Lead Veterinary Technologist to a great group of Techs in an evolving small animal practice.

Previous Board/ Committee  Experience:
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic Veterinary Technology Program Advisory Committee

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
I am extremely passionate about the veterinary profession as a whole. I have always been extremely proud to be a Veterinary Technologist and would love to contribute to the recognition and betterment our profession deserves.

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
I have a boisterous 6 year old daughter as well as an 11 year old cranky cat name Zephyr, a 1 year old spunky cat name Riley and a sweet 7 year old Boston terrier Cross. Together my little family keeps me pretty busy. My daughter is always involved in various activities that we run to and from. I am also currently on a ball hockey team. I love to play sports, craft, paint, read and garden.  


President-Elect
Tamara McLoughlin, RVT
Home Province: 
Saskatchewan

 

Work Experience:
I started out in mixed practice after I graduated in 2002, in 2006 I started working as a quality assurance coordinator for a swine company, and in 2011 I moved into quality assurance for a chicken company for 4 years.  I currently do contract work on PEDv surveillance for Sask Pork and I am a food safety and animal welfare auditor for broiler chickens and broiler breeder birds in Saskatchewan.

Previous Board/ Committee  Experience:
CAAHTT Representative (now known as RVTTC), SAVT President-Elect, President, Past-President  2006-2011

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
I feel that as a tech that has been out of school for 16 years, a tech who has remained an Active member through 4 pregnancies and 3 maternity leaves and as a tech that is not working in practice I can provide a different perspective.    

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
I have 4 young children, 2 cats and a husband who all keep me on my toes.  I love to cook, I’m always trying new recipes and I’ve started taking cooking classes here and there, but I also look for any opportunity to go out for supper with my friends. 


Member-at-Large
April Penner, RVT
Home Province:
Saskatchewan

Education: Animal Health Technology, Lakeland College, 1996

Work Experience:
My first job as a RVT I worked on a pig farm near Perdue, SK. After that I worked for two years at Martensville veterinary hospital. I started my career at the Veterinary Medical Center, WCVM in 1998 to present date. For the last 11years I’ve been working in the small animal dentistry department. 

Previous Board/ Committee Experience:
• Regional Pony Club, Assistant DC -2015
• Heartland Pony Club, Secretary 2016-2017
• Technical/Stores and Security Representative for CUPE Local 1975. 2018

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
With my 20+ years as a RVT member I hope to bring my experience and love of our profession to new RVT grads. 

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
My husband Rob and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary this year. Proud parents of two children, Zachary and Kirsten. We have a shih tzu named Pearl, two cats Hex and Ace, and some fish. We also own a TB horse named Fed ( yes , Fred Penner ) that my daughter rides English/jumps. As a Family we enjoy traveling, downhill skiing and wake surfing. 


Financial Officer
Shannon McCallion, RVT
Home Province:
Saskatchewan

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Regina
Medical and Logistical Administration, Public and Media Relations, Training and Recruitment, Canadian Forces
Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Management, SIAST
Diploma in Veterinary Technology, SIAST

Work Experience:
I started the Veterinary Technologist Program in 2008 as a mature student with extensive work history in various fields, including the military, security, retail and human resources.  Since graduating in 2010, I have worked in predominantly small animal clinics. 

Previous Board/ Committee Experience:
- Student Representative, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts Board, University of Regina
- Financial Audit Committee, Royal Regina Rifles - Member and Chair
- Castle Heights Condo Association - Member, President, and Past-President 
- Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association - Member, President, and Past-President, Regina Police Service
- Program Advisory Committee for Veterinary Technology - Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Member 2015-2017, Chair
   2018

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
I believe my varied and diverse experiences provide a unique perspective for the Board.  I also bring an enthusiasm for mentoring and developing individual potentials, along with a strong belief in continuing education.

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
I am without a fur-companion for the first time in 25 years after the recent passing of my 19 ½ yr. old Bailey, so must rely on my numerous pet-sitting commitments for my animal family.  I am an insatiable bibliophile, never going anywhere without a book in my bag, and I always have a book-on-CD playing in my car.  I love to learn new skills and seek new experiences, enjoy puzzles and word games, cards, and British television mysteries and often can be found walking at the dog park, just to get my "puppy-fix".

Interesting Fact About You:
I love to learn everyday phrases in many languages – one phrase I can say in 9 languages.  

  


RVTTC Director
Carolyn Cartwright, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)
Home Province:
Saskatchewan

Education: Animal Health Technology SIAST Kelsey Campus 1985

Work Experience:

  • Veterinary Medical Center, Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Manager, BJ Hughes Centre for Clinical Learning
  • Member of SAVT, RVTTC, AVTAA, NAVTA, IVAPM

Previous Board/Committee Experience:
SAVT President, SAVT Vice-President, SAVT Conference Chair, SAVT 25th Anniversary Planners, RVTTC Director; SIAST, Lakeland & WCVM college advisory committees, various sub-committees

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
I am a long time active member of SAVT and RVTTC, have many years of experience as a RVT, on a variety of committees and am very dedicated to our profession.  I look forward to working with SAVT & RVTTC in promoting veterinary technology and being part of the national voice.

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
I am married to Glen, have 3 kids; Matt, Danny & Laura. We live on a farm by Blackstrap Lake, with numerous critters; horses, dogs, cats, coy, & Curtis, the pot belly pig. I enjoy time with friends & family, horseback riding, travelling, fishing, gardening, reading, music, painting & crafts. I keep busy with working, the farm chores & many volunteer committees, both with the RVT world and at the community level.

RVTTC Director
Darlene Ford, RVT
Home Province:
Saskatchewan

Education: Animal Health Technology SIAST Kelsey Campus 1986

Work Experience:

  • Animal Management services: 1986-1993
  • Harding Swine: 1997-1999
  • Animal Health Clinic of Humboldt: 2006-present

Previous Board/Committee Experience:
25th anniversary planning committee

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
I can honestly say that I still love what I do, and it has been 25 years. I find that a lot of people still do not understand what a VT does or what we are capable of doing. I am looking forward to being involved with this amazing group of people that work so hard to educate about and improve this profession.

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
I live on a farm west of Humboldt with my husband Collin and 2 boys Harris and Simon. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, yoga, snowshoeing, yardwork, reading, knitting, felting, papermaking, pottery etc etc etc. Our family also includes a lab cross, named Megan, 5 cats: Drew Stomach, Oprah, Cheapy Cheapy, Khari and Phyllis. 2 rabbits: Kip and Bueno and an elderly fish named Debbie.


Conference Coordinator
Kenzie Makowsky, RVT
Home Province:
Saskatchewan

Education: Veterinary Technology SIAST Kelsey Campus 1999

Work Experience:
Kenzie worked as both a volunteer and summer employee at the Saskatoon Zoo while attending Vet Tech school. She worked weekends and evenings in a small animal practice until she graduated. She continued on at that same clinic until 2002. Although she took a very “extended mat-leave” to raise her family, she never let her membership or CE lapse. She took a course in Wildlife Rehabilitation with the WRSOS in 2010 and was most recently hired on by the SAVT as the current Conference Coordinator in May of 2014.

Previous Board/Committee Experience:
While her children were small, Kenzie volunteered and held various board positions for their activities as well as organizations such as RCMP Cadet Corp. In 2010, she was ready to come back to the world of Veterinary Technology, and she volunteered as Conference Chair for 3 years.

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
Kenzie just may be the only Vet Tech on the planet with NO pets. She is in the process of convincing her husband (who has cat and dog allergies) that it’s a good idea to try at least try fostering some animals. In her spare time (which is limited with two school aged kids) Kenzie likes to travel, and continues to volunteer for her kids’ various activities.


Student Liason 1st Year
Ashley Martin
Home Province:
Saskatchewan

Education: Business Administration Diploma, Lakeland College - 2008
Legal Assistant Diploma, Saskatoon Business College - 2009
Veterinary Technology, SaskPolytechnic - 2020

Work Experience:
Legal Assistant

Previous Board/Commitee Experience:

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
I hope to bring a student voice to the board and share ideas between the association and fellow students.

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
I grew up on a grain farm near Delisle.  I currently live in Warman with my husband, Eric, and my dog, Brady.  My favourite things include travelling, spending time at the lake in the summer, music, anything Disney, and gardening. 

Student Liason 2nd Year
Marlayna Morgan
Home Province:
Born in New Brunswick, grew up across Canada

Education:
Veterinary Technology SK Polytechnic 2019
Thompson Rivers University, General Studies

Work Experience:
Bar and Restaurant Management 

Previous Board/Committee Experience:
Melfort Kinettes

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
I hope to bring the student perspective to the meetings, and to take the committee's progress back to the students to further all of our involvement

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
Between my sleepless nights studying and time in class, I like to spend my time outdoors either camping, fishing, or both!  Of course no trip would be complete without my best friend Gator, the family beagle! 

Interesting Fact About You: 
I'm a Hufflepuff!

Student Liason 2nd Year
Mabel Ng
Home Province:
British Columbia 

Education: 
BSc. in Animal Bio Science, University of Saskatchewan, 2012-2016
Veterinary Technology SK Polytechnic 2019

Work Experience:
Burnaby Mountain Mantas Swim Club, Competitive Swim Coach, 2008-2015
University of Saskatchewan Residence Department, Resident Assistant, 2014/-2016
PetSmart Grooming Salon, Professional Dog Bather, 2016-2017

Previous Board/Committee Experience:
New!

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
Involving students in industry decisions and sharing insights and ideas between current professionals and future professionals.

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
Ten year old Pomeranian at home in BC.  Being outside - swimming, hiking, skating, etc. 

Interesting Fact About You: 
I'm a retired competitive swimmer! 

Lakeland Advisory Committee
Patricia Perrin, RVT
Home Province:  Saskatchewan

Sk Polytechnic Advisory Committee

Breanne Barber, RVT
Home Province:  Saskatchewan