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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. 

 

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.

Past-President 
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-Elect
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.  

 


 

 

Financial Officer
Lori Haugrud, RVT
Home Province: 
Saskatchewan

Education: Diploma in Animal Health Technology from Lakeland College 1993

Work Experience:
My first job was in a small animal practice in Prince Albert Sask> Then on to mixed practice in both Turtleford  and Outlook, Sask. Then Back to Small animal practice in Saskatoon where I worked for Allwest ,Martensville Vet Hosp and then Cumberland Vet clinic for a total of 15yrs of full time work. In 2009 I had twin boys and just started back to work again in the fall of 2015 at Furry Friends Animal Hospital in Saskatoon when my boys started Grade One.

Previous Board/ Committee  Experience:

  • Advisory Board Committee for Animal Health Technology for two years at Lakeland College
  • Conference Planning Committee for SAVT for three Years
  • Executive Committee for SPOTTO Saskatoon Parents Of Twins and Triplets Organization

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
I hope to help to the SAVT board to promote and grow our profession. I think it’s important to give back to your profession and I’ve been wanting and waiting for the right time to take my turn because this profession and professional association  has supported me for the last 23 years and I’m grateful that I am able to work in a field that I love.

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
I’m married and have seven year old twin boys. They manage to do or say something every day that amazes me….. kids are amazing!!!!  In my non existent free time I enjoy cooking camping socializing music and family gatherings. I don’t have any pets currently but in the future I plan to have at least two maybe three four legged members in my family!! We just need to get a bigger back yard.

Secretary
Wanda Flynn, RVT
Home Province: 
Originally Newfoundland; Current Saskatchewan

Education: St. Lawrence/Saint Laurent Animal Care Technology 1991

Work Experience:
I worked in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and finally here in Swift Current as a Small Animal Technologist until September 2015, when I enrolled at the Great Plains College to work toward my Administrative Assistant diploma.  I started working at Cattle Care part-time while I was in school to help pay my bills.  In June 2016 I graduated from the Administrative Assistant with Distinction.  Fortunately, my job at Cattle Care turned full time after graduation!

Previous Board/ Committee  Experience:
Learning something new.

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
I have been an animal technologist for 25 years and although for most of those years I have been a part of an association in whatever province I was practicing in.  I have never been in a position to give back some of the support I have received.  Now that I have my Administrative Assistant Diploma I feel that I have something to offer our Association.  It was just last Christmas I received some much needed support from the Board of Directors.  I would love to be able to use my new skills to not only return some of the support I have received but to proudly work with such a positive group of women.  I think this position would allow me to learn and grow within my chosen profession.

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
I was born and raised in Labrador City Newfoundland.  Labrador City is a small Iron Ore mining town in Northern Labrador.  My father owned a lucrative business selling auto parts and ski-doos.  My four brothers stayed in Labrador City to work at the family business but I was interested in animals, not auto parts. I have a son who is a young adult, a daughter who is in Grade 6, French Immersion, a dog, and a cat. 

Member at Large
Domini Wilkinson, RVT
Home Province:
Saskatchewan

Education: Veterinary Technology, SIAST Kelsey Campus, 2009

Work Experience:
Western College of Veterinary Medicine, 2010-2013

Previous Board/ Committee Experience:
Saskatchewan Association of Veterinary Technologists, Member-at-Large, 2017-present 

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
Support members with their projects and present a non-practicing perspective. 

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
I have a beautiful four year old daughter who is my whole focus for now and my two dogs Beau and Clary. 

Member at Large
Shannon McCallion, RVT
Home Province:
Saskatchewan

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Regina
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology, University of Regina
Medical and Logistical (Supply and Transport) Administration, Canadian Forces
Public and Media Relations, Canadian Forces
Human Resources Management (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:
- Luther University Psychology Students Association, Co-Founder, President, and Past-President, University of
  Regina
- 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
   2017-present

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
I hope my varied and eclectic work history will 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:
While a dog-person at heart (I AM that crazy person ahead of you who pulls over to the side of the road to get out and pet a dog!), I am currently servant to an 18-year-old male cat with kidney disease, as well as numerous cats and dogs that I pet-sit on a regular basis.  I have an insatiable curiosity and continually seek to learn new skills and information.  I love reading, never go anywhere without a book in my bag, and I always have a book-on-CD playing in my car.  I 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 circumnavigated the globe by the time I was eight years old, have sailed on the Nile and the Amazon, swum with dolphins, climed the Great Pyramids and then walked on the Great Wall of China, and lived on three continents.   

Member at Large
Leigh Luker, RVT
Home Province:
Saskatchewan

Education: Graduated from Olds College in 2000

Work Experience:
I have been at Bellamy Harrison Animal Hospital in Moose Jaw since December of 2000.

Previous Board/ Committee  Experience:
Learning something new.

What do you hope to bring to the table or describe great things you are doing:
I would like to see RVTs more appreciated and get better wages, so they stay in the field longer.

Personal life including pets and hobbies:
I am a single mom of a teenage boy, so I am very busy with kids sports. I currently have a 2 year old Great Dane and a 10 year old German Short-Haired Pointer. I love music and reading. I am starting to take a new interest in Cytology of lumps and bumps.

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 2nd Year
Daniel Novecosky
Home Province:
Saskatchewan

Education: Veterinary Technology SK Polytechnic 2018

Work Experience:

Previous Board/Commitee Experience:

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

Personal life including pets and hobbies:

Student Liason 1st 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 1st 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

SAVT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Michele Moroz, RVT
Home Province:  Saskatchewan
Lois Ridgway, RVT 
Home Province:  Saskatchewan
Karen Laventure RVT
Home Province:  Saskatchewan
Sandy Parsons, RVT
Home Province:  Saskatchewa
Chrissie Engel RVT
Home Province:  Saskatchewan
Tamara McLoughlin RVT
Home Province:  Saskatchewan