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Technician Speakers

Danny Walker

DVM

Saturday, February 19

  • Running on Empty

Dr. Danny Walker is the Associate Professor of Veterinary Health Technology at the University of Tennessee at Martin and has taught there for 10 years. Dr. Walker graduated with his B.S. degree in Animal Science from UTM in 1975 and received his DVM from Auburn University in 1979. Dr. Walker and his wife of 48 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. Dr. Walker enjoys sporting events, church activities, playing with five grandchildren and travel.

Stephanie Mitchell

AAS, LVT

Saturday, February 20

  • Clinical Approach to Standing Ophthalmic Surgeries

Stephanie began her career in veterinary medicine at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM} Small Animal Teaching Hospital in 2002. As a student worker Stephanie spent her time working in the hospital’s critical care unit. After receiving her Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology, from Snead State Community College, and becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2005, Stephanie returned to Auburn University CVM’s critical care unit as a shift supervisor. Stephanie had the opportunity to join the CVM’s small animal anesthesia service in 2010. In 2013, Stephanie transitioned into a position as the sole ophthalmology technician in the CVM’s growing combined small and large animal ophthalmology service. Stephanie has enjoyed being a full-time equine ophthalmology technician since 2018, where she has assisted in growing a thriving equine ophthalmology service. In her roles within the CVM, Stephanie has mentored countless clinical veterinary students, as well as aspiring veterinary technician students.

Stephanie served as Vice President of the Alabama Veterinary Technicians Association from 2006-2008. In 2007, Stephanie was honored to be chosen as the Alabama Veterinary Technician of the Year. Stephanie has also been the recipient of Auburn CVM’s “Be the Creed” award in 2014 and 2018.

Stephanie is a wife and a mother. She has two rambunctious sons Noah and Eli, 2 boxers Penny and Hardy, and 1 cat Ava. Stephanie spends her nights and weekends watching Eli and Noah compete at baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and swimming.

Stephanie played fast pitch softball her first 2 years of college. She now enjoys following Atlanta Braves baseball.

Stephanie has a passion for equine standing ophthalmic surgeries and photodynamic therapy of squamous cell carcinomas in horses, both of which she will be speaking on this weekend.

Megan Brashear

BS, RVT, VTS (ECC)

Saturday, February 19

  • Get Your Blood Pumping About Blood Pressure

  • Blast Off! Blastomycosis Case Studies

  • Over the Counter, Under the Weather (OTC Toxins)

Megan graduated in 2000 with a BS in Veterinary Technology and achieved her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency and Critical Care in 2004. She has been working in Emergency and Critical Care since 2000 and is the Small Animal Veterinary Nursing Manager at Purdue University Veterinary Hospital in West Lafayette, IN. Here, Megan truly enjoys the opportunity to work with veterinary technician supervisors as well as teaching and training veterinary and veterinary nursing students on the hospital floor. She loves to travel and lecture sharing her knowledge with veterinary technicians and veterinary nurses around the world.

 

Valarie Tynes

DVM, DACVB, DACAW

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Saturday, February 20

  • Management of Canine Fears and Phobias

  • Providing the Optimum Environment for Cats

Dr. Valarie Tynes is a native Texan and received her DVM from Texas A&M University. She worked in private practice for 14 years before returning to academia to pursue a residency in clinical animal behavior at the University of California at Davis in 2000. She has been a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists since 2003 and is also Board Certified in Animal Welfare. Her special interests are the behavior and welfare of pet pigs, exotic pets and zoo animals. She has been actively involved in the Fear Free initiative since its inception and serves on the Fear Free Speakers Bureau. She is a frequent speaker at veterinary meetings around the world and author of numerous articles and textbook chapters. She joined Ceva Animal Health in October of 2014 as a veterinary services specialist but continues to provide consulting services to zoos.

 

Stephanie Mitchell

AAS, LVT

Sunday, February 20

  • Photodynamic Therapy Case Reviews

Stephanie began her career in veterinary medicine at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM} Small Animal Teaching Hospital in 2002. As a student worker Stephanie spent her time working in the hospital’s critical care unit. After receiving her Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology, from Snead State Community College, and becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2005, Stephanie returned to Auburn University CVM’s critical care unit as a shift supervisor. Stephanie had the opportunity to join the CVM’s small animal anesthesia service in 2010. In 2013, Stephanie transitioned into a position as the sole ophthalmology technician in the CVM’s growing combined small and large animal ophthalmology service. Stephanie has enjoyed being a full-time equine ophthalmology technician since 2018, where she has assisted in growing a thriving equine ophthalmology service. In her roles within the CVM, Stephanie has mentored countless clinical veterinary students, as well as aspiring veterinary technician students.

Stephanie served as Vice President of the Alabama Veterinary Technicians Association from 2006-2008. In 2007, Stephanie was honored to be chosen as the Alabama Veterinary Technician of the Year. Stephanie has also been the recipient of Auburn CVM’s “Be the Creed” award in 2014 and 2018.

Stephanie is a wife and a mother. She has two rambunctious sons Noah and Eli, 2 boxers Penny and Hardy, and 1 cat Ava. Stephanie spends her nights and weekends watching Eli and Noah compete at baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and swimming.

Stephanie played fast pitch softball her first 2 years of college. She now enjoys following Atlanta Braves baseball.

Stephanie has a passion for equine standing ophthalmic surgeries and photodynamic therapy of squamous cell carcinomas in horses, both of which she will be speaking on this weekend.

 

Stephanie Fowler

MLAS, LVMT, RLATg

Sunday, February 20

  • Basic Skills to Know for the Exotic Pet

Stephanie Fowler is a graduate of Columbia State Community College where she then obtained a position at Memphis Veterinary Specialist, Internal Medicine Department. After almost 5 years, Stephanie accepted a Research Technician position at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. During her 6 years at St. Jude, Stephanie acquired her Bachelor’s in Agribusiness and Veterinary Technology Management from UT Martin and her master’s in laboratory animal science from Drexel University. Stephanie also completed all three certifications through AALAS and became a Registered Laboratory Animal Technologist. She served as a VP and President of the AALAS Mid-South Branch. Her husband received a job offer from TVA in Chattanooga where Stephanie is now working part time at Chattanooga State Community College and part time at VCSG as a training coordinator. Stephanie is a mother of 4 children, 2 dogs, 1 cat and 1 rabbit. Stephanie has been married to her husband for 16 years.

 

Erin Tibert

BS, LVMT

Sunday, February 20

  • Monitoring for the Sedated/Anesthetized Patient

Erin Tibert is originally from Macomb, Michigan but moved to Mississippi in 2012 to attend Mississippi State University. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medical Technology from MSU in 2014. After graduation, Erin worked ER and ICU at MSU for one year prior to moving to Nashville.

Erin has had a wide range of career opportunities that have allowed her to work in many different places including Academia, Equine, and General Practice; but she has spent the majority of her career in Specialty & Emergency Medicine.

Erin currently works as an Oncology Technician at NVS, but originally worked as the Supervisor in Surgery and Anesthesia. One of Erin’s favorite things about surgery and anesthesia was working alongside her team to provide the best surgical and anesthetic care possible for her patients. Erin’s interests include Oncology, Critical Anesthesia, and Leadership in teaching sedation/anesthesia to other technicians and assistants.

Outside of work,  Erin likes to spend her time at the gym or enjoying the outdoors with her husband, 3 dogs and flock of chickens.

Carrie Thistle

CVT, VTS (ECC)

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.

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