2019-20 OVTAA Board of Directors


Oregon National Primate Research Center

Tiah Schwartz CVT


Sunnyside Veterinary Hospital

Dolores Galindo CVT


Chantal Faraudo CVT, VTS


DoveLewis Emergency and Specialty Animal Hospital

Sarah Harris CVT


Rose City Veterinary Hospital

Becky Smith CVT, VTS

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The OVTAA Board of Directors shall be the Past-President, President, President-Elect, Corresponding/Recording Secretary, Treasurer, NAVTA Liaison, OVMA/PVMA Board Liaisons, and Member-at-Large (4).

Tiah Schwartz CVT

Tiah graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Marine Option and a Chemistry Minor.  After graduating college Tiah took a position at the Humane Society for Seattle/King Co.  Tiah soon realized that she wanted to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine and applied to the Veterinary Technology Program at Portland Community College. After pursuing her technician license, Tiah began a 10 year career as a lead CVT and manager at Laurelhurst Veterinary Hospital in Portland, OR.  During this time Tiah was a founding member of the Oregon Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association (OVTAA) and currently serves as the state representative to the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).  After the events of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, Tiah began to pursue a strong interest in disaster medicine. Tiah is currently a member of the Oregon Veterinary Emergency Response Team (OVERT), the National Animal Health Emergency Response Corp (NAHERC), and an intermittent federal employee on the National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT). Tiah is also a licensed EMT and a Rehab/Support volunteer with Clackamas County Fire District 1. Tiah is currently working at the Oregon National Primate Research Center as a veterinary surgical technician.  Tiah is a registered laboratory animal technologist (RLATG), a Surgical Research Specialist (SRS) through the Academy of Surgical Research, a member of the Oregon Branch of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (OAALAS) and a member of the Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians (SLAVT).

Interests include the human animal bond, disaster preparedness, outdoor activities such as hiking and trail running and spending time with her dog, “Archie”.

Dolores Galindo CVT

Dolores has worked at Sunnyside Veterinary Hospital since February of 1988 where she was first hired on as a part time veterinary assistant while she was going to school. Dolores graduated from the Portland Community College Veterinary Technology program in 1990 and started working full time here until 1993. At that time, Dolores accepted a full time job as the lead Veterinary Technician for the Vet. Tech. program at PCC. She continues to work at Sunnyside on Saturdays as a Veterinary Technician. Dolores loves shelter work and is an advocate for homeless and neglected animals. She loves being involved in community service for the greater good and encourages students to do the same! Dolores is passionate about many things; one of which is working with the clients at Sunnyside. She is eager to help them help their animals so that the bond between them strengthens to its utmost capacity. Dolores has 4 grown children who have given her 9 grandchildren overall. She and her husband have many rescue animals that they both care for including, hamsters, guinea pigs, tortoises, dogs and cats. She is active at the legislative level of Veterinary Technology and Medicine and is invested in education! Dolores loves to sew, cook, garden and spend time with her ever-growing family!

Sarah Harris CVT, VTS (ECC)

Sarah graduated with her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2011.  Since graduation she has been gaining experience as a licensed technician with a focus on emergency and critical care.  Prior to her graduation, Sarah spent three years as the Shelter Director for Fort Defiance Humane Society in Defiance, Ohio.  Sarah has been a part of the DoveLewis team since 2014 as a certified veterinary technician whom maintains a leadership position with a focus on technician education while being an active contributor to atDove.org. Additionally, she gained advanced certification by becoming a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in emergency and critical care in 2018.  She is a board member for Oregon Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association, as well as a current member of Nation Association of Veterinary Technicians in America and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.  Sarah has been a volunteer and donor for the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and in 2015, she was able to spend time volunteering at the CCF headquarters in Otjiwarongo, Namibia.  Sarah has a passion for education, training and providing excellent nursing care for critical patients.

Chantal Faraudo, CVT, VTS (CCPP)

Chantal Faraudo is a Certified Veterinary Technician with a specialty in pain management as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner. She worked in general practice for nine years at Laurelhurst Veterinary Hospital and then worked in emergency/critical care as the Technician Manager at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital for two years and worked as an ICU CVT at VCA NWVS.  Chantal has a background in human medicine as a Registered Nurse in Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum, Medical/Surgical nursing as well as community education in Pediatric First Aid and Childbirth classes. She also played trumpet professionally in Los  Angeles and taught High School Band in previous careers. She has a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Music in Trumpet performance, and an Associate of Science in Nursing and Veterinary Technology. Chantal’s passions and interest in veterinary medicine are in Pain Management, Anesthesia, Surgery and Emergency/Critical Care medicine. She has received many hours of additional training and advanced skills in Pain Management, Dentistry and Anesthesia and is a life long learner. She has had a special interest in Pain Management since she was a Registered Nurse working in the human medicine field of post surgical/medical care and then in Labor and Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum caring for the mother baby couplet. In the veterinary field she has had a passion and interest in anesthesia and surgery and out of that has grown her interest in pain management.

Chantal also enjoys working with animals and strengthening the human animal bond by building long and lasing relationships with clients.

Chantal has 2 grown children, a daughter who plays French Horn in the music studios of LA and a son who works in the high technology field of thermal imaging. She shares her home with her husband Jim, along with Captain, a soft coated wheaten terrier and Batman, a rescued springer poodle chihuahua mix, and four rescued cats, Puck, Mimsy, Bibs and Misu.  Chantal enjoys doing fused glass and all kinds of glass work, swimming, gardening, the outdoors and spending time with her family and being a Grandma (Nonni).

Becky Smith CVT, VTS
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