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Technician Speakers

Danny Walker



Saturday, March 2

  • Are You Needed?

Danny Walker is the Professor of Veterinary Science and Technology at the University of Tennessee at Martin and has taught there for 12 years. Danny graduated with his B.S. degree in Animal Science from UTM in 1975 and received his D.V.M. from Auburn University in 1979. Danny and his wife of 50 years, Susie, resided in Jackson, Tennessee for 32 years while practicing at the Jackson Animal Clinic and North Madison Animal Hospital. He has 2 children, Matthew married to Valerie Morse in Destin, Florida, and Lee Taylor and his wife Erin who reside in Fort Worth, Texas. Danny enjoys sporting events, church activities, playing with his five grandchildren and travel. His special interest in veterinary medicine is Feline Medicine and Heartworm disease in canines.

Megan Brashear,


Saturday, March 2

  • Aaauugh Emergency Anesthesia!

  • From the trenches: Interactive Emergency Case Studies

Megan Brashear, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC) graduated in 2000 with a BS in Veterinary Technology and obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency/Critical Care in 2004. She has enjoyed working in emergency and critical care since 2000 and is the Senior Manager of Veterinary Nursing at the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital in West Lafayette, Indiana. Here, Megan truly enjoys the opportunity to work with veterinary nursing supervisors as well as teach and train technicians and students in the hospital. She loves to travel and lecture sharing her knowledge with veterinary technicians and nurses around the world.

Shelby Helmerich



Saturday, March 2

  • Puppy Principles: A Proactive Approach to Behavior Problem Prevention

  • Canine Conundrums: Understanding and Modifying Common Problem Behaviors

Growing up, Shelby was heavily involved in dog activities and dog sports, which eventually led her to her career. In 2016, she started dog training professionally serving clientele in western Kentucky and Tennessee. Around that same time, she finished her Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology and passed her VTNE. Shelby went on to complete her Master of Science and Specialist in Education degrees. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education. She has experience in clinical practice, research, and academia. Starting in the fall of 2020, she has been a full-time instructor at Murray State University and teaches classes in veterinary laboratory principles, veterinary microbiology, and animal behavior. She has received multiple certifications including the Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).  While currently pursuing her VTS in Behavior, she sees many clients for topics ranging from puppy training, service dog training, obedience and manners, off leash training, and behavior consulting for aggression and anxiety.

Becky Howell


Saturday, March 2

  • Adjunct Therapies for Wounds: Hyperbarics, Lasers

  • Wound Management: Bandages and Healing

Becky Howell has worked in Veterinary Medicine since 1997. She graduated from the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture in 2001 with a BS in Ag Science with a pre-vet focus.  Becky has worked for GP practices, mixed practice (Equine and Small Animal), ER Specialty, necropsy at University of Kentucky Livestock Disease and Diagnostic Lab, adjunct instructor at Chattanooga State Community College and nurse trainer at VCSG. Becky is also wife and mother of 3 boys.


Jamie Rauscher


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Sunday, March 3

  • Title Protection

  • Wages, Compensation & Retention

  • Making Leaders Successful: Growing Your Team to be the Leaders They Can Be

Jamie Rauscher is a Licensed Veterinary Technician at a 24/7 GP/ER practice in Atlanta, GA. She has been with this practice for over 20 years and is both part owner and medical manager. Currently Jamie is the President of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVT A) and the Vice President of the Georgia Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association (GVTAA). Her interests include anesthesia, pain management, emergency and critical care, and hospice and palliative care. She currently holds certification in RECOVER, Fear Free Elite, Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional, Human Animal Bond, and Hospice and Palliative Care. Additionally, she is currently pursuing her VTS in Emergency and Critical Care and CVBL certification. In her free time, Ms. Rauscher can be found relaxing with her husband and son and their furry family members: a golden retriever and four cats.

Stephanie Fowler



Sunday, March 3

  • A Technician’s Role in Research

  • A Technician’s Role in Academia

Stephanie Fowler teaches vet students at the UTCVM in Knoxville, TN.  Her job currently is teaching and research.  Stephanie obtained her LVMT in 2009, MLAS in 2020 and her RLATg in 2016.  Stephanie has been married 18 years and has 4 children.  She is also the mother to her cat Luna dn 2 standard poodles, Raya and Baylor.

Craig Reinemeyer

DVM, PhD, DACVM (Parasitology)

Sunday, February 12

  • What Really Happens in Animal Research

Dr. Reinemeyer is a native of Ohio and graduated cum laude from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. After 5 years in mixed animal practice in Kent, Ohio, he returned to OSU to pursue PhD studies on the epidemiology of parasitic nematodes of horses. Dr. Reinemeyer joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 and taught veterinary parasitology there for 14 years. Dr. Reinemeyer left academia in 1998 to found East Tennessee Clinical Research, a privately-held contract research organization that conducts pharmaceutical development studies for commercial sponsors. Dr. Reinemeyer is a member of numerous professional organizations and served as the President of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists from 2003 to 2004.

Carrie Thistle


Sunday, February 20

  • Toxicology for the Veterinary Technician

Carrie has spent the better part of the last 16 years working in emergency and critical care.  She received her CVT in 2010, followed by her VTS (ECC) in 2015.  She is a proud member of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians and Nurses and currently sits on their application committee.  Her professional interests include critical care nursing, exotics and wildlife medicine, and technician training.  Carrie is currently working as the Emergency Services Patient Care Manager at Nashville Veterinary Specialists.

Program Subject to Change