Industry Sector: Academia
Location: Strasburg, CO

Originally from Canada, Rebecca grew up in Ohio and graduated college with a B.A. in Psychology and English.  Rebecca obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University.  While at Rutgers, Rebecca worked with college students and community members struggling with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.  She also worked at the Princeton Center for Leadership Training, gaining invaluable experience creating curricula, designing and implementing large-scale student events, and training adults and students on a variety of prevention programs.

After seven years in the field, Rebecca decided to take her training expertise in a new direction and spent the next part of her career with an educational software firm.  Rebecca traveled extensively in North America and Europe, providing software implementation, training, and consulting.  Always a passionate animal lover, Rebecca returned her focus to the helping fields and attended Bel-Rea Institute, with the goal of working in shelter medicine.  Graduating in 2016 after interning at the Denver Dumb Friends League, Rebecca obtained her CVT and accepted the position of Student Services Coordinator at Bel-Rea.  In her current role, Rebecca focuses on student success and has implemented new workshops that promote personal growth and academic achievement.

Rebecca spends her free time with her husband, dogs, horse, and chickens on their ranch east of Denver.  She is an avid reader, competitive tennis player, and is always striving to grow personally and professionally.

President - Emily Edmonds

Industry Sector: Private or Corporate Clinical Practice
Location: Castle Rock, CO

Emily Edmonds moved to Colorado and served in the Army as a medical specialist at Fort Carson until 1999. After a few years in human medicine, she decided to pursue a career in the animal medical field and attended Bel-Rea Animal Institute of Veterinary Technology earning an AAS degree and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2002.

Emily began her career at a small mixed animal practice attaining basic technical skills, learning and understanding the value of the responsibilities of being a technician. She purposed to focus on how to apply what she had learned, honing her technical skills and becoming familiar with the variety of responsibilities this career has to offer.

Shortly after a year of experience, Emily developed an interest in anesthesia and deviated her focus to advancing her knowledge and skill in this area. Her endeavor began with the transition to a specialty practice working for the surgical department alongside an incredible team of board-certified surgeons and a well renowned anesthesiologist. The goal she had achieved during this time of her career was years of invaluable experience gaining knowledge and technical skills; creating opportunities to advance in a variety of avenues.

Emily was given an opportunity to step into a supervisory role at a general practice, leading a small team into an exponential growth in hospital size and services provided to the community.  Realizing the hard balance of being a technician supervisor and working as a technician, she decided to take more of a specific role within the practice and became their surgical department supervisor which allowed her to combine her passion of anesthesia and continue to lead the team. Emily became aware of how much she enjoyed taking veterinary assistant/technician interns under her wing and giving them the experience, they were seeking out of their internship.

Once Emily became a part of the VCA family, her goal was to focus on building and developing her hospitals’ surgical department. She soon became their technician supervisor and shortly thereafter, was given the privilege to be VCA’s Regional Technician Career Development Coordinator for Colorado. Her primary focus is on helping others develop a career path, offering training and resources VCA provides.

Emily has always pursued advancing in her career with education and experience. She very much appreciates and values what every person has to offer within the team. Emily enjoys teaching and leading others to achieve what they aspire for their career.

Whenever Emily is not focused on her career, she spends time with her family watching movies, enjoying life in the outdoors hiking, biking or snow shoeing and scrapbooking all of the pictures taken on her adventures!

Vice President - Samantha Walker

Sector: Private or Corporate Clinical Practice
Location: Fort Collins, CO

Samantha grew up in rural Pennsylvania knowing all along that she would pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Since the start of her career, she developed a passion for lifelong learning and veterinary technician empowerment. After gaining a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medical Technology from AVMA accredited Wilson College in 2014, Samantha joined her husband in Virginia and began her adventure as a licensed veterinary technician in a small animal surgical specialty practice. After three years of working for the specialty practice, Samantha’s passion for anesthesia and pain management led to her desire to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Anesthesia and Analgesia. After four years of private practice employment, Samantha sought out academia and eventually accepted a position within the anesthesia department at Colorado State University Teaching Hospital. With this opportunity, she knew she had the resources to keep growing and help the future of veterinary medicine. 

Samantha wants to contribute to the community by using her education and experience to ignite the fire and prepare others for long successful careers in veterinary medicine. She believes that a fulfilled and educated technician promotes patient safety, consumer protection, professionalism and excellence in care. Think of all the advances in veterinary medicine with technicians only staying in the field for five years. Now think of all the possibilities if the community held lifelong members; the possibilities are endless. 

Treasurer - Ria Botzler

Industry Sector: Academia

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Ria Botzler has 25 years' experience in management with 20 years being dedicated to veterinary practice management. She has a passion for customer service, marketing and sales, and brings creativity and efficiency to everything she does. She speaks both locally and nationally on management related topics. Ria is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, an active member of Veterinary Hospital Management Association, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and founder of the Southern Colorado Veterinary Management Group. Ria is also Chief Financial Officer of Apex College of Veterinary Technology located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Ria is interested in being on the CACVT Board of Directors to continue to support Certified Veterinary Technicians in Colorado. Having spent the last 21 years in veterinary medicine as a Hospital Administrator, Ria knows better than anyone we cannot function without outstanding support staff. They truly are the most valuable and often underappreciated asset in the business. While Ria is not that old, she has reached a point in her career that she desires to give back and sees the CACVT Board position as a way to do that. It is also one of the reasons that Ria wanted to be an owner of a college that teaches Veterinary Technology, Veterinary Assisting and Practice Management courses. Ria also feels that title protection is so very important for the CVT’s that have gone to school and hope to see progress in that arena.

Secretary - Danielle Larimer

Danielle Larimer

Industry Sector: Insurance
Location: Lone Tree, CO

Danielle grew up in Arizona and moved to Colorado in 2011 to attend Bel-Rea. Before moving, she had several jobs but nothing she could really call a career. After graduating in 2013, she worked at a specialty hospital in the ICU. After coming to terms with being burnt out and fatigued, she decided it would ultimately be best to take a break from the clinical setting. Soon after, Danielle started working at Nationwide Pet Insurance as a Claims Analyst. Danielle is still able to help people and their pets even if it is in a different capacity, but misses drawing blood and placing catheters!

In her free time, Danielle enjoys being silly with her son Morrison, watching terrible reality TV shows with her husband Adam, and walking the family dogs Gracie and Amelia. In addition, she loves practicing with nail polish and building up her island in Animal Crossing. 

Board Member - Heather Allman

Industry Sector: Private or Corporate Clinical Practice
Location: Parker, CO

Heather graduated with Honors from Bel-Rea in 2004 with an Associates of Applied Science degree. After graduating she started out in general practice and after a few years, obtained a research position at Colorado Health Sciences center as a CVT. She eventually transitioned into non-profit, working at Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital as a CVT and Inventory Manager where she got the opportunity to volunteer with the CVMA helping with various projects as well as with SART (Colorado State Animal Response Team). During this time, Heather quickly realized that her interest lied in the operations, leadership and business side of the industry leading her back to school and obtaining an Associates of Science in Business. From there she worked in a large general practice as a CVT and then as the Practice Manager for several years. Concurrently, Heather obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing as she discovered her passion for effectively and creatively showcasing the incredible, dedicated individuals of our profession, the work we all do and educating the community about veterinary medicine.

Heather went on to work with a pet insurance company educating veterinary professionals throughout the state of Colorado on the ins and outs of insurance and how to use in their practice. Currently, Heather works as a veterinary Marketing Manager and enjoys teaching others about marketing and how it truly can take their practice to the next level. She runs a blog titled The Tachy Tech which is dedicated to providing veterinary professionals the tools and resources to navigate their career and finding the path that makes them happy while nurturing their mental health. In her spare time, you can find her all over Colorado paddle boarding with her son Hunter and her pup Paisley, curled up with a good book, learning a new craft or watching Harry Potter.