Interim Executive Director

Erin Henninger, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Erin has been a CVT since 2002 and a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency & Critical Care since 2007. Erin has served on the CACVT Board of Directors since 2016 in the capacity of President and Past President. She is committed to supporting the CACVT through the transition period to continue the momentum this organization has gained in the last several years.

Certification & Membership Coordinator

Andrew R. Vagelatos, CVT

Andrew is a graduate of Pima Medical Institute and has been working in the Veterinary industry since 2010. He has worked at over 50 different hospitals, clinics, and shelters as a relief technician. He has experience in general practice, shelter medicine, and various specialties including emergency, orthopedics, and neurology. He is excited to take on a new role with CACVT to better serve the amazing community that has already given him so much.

Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and Regional Liaisons

Board of Directors

Industry Sector: Mobile Surgery
Location: Frederick, CO

Julia Crosby is a Colorado EMT and CVT. She enjoys working in medical fields with both humans and animals.

Julia graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She then spent ten years working for private and public emergency medical services as an EMT / Paramedic prior to pursuing her CVT credential.

Julia graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology. She has worked clinically in emergency and specialty practices, and currently works for Spire Veterinary Surgery assisting Dr. Kevin McAbee (DACVS) with mobile surgery across the Front Range. This position allows Julia the incredible opportunity of spending her days in a variety of clinics while working with many wonderful CVT’s. Julia’s next goal is to obtain her VTS in Surgery.

Julia says, “As I strive to be the best I can in every aspect of my life, I also have high expectations of others and push my peers to achieve greatness. I love seeing my peers succeed and strive to reach higher ground. I think it is imperative that as Certified Veterinary Technicians we elevate our profession and help educate the public about how crucial the role of a CVT is to the veterinary profession as a whole. I feel I will bring to the CACVT Board the perspective that comes with working daily in multiple clinics and witnessing the diversity of interactions amongst veterinarians, technicians, and clients in variety of settings. I hope to assist in elevating our profession to new and greater heights and to continue the wonderful work of CACVT. I moved from Maine to Colorado nearly four years ago; the mountains were calling and I answered. Now it is time to answer another calling as a board nominee for CACVT.”

Julia resides in Frederick with three crazy huskies, and two handsome cats.

Industry Sector: Clinical
Location: Centennial, CO

Rebecca Sandidge is currently a Certified Veterinary Technician working at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. She also carries with her experience and promotional advancement merits from previous fields including warehousing (Genco), and administration and collections (Dex Media).

Rebecca’s previous career opportunities taught her the importance of organization, documentation, confidentiality, building and maintaining client relationships, and the value of listening as a means to meeting and exceeding expectations. However, they also offered Rebecca the opportunity to discover that she did not want to spend the rest of her career in a cubicle. She wanted to do something meaningful, something that she had a passion for, something that she looked forward to and was excited about doing. This led her to Veterinary Technology.

Rebecca graduated from Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology and earned her CVT in 2015. She has been working at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital ever since. In her time at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital Rebecca quickly transitioned from Room Technician, to General Practice Procedures Technician, to Assistant Clinical Supervisor of the General Practice Department.

Rebecca says, “I am honored to be nominated for the CACVT board. I believe the skills I have acquired over the course of my career will be invaluable as a board member. I hope to offer my knowledge and life experience to the Veterinary Technician field, serving as a sounding board for others and helping to further the Veterinary Technician profession, as we exceed our hopes and dreams for the betterment of our field.”

Industry Sector: Clinical Relief
Location: Larkspur, CO

Erin Searfoss joined Morris Animal Foundation in 2011 as the Project Manager for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study and currently serves as the Study Director. A Certified Veterinary Technician and Engineer by training, Erin has over eight years of experience in the animal health industry. As a long-time pet owner, she has enjoyed the challenges of managing the largest and most comprehensive observational study ever attempted in veterinary medicine in the United States. She hopes the study will help to identify the factors associated with development of cancer and other major diseases in dogs. Before joining the foundation, Erin worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician at a small, rural mixed-animal practice.

Prior to entering the animal health industry, Erin served in the United States Army as an Engineer Officer with the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA. Much of her career was spent in the desert of Iraq, deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Awards include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal Campaign Star (2nd Award), Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award). She received her Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point and her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from Bel-Rea Animal Institute. Erin currently lives on a small ranch with her husband and a family of fur pairs – two dogs, two cats and two horses. She strives to not only serve animals but also the community, and lives life by the motto “one should never look back and always ride forward.”

Industry Sector: Clinical Relief
Location: Aurora, CO

Originally from North Dakota, Erin moved to Denver in 2000 to attend Bel-Rea and graduated in March of 2002.  She did a brief stint in general practice before following her passion and beginning a 13 year career at Animal Emergency & Specialty Center in Parker, CO.  While at AESC she had many opportunities to branch out in the field of veterinary medicine.  She trained with Pfizer (now Zoetis) as a “Tech-spert” in pain management which allowed her to visit clinics and educate technicians in the area of analgesia.  This sparked an interest in sharing her knowledge and led to in-clinic continuing education seminars in the Parker area, mostly focusing on CPR and anesthesia.  She continued to broaden her knowledge in emergency/critical care and obtained the title of Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency & Critical Care) in 2007.  This opened the door to lecturing at the International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS) and exposure to the many different paths that veterinary technicians can take in this field.  Erin was involved in the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT) as the head of the exam committee and currently as a member of the credentialing committee.  During her career at AESC she mainly focused on emergency/critical care but also worked closely with the specialty services of surgery, internal medicine, and neurology.  The longer Erin worked in veterinary medicine the more she became interested elevating the status of the credentialed veterinary technician.  She is currently pursuing a degree in social work to include a focus on veterinary social work.

Erin enjoys running and spending time with her children, Dylan and Rylan, as well as friends.  She also loves learning and growing both personally and professionally.  She has two cats, Peels and Tootie.  Erin’s goal is to be able to spend more time enjoying everything that Colorado is known for: hiking, biking, snow shoeing, and skiing.

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.

Industry Sector: Insurance
Location: Lone Tree, CO

Danielle, originally from Arizona moved to Colorado to attend Bel-Rea Institute, graduating in 2013. While at Bel-Rea, she gained experience working with the resident reptiles and birds. After falling in love with Colorado and deciding to stay, she started working at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in the ICU/ER department. Following three years in emergency medicine, she left AEVH in 2016 to focus on another area of the veterinary field. Currently, she works at Nationwide Pet Insurance as a claims analyst and quite enjoys it.

Danielle met her husband, Adam, while attending Bel-Rea and they are expecting their first child in May of 2018. They presently live in Lone Tree with their 2 dogs, Amelia, and Brandy, and 2 cats, Mr. Fred Weasley, and Mr. Peepers.

Industry Sector: Clinical – Rehabilitation
Location: Aurora, CO

Born and raised in New York, Kristen moved to Colorado in 2001 for a fresh start and to attend the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. She graduated in 2003 and has been a member of the Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians ever since. The first decade of being a CVT Kristen gained experience working in general practice, emergency medicine, orthopedic and emergency surgery, and management.

When Kristen approached her 10 year anniversary of being a CVT she decided to pursue her dream of working in canine physical rehabilitation. She began training and working in a rehab facility in 2013 and successfully completed her Certificate in Canine Physical Rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee in 2014. In 2015 Kristen attained an additional certification in Small Animal Massage Therapy through the Northwest School of Animal Massage. She is also in the process of completing a supplemental certification through the University of Tennessee in Canine Manual Therapy. Kristen is now the supervisor of the rehabilitation department and is in love with her job. She finds joy and satisfaction in improving pet’s quality life through pain control, function, strength and overall quality of life.

When Kristen is not at work she enjoys being active. She loves quality time with her husband and furry kids, participating in fun activities with her close circle of friends, and running half marathons and obstacle races.

Industry Sector: Veterinary Nonprofit
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO

Lynn White has been busy figuring out what she wants to be when she grows up.  A proud-to-be-called “Air Force brat,” she lived in and traveled to many different places around the world.  Most importantly, she learned early in life that the world is full of possibilities.  While her first love as a small child was animals, she didn’t have much experience with pets.  Although she once thought she would be a veterinarian, her path led her to a Master’s Degree in Accounting (go figure!).  Several years into her financial career she realized that her heart was yearning to be somewhere where she could make a real difference.

One fateful day her beloved 6-year old kitty cat, Timber, became gravely ill.  The veterinarians at the emergency clinic did not expect her to live through the night, but they took a chance on the little one.  Miraculously, Timber eventually recovered and lived to the ripe old age of 18 years old!  Inspired by Timber’s tenacity and Lynn’s other feline companion, Trouble, Lynn quit her corporate job and went back to school to earn her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology.

After working in the veterinary field as a CVT and managing the inventory of a veterinary clinic, Lynn realized her goal of combining her passion for animals with her financial skills. She currently has the daily opportunity to change lives as the Director of Finance for the non-profit organizations PetAid Colorado and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association. Now with her amazing husband, Robert, and her 2 new little furry rescues, Betty and Clyde, she lives a life full of possibilities better than she could have ever imagined and strives to make a difference every day.

Committee Chairs & Liaisons

  • Certification Committee Chair Susan Brauer, CVT (Aurora, CO)
  • Western Slope Regional Liaisons Nancy Sheffield, CVT (Glenwood Springs, CO), Melody Quammen, CVT (Delta, CO)
  • Student Liaisons Elizabeth Salan, CVT (Denver, CO), Nancy Sheffield, CVT (Glenwood Springs, CO)