Help CACVT celebrate our 25th anniversary at Spring Conference 2020!

Earn up to 16 hours of CE credit in one weekend!

REGISTER TODAY - Early Bird Pricing Ends March 6, 2020!

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New in 2020!

  • Special student members and non-member pricing
  • Food will be served during the Friday night opening session - bring your post-work appetites!
  • First Annual Student Luncheon on Saturday, April 25th - see program for details
  • Follow CACVT on Facebook and Instagram before and during the conference for access to conference contests and special prizes!

Speakers and Presenters

Brad Patton, BS, CEO Veterinary System Services
Brad Patton is the Founder and CEO of Veterinary System Services, Inc. VSS is a professional services company that caters to veterinarians. VSS employs over 150 veterinary professionals all along the front-range. They help people find environments in which they can succeed while at the same time helping practices find the right people to fit their organization. Beyond staffing, VSS also provides bookkeeping, consulting, and continuing education. Before starting VSS, Brad received a Bachelors degree in Business Management from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has almost 20 years of management experience and has been in animal medicine for almost 30 years. From shelter work, to single doctor clinics, to larger ER/specialty referral hospitals - he has seen this industry from many angles.


Cassandra Foster, CVT, VTS (Oncology)
Casey graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2006. She has worked in emergency and critical care, internal medicine, neurology and surgery but finally found her home in oncology. Casey acquired her VTS in 2014 and has been forging relationships with clients and patients in their most difficult times ever since. Like most technicians, Casey enjoys a household of pets - snakes, guinea pigs, dogs, and a cat. She and her husband love to camp, hike, and fly-fish and hope to continue exploring forever!


Garnetta Santiago, MA, LVT 
Garnetta Santiago, MA, LVT, is Manager of Academic and Professional Affairs for Zoetis, where she helps drive strategic engagement with Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Technology programs in the United States and Caribbean; as well as educational, wellbeing and professional development outreach to the veterinary profession through several digital platforms. Prior to joining Zoetis, she was the Veterinary Technician Strategy Lead for Hill’s Pet Nutrition. A graduate of the veterinary technology program at SUNY Delhi, Garnetta has been a New York State Licensed Veterinary Technician for over 16 years and has worked in small and mixed-animal clinical practice, shelter medicine and academia as adjunct faculty in the veterinary technology program at Ulster County Community College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (Syracuse University); a Master of Arts degree in International Relations (Rutgers University); an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Science Technology (SUNY Delhi), the Professional Certificate in Online Education Instructional Design (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and is working on completing the Certificate Program for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine through Purdue University. With areas of interest in feline medicine, veterinary technician advancement, veterinary wellness and diversity, Garnetta has spoken extensively on a wide range of topics including professional and personal empowerment, small animal nutrition, and cultural competency in veterinary medicine. She currently serves as President of the New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians. Garnetta lives in New York’s Hudson Valley region with her husband, 12-year old daughter, two rowdy year-old orange tabby littermates, and lots of wildlife.


Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)
Over his 18 years in practice, Ken has discovered and refined his role as a veterinary technician by promoting compassionate and progressive care for patients and their family. He obtained his VTS certification in emergency and critical care as well as small animal internal medicine and obtained his master's degree in Veterinary Science. He is currently the Veterinary Education Simulation Laboratory Manager at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and is the Program Director for RECOVER CPR Initiative. Ken has co-edited the Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking and has published over 25 text chapters and articles in publications such as the Veterinary Team Brief and Today’s Veterinary Nurse. He speaks internationally and has given over 800 presentations. Ken works to encourage further recognition of the vital role of the veterinary nurses and technicians through work with organizations such as the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America co-chairing the Veterinary Nurse Initiative, and serving as a board member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, and the Veterinary Innovation Council. He pursues these goals by showing the value of the profession’s perspective in veterinary medicine. Ken invites everyone to ask “Why?” to understand the “What” and “How” of our field, and to constantly pursue new limits as veterinary professionals and individuals.



Kerry Nixon, CVT, LAT
Kerry Nixon graduated from Madison Area Technical College (now Madison College) in 1987 and started her professional career in Clinical Research and Universities. In 2007, she transitioned out of biomedical research and discovery to take a position with Abaxis. Kerry has held positions both in distribution and manufacturing. In her spare time, she enjoys travel and spending time with her daughter Anissa and her three dogs: Gotham (a 14 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi), Paisley (a six year old Corgi mix), and Tinsel (a Belgian Malinois-English Bulldog).



Kristina Guldbrand, CVT, BS, CSP, ACC
Kristina Guldbrand grew up in Austin, Texas, and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in biology with a concentration in neuroanatomy and physiology. She worked as a certified veterinary technician for 12 years before becoming an account manager for Veterinary System Services. In her role as a manager and helping clinics with their staffing needs, she discovered her love of leadership and wellbeing. Since starting work with VSS, she has received training through the International Coaching Federation and provides workshops, leadership and wellbeing coaching, as well as teambuilding for practices. She continues to expand her knowledge on perfectionism, neuroleadership, adult learning techniques, communication, and organizational psychology to provide up-to-date and effective techniques to her clients.


Liran Tzipory, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Dr. Liran Tzipory graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Budapest, Hungary in 2003. Dr. Tzipory is originally from Israel. He moved to the US in 2005 after accepting a small animal rotating internship at the University of Florida, which he completed in 2006. He then completed a Neurology/Neurosurgery residency at University of California - Davis in 2009. Dr. Tzipory is a Diplomate of ACVIM (Neurology). After the residency, Dr. Tzipory took a position as an assistant professor in Neurology/Neurosurgery at Colorado State University. From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Tzipory worked at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Massachusetts. In 2015, he moved back to Colorado and opened Veterinary Neurology of Northern Colorado. At the end of 2018, Dr. Tzipory expanded his practice and opened Boulder Road Veterinary Specialists (BRVS) in Lafayette, CO. He is serving as the medical director of BRVS. He continues to practice clinical neurology/neurosurgery, and has a special interest in neurosurgery, neuro-imaging (MRI) and neuro-oncology.


Melissa Supernor, CVT, VTS (SAIM), CFE, CCFP

Melissa J. Supernor is a lecturer and consultant specializing in practice development, professional and career development, and internal medicine topics at a variety of venues at the local, state, and national levels. She holds an AS degree in Veterinary Technology and a BS in Psychology. She earned her CVT in 1990 and her VTS in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2008. In 2009, Melissa started her own consultant company, Educational Advocates for the Veterinary Team (EdAVT), where she and her team bring awareness and education to the personal and professional development topics within the veterinary team.


Merry Gibson, DVM
Dr. Merry is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Before becoming a veterinarian, Merry was a trainer of service dogs that assisted the mobility-impaired. It was that endeavor that eventually led her to realize her ultimate dream of becoming a veterinarian. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing in the Denver area since 2012. Merry holds certifications in veterinary acupuncture with a foundation in Chinese medicine, canine rehabilitation therapy and is currently pursuing board certification in hyperbaric medicine. When Merry is not hard at work she enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her husband, skiing, hiking, and kayaking. Last, but not least, she and her husband share their home with one fur baby named, Izzy, a Rat Terrier mix whom they love fiercely.


Stephen Cital, RVT, SRA, RLAT, VCC, VTS-LAM (Research Anesthetist)
Stephen originally started college to become a registered human nurse but did not enjoy working with humans as patients. Instead Stephen became an RVT and then obtained several other certifications thereafter with a focus on  anesthesia and pain management in the research setting. Prior to joining ElleVet  Sciences as the Director of Education and Development, Stephen had built his  reputation as an expert on cannabinoids by starting and participating in multiple education platforms. He is often traveling, educating veterinary professionals on the science of cannabinoids and is also involved with product development at ElleVet Sciences.



Book your stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Loveland Hotel by April 3rd using the CACVT room block to receive the special conference pricing!

To reserve your room online, click here!

Phone Reservations: 970-612-2440 ask for the Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians room block

Lodging Rate: $139 - $159; options for Single through Quad Suites

Check-in/Check-out: 3:00PM/12:00PM

Address: 4705 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland, Colorado 80538

For Airport Shuttle information, click here!

Attendees who reserve an overnight stay at the Embassy Suites will experience VIP guest service, including:

  • Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and nightly evening reception
  • Access to the heated indoor pool and whirlpool and outdoor patio lounge
  • Access to 24-hour fitness center
  • Spacious accommodations complete with refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker

The Embassy also offers the opportunity to truly unwind at the Spa Botanica featuring a variety of exceptional services, and to dine at the Rocky Rivers Bar and Grill, where culinary creations are complimented with harvest from the culinary team’s onsite vegetable garden.


CACVT would like to thank our generous sponsors!

Gold level sponsors

Silver Level Sponsors


Bronze Level Sponsors




  • Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
  • Colorado Veterinary Medical Association
  • Dumb Friends League
  • Monument Pharmacy
  • Pencol Pharmacy
  • Vet-1-1
  • Check back to discover additional exhibitors!

Registration closes April 3 - don't miss out!