Executive Board & Representatives
Becky Gallant, BS, CVT – Chair
Becky is a 2010 graduate of the Veterinary Technology program at Great Bay Community College. She also holds a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire. Currently Becky works as a full time technician for Derry Animal Hospital. She has a strong interest in promoting the professional development of veterinary technicians through her work with the NHVTA. Becky brings previous experience in office administration, marketing and web design to her role as Chair of the NHVTA. Along with her work here in New Hampshire she is also a NAVTA member and a member of the NAVTA State Committee.
Becky enjoys spending time with her supportive and New England sports loving husband Bill, as well as with their three dogs (Marley, Tessie & Lucy), two cats (Mongo and Betty White), her horse Kali, several pet goats and a variety of ducks!
Elizabeth Madison, CVT – Treasurer
Liz graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Nutritional Sciences. Liz obtained her certification as a Veterinary Technician in 2011 after passing the Veterinary Technician National Exam. She has been working at Derry Animal Hospital since 2006. Liz also works per diem for Capital Area Veterinary Emergency Services. She is a member and board member for the NHVTA. She has two cats, Layla and Lola. Liz enjoys being outside and spending time with her husband Robert and daughter Emma.
Patty Pate, CVT, VTS (ECC) – Secretary
Patty Pate studied Animal Sciences at Cornell University. She has nearly 20 years’ experience as a Veterinary Technician and has spent the last 14 years specializing in Emergency and Critical Care. Patty currently works as a Veterinary Technician in the Emergency and ICU Department at Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital in Portsmouth, NH. In 2012, Patty completed the rigorous 3 year process to earn her Veterinary Technician Specialty in the discipline of Emergency and Critical Care. As well as serving as a leader, innovator and mentor in her field, Patty strives to provide quality care to her patients and their owners. Patty is passionate about teaching and has worked to establish a quality internship program at Port City, where local veterinary technology students can come, learn and apply their classroom skills in a clinical setting.
Dianne Lopez, CVT – Database manager, Regional Rep for Seacoast Region
Lynda Vermillion, LVT – Chair, Continuing Education Committee
Lynda Vermillion has worked in the veterinary field for over 25 years. She is a graduate of the Northern Virginia Community College Veterinary Technician program and has experience in small animal, mixed animal, emergency and referral medicine. Lynda currently works in the Internal Medicine department at CAVES. She strongly promotes client education and loves coaching students as they fulfill the clinical requirements of the Vet Tech program.
In her free time, Lynda likes to travel, read, knit, and spend time with her family.
Dave Cowan, CVT, VTS (ECC) – Certification Committee Chair
Dave received his Bachelors of Arts in Animal Sciences from the University of Massachusetts in 1995, and became credentialed as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2009. Last year he passed the extensive application and examination process to become credentialed as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care. He is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in North America (NAVTA), the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), and the New Hampshire Veterinary Technician Association (NHVTA). Dave actively promotes the profession by volunteering with VECCS and the NHVTA, as well as giving guest lectures for the University of New Hampshire’s Veterinary Technology Program. He has been a dedicated staff member of the Veterinary Emergency Center of Manchester for over ten years.
Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition) – Legislation Committee Chair & NAVTA State Representative
Ed Carlson has held multiple positions with the IVG Network of Hospitals, Inc., since joining the organization in 2001.; Veterinary Technician in Internal Medicine, Emergency Critical Care, and General Practice, Technician Supervisor, Head Technician and Hospital Manager of Bulger Veterinary Hospital. Ed is currently the Technician Learning and Development Specialist of IVG Hospitals working to provide internal training programs, internal and external continuing education lectures. He is active in the Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association, serving on the Executive Council as the MVTA Treasurer, is the Secretary of the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART), is a member of the New Hampshire Veterinary Technician Association, and became a member of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians when he attained a VTS (Nutrition) in June 2014. Having lived most of his life in New Hampshire, Ed now lives in Haverhill, Ma. on a small hobby farm where he and his partner Walter raise Dexter Cattle.
Mary Wiley, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice) – Scholarship & SCNAVTA Committee Chair
Mary has been with Veterinary Emergency Center of Manchester for the past seven years, and involved with the veterinary field for over fourteen years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology from Mount Ida College in 2005. In 2005 she also passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) to become a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). In 2012 she passed the rigorous application and examination process to become certified by the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice (AVTCP) as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS). Mary is actively involved with the New Hampshire Veterinary Technician Association (NHVTA) and serves on the credentials committee for the AVTCP as well as acts as a mentor for potential VTS applicants. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association (MVTA), the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS). Mary continues to promote the field of veterinary technology by providing continuing education lectures to fellow staff and community. Most recently she has accepted adjunct faculty positions at both Mount Ida College and the University of New Hampshire where she continues to actively support the profession of veterinary technology.
Janine Graham, RVT – Regional Rep for Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region
Janine obtained her RVT in 1996 through the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians. Janine brings vast experiences in Hospital Administration and technician experience in ECC, Internal Medicine and Exotic Medicine to her role with the NHVTA. She has particular interest in Continuing Education. Janine’s passion for veterinary medicine shows through to any technician that meets her. Her strong beliefs and skills help her to teach and show new members to the field how to be passionate for what they do, and compassionate for those they serve.
Janine currently holds the position of Head Technician at Small Animal Veterinary Emergency Services in Lebanon.
Diane Baraby, CVT – Regional Rep for the Lakes Region
Diane holds both an A.S. in Veterinary Technology and a B.S. in Biology. She has experience in Emergency and Critical care and currently works for SAVES in Lebanon, NH. After college Diane worked for CAVES for several years where she worked in both the emergency and internal medicine departments. While attending school Diane served as the Secretary for the Student NHVTA club, along with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Diane’s pre-veterinary career included work as a Deputy Shellfish Warden where her main responsibility was to oversee the aquaculture program for shellfish ( clams, scallops and oysters). She also work as a research assistant at the Marine Biological Laboratory where she mostly worked with sea urine and occasional tube worms. After moving to NH Diane worked as a Seasonal Fishery Biologist conducting fish surveys, habitat restoration along with stocking trout and salmon in streams and rivers throughout NH.
Jamie Drown, CVT – Regional Rep for the White Mountain/Great North Woods Region
Michele Grimes – Regional Representative for Monadnock Region