CACVT Spring Conference 2020 is now On-demand! 

Earn up up to 32 hours with on-demand access to recorded webinars after the live conference!
Registration is available through June 30th. Please see the registration form for pricing.

With Spring Conference moving virtually, registration for the conference now includes both the live event and on-demand access to recorded webinars following the live event. On-demand access opens April 29th and ends June 30th, 2020! Depending on your registration type, you have the opportunity to earn up to 32 hours of CE: Friday offers 3 hours of CE, Saturday up to 24 hours over 4 different tracks, and Sunday 4 hours, plus 1 hour for the Annual Member Update. The cost of registration varies depending on membership type and is available when you log into the registration form. Please make sure to use your member credentials to login to ensure you are registering under the proper membership type. 

Would you like to upgrade your current registration to full conference? Email us at [email protected] for further instructions. 

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Pricing information available by clicking on the Register Here link

Updates as of 3/18/2020:

  • All new virtual platform!
  • Same dates and times - learn from your favorite speakers and sponsors!
  • Special student members and non-member pricing
  • Follow CACVT on Facebook and Instagram before and during the conference
  • Are you a hospital administrator seeking to register multiple attendees? Contact Jen at [email protected] to discuss options today!

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, BS, ACC, CVT, CSP
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.



CACVT would like to thank our generous sponsors!

Gold Level Sponsors

Silver Level Sponsors


Bronze Level Sponsors







  • Jurox
  • Animal Emergency & Specialty Center
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
  • Dumb Friends League
  • Monument Pharmacy
  • Pencol Pharmacy

A special thank you to Merry Gibson and Edward Jones for supporting CACVT and CVTs!