- Norma Mayo
- Jenny Santiestevan
- Veronica Acosta
I graduated from NOVA with a degree in Animal Health Technology in 1986. I passed my boards and became a CAHT (now LVT) in 1986. My first job was in a small animal practice in Annandale, Va. I was able to use the many skills I learned at NOVA in the 11 years I worked at that practice. I was responsible for all in-house lab work, radiographs, dentals and anesthesia. I also met lots of very nice pet owners and shared my veterinary knowledge on a daily basis. I've been working at a specialty practice in Fairfax, Va. since 1997. I'm in the Surgery/Neurology department. My responsibilities include pre and post-op patient care, anesthesia, radiology, some lab work, client education and acting as a scrub nurse. I've had some very challenging anesthesia cases over the years. Our surgeons trust us to choose the best drugs and pain control for our patients. As an LVT at this practice, I have assisted with some interesting surgeries, I've assist one of our surgeons at a local zoo on many occasions and I traveled to Tanzania for a 10 day safari! I work with a great group of people (many are graduates of NOVA). We strive to provide the best possible care for our patients.
While attending Virginia Tech for a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management, I began working as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic. This sparked my interest in pursuing a career as a veterinary technician. After graduating from VT in the spring of 2002, I began the veterinary technology program at NOVA and graduated in 2004. After receiving my license I worked in a variety of fields including general practice, surgery, internal medicine, and even managed a veterinary diagnostic laboratory. I always wanted to pursue a career in the conservation/science field, which lead me to the position I currently hold at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park as a biotechnician for the Center for Species Survival. My duties include assisting with reproductive exams, semen collections, artificial inseminations, cryopreservation, managing the genome resource bank and various other reproductive procedures. This position gives me the opportunity to combine my veterinary technician license with my interest in conservation and science. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, son, two dogs and cat.
I graduated from NOVA’s Veterinary program in 2004. Upon graduating, I began my career in zoological medicine. I have been working as a veterinary technician at Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park for six years. I have had the opportunity to travel to different parts of the world like China and Ecuador to assist in various conservation projects. I have also been a member of the Association of Zoological Veterinary Technicians for six years. Through this organization I have served as president-elect, a member of the LLP Scholarship committee, and co-chair of the grant committee. Along with being a zoo vet tech, I am also interested in giving back to my vet tech community. I am directly involved with the vet tech internship program at my zoo. I have served as the chair for the Veterinary Technology program advisory board for NOVA. I also volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States international outreach program traveling to different parts of Latin America teaching veterinary students the fundamentals of veterinary medicine. My other interests include cuddling with my three cats, three dogs, and running. Every minute I have, I make the most out of being a vet tech. It is great to be working in a field that I truly love.