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Veterinary Technicians

A very important group of people within the veterinary profession are the technicians. Just as nurses perform much of the hands-on work in humane medicine, veterinary technicians are crucial to the health and wellbeing of animals in veterinary practice. Some technicians may be referred to as Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) or as Animal Health Technologists (AHTs). Click on the videos below to learn more about some of UCVM’s veterinary technicians, and the different opportunities within the field of veterinary medicine.


Kate Armstrong

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Kate Armstrong is a Clinical Teaching Support Technician at UCVM. She has extensive experience with horses, which began when she was in Grade 6. She completed the Animal Health Technology program at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. She has worked in Nova Scotia, Alberta, Virginia, and Florida.


Tanya Sooley

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Tanya Sooley is a Clinical Teaching Support Technician at UCVM. She completed her diploma in Animal Health Technology in Ontario, and worked in an emergency clinic in Ontario for ten years before moving to Alberta. She has had an extensive teaching career in Alberta, having taught veterinary assistants, veterinary technicians, and veterinarians.


Tony Stevens

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Tony Stevens is a Clinical Teaching Support Technician at UCVM. He has been a registered veterinary technician for approximately 20 years, and has a wide range of clinical experience in multiple areas. This includes work in research and wildlife, and he currently works part time at the Calgary Zoo.


Sara Skotarek

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Sara Skotarek is a Senior Anatomy Technician at UCVM. She has a Bachelor of Science in biology from Vancouver Island University and a Master of Science in equine parasitology from the University of Lethbridge. She became an anatomy technician at the University of Calgary in 2009.


Brandie Martin

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Brandie Martin is a Senior Anatomy Technician at UCVM. She obtained her diploma in Animal Health Technology in Ontario. She completed a large animal internship at the University of Guelph and a research internship at Queens University, but ultimately decided that she enjoyed the research side of veterinary medicine most and became a university research technician.