Join CACVT for our 2022 Focus Conference:

"Research Medicine" 


Your registration includes:
Unlimited access to all exhibits and a 4D experience,
A breakfast buffet,
Lunch buffet,
Snacks,
Beverages,
 4 hours of medical CE, and 1 hour of non-medical CE!

When: March 5th 8:30am-2:30pm (Check in opens at 7:45am, exhibit access until 10pm)
Where: Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St, Denver CO 80211
Pricing: Members $60, Student/Retired Members: $30, Non-Members $100

The average cost of a day at the Downtown Aquarium is $75 (including parking, exhibit pass, and one meal), but you get all of that plus CE and more food!

Registration is sold out! Thank you to everyone who registered, it's going to be an awesome event. For those of you who wanted to register but were unable: don't worry! We have a fun year of CE planned, keep an eye on your email.


Meet your speakers

Sarah M Williams, CVT, BS, RLATG: Talk #1 Roles and Opportunities for Veterinary Technicians in Research



Sarah Williams graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology with an AAS in 2003 and was hired on by the University of Colorado Office of Laboratory Animal Resources as a Veterinary Technician. While working here, she completed her BS in Biology and Chemistry at Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2009. In 2010 she took over the Breeding Core at the University where she managed transgenic breeding colonies for Principal Investigators performing research at the University. In 2013, Sarah decided to take a Professional Research Assistant/Vet Tech position at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, within a research laboratory and has since worked on many projects such as pulmonary, spina bifida, allergy triads, eosinophilic esophagitis, and IBD models. Currently she works for four Principal Investigators, maintaining their transgenic mouse colonies, and helping with their basic and translational research needs. In 2020, Sarah received the Jon C. Fulfs Technician of the year award with the Mile High Branch of AALAS. She has proudly worked as a veterinary technician in laboratory animal science for 18 years.

Michael Fink, RLATG, DVM, PhD, DACLAM: Talk #2 Veterinary Oversight and Regulatory Bodies in Research

Dr. Mike Fink graduated from the University of Missouri (MU) with a BA in Communication and BA in Psychology in 2007. He was then employed by the MU Office of Animal Resources as a Laboratory Animal Technician prior to and during his veterinary professional training. Mike graduated from the MU College of Veterinary Medicine with a DVM in 2013 and subsequently joined the MU Comparative Medicine Program for post-doctoral training in laboratory animal medicine. He completed his residency in 2016, followed by a PhD in Veterinary Pathobiology in 2017 in affiliation with the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital. Mike is currently a Clinical Veterinarian in the Office of Laboratory Animal Resources and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.

Chris Manuel, DVM, PhD, DACLAM: Talk #3 Animal Health Surveillance and Keeping Facilities Clean

Dr. Chris Manuel received his undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University. Following an internship in emergency medicine at Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialists in Tampa, Florida, he performed his residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine and obtained his Ph.D. in radiopharmaceutical development at the University of Missouri. He is now the Senior Associate Director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Resources, and Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. He is also the Attending Veterinary for the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center located in Aurora, CO.

Melissa Card, CVT, AAS, LATG: Talk #4 Experimental Manipulations and Surgical Procedures in Research

Melissa Card graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology with an AAS in 2003. She worked in a private small animal clinic in Aurora, Colorado for 7 years. During this time in small animal practice, she also worked relief in a high volume spay neuter clinic where she found her true passion in surgery. To expand upon her knowledge and expertise in animal science, in 2008 she joined the Office of Laboratory Animal Resources at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus as a Veterinary Technician. In 2010 she received the Purina Mills Laboratory Technician of the year award. In 2014 she received the Jon C. Fulfs Technician of the year award. Melissa is currently a Veterinary Technician Supervisor in the Office of Laboratory Animal Resources at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, where she manages 12 highly trained and educated Veterinary Technicians. Over the last 5 years as a Veterinary Technician Supervisor, she has been the primary lead in training and performing an array of complex surgical procedures in rodent animal models and large animal species. Her efforts have expanded the surgical research capacity to where over hundreds of surgical protocols are performed each year.

Tracy N Young, CVT, AAS, RLAT: Talk #5 Caring for Our Animal Heroes and Their Importance in Research

Tracy Young graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology with an AAS in 2008 and was hired on by the University of Colorado Office of Laboratory Animal Resources as a Veterinary Technician in 2009. In 2013, she took over the Breeding Core at the University where she managed transgenic breeding colonies for Principal Investigators performing research at the University. In 2016, she was nominated and received Employee of the 4th quarter. In 2018, Tracy decided to take a Professional Research Assistant/Vet Tech position at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, within a research laboratory. In 2020, she was awarded the Mile High Branch AALAS Purina Mills Technician of the Year. Currently, she works for five Principal Investigators, maintaining their transgenic mouse colonies, and helping with their basic and translational research needs. She has proudly worked as a veterinary technician in laboratory animal science for 12 years.