Executive Board

President - Becky Gallant, BS, CVT - [email protected]

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! 

Secretary - Patty Pate, CVT, VTS (ECC), CFE - [email protected]

Patty has nearly 20 years’ experience in the veterinary field with 17 years focused on emergency and critical care, working in the emergency rooms at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, Bulger Veterinary Hospital and Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital. Patty is a Certified Veterinary Technician in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and in 2012, she continued on to earn her Veterinary Technician Specialty in the discipline of Emergency and Critical Care. In her role as Technician Learning and Development Manager for Ethos Veterinary Health (East Region), Patty works to provide educational opportunities to nearly 400 veterinary technicians. She was instrumental in the development of the Ethos AVA Program and is a primary instructor for the program.  Patty is a certified Compassion Fatigue Educator and lectures regularly on emergency, critical care, and compassion fatigue.  Patty also works as an adjunct professor for Great Bay Community College’s veterinary technology program, teaching an emergency and critical care elective each summer to students between their first and second year.  She supports her profession by serving as the secretary for the New Hampshire Veterinary Technician Association and as a mentor for technicians interested in advancing towards their VTS in emergency and critical care.

Treasurer - Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition) - [email protected]

Ed is the Director of Technician Learning and Development for Ethos Veterinary Health. He obtained a VTS (Nutrition) in 2014 and lectures frequently at local, regional, and national veterinary conferences on a variety of nutrition topics. Ed is the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) Region 1 Representative, the Past Chair of the Committee on Veterinary Specialities and serves on multiple NAVTA committees including the Veterinary Nurse Initiative workgroup. He is also the Vice President of the Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association and a member Association of Veterinary Technician Educators. Ed is the recipient of the 2019 NAVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year Award.

Member at Large - Bonnie Miller, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Bonnie Miller shares her passion for veterinary technology as an associate professor at Great Bay Community College. She has worked in emergency and critical care, cardiology, surgery, and neurology. In 2009 she achieved her VTS (ECC). Bonnie is a RECOVER certified instructor (BLS, ALS). Bonnie is the acting New Hampshire state NAVTA representative and a SCNAVTA advisor. Bonnie enjoys spending time with her daughter Lilianna and her cat the amazing Meatball. 

Member at Large - Janine Graham, CVT

Janine obtained an 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 a 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.


Committee Chairs

Continuing Education Committee Chair - Meghan Dakin, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Meghan studied pre-veterinary medicine at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in the veterinary medical field for the past 15 years. She has been a CVT in New Hampshire since 2008 and became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care in 2017. Since then she has enjoyed speaking at symposia and conferences in New England and across the country. Meghan serves on the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses (AVECCTN) Mentorship Committee and is a Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) Ambassador. In addition to working in the ER, ICU, and surgery at Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital, she works with local Veterinary Technology programs to provide hands-on training during clinical rotations. Meghan is also an adjunct instructor for the Veterinary Technology program at Great Bay Community College and is a certified instructor of basic and advanced life support through the RECOVER Initiative.

Student Chapter Committee Chair - Mary Wiley, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice)

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.