2020-21 OVTAA Board of Directors

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”.

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.

Becky Smith CVT, VTS

Becky is Rose City’s Technician Supervisor. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) and a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS – Clinical Practice – Canine/Feline). Becky has been with Rose City since 2002. She has a special interest in dental cleanings, preventative oral health, and anesthesia. Becky is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and secretary of the Oregon Veterinary Technicians and Assistants Association (OVTAA). In 2015 she received the Portland Veterinary Medical Association’s Paraprofessional of the Year award. Becky was the recipient of VMD Technology’s #WeHeartVetTechs award in 2013. A regular guest speaker at the annual Dove Lewis conferences, Becky also teaches many of Rose City Veterinary Hospital’s community pet care classes. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, creating felt art projects, and hiking. Becky shares her home with Eva, a Chinese Crested, Freya, a Chihuahua, and two cats, Gimli and Wilma.

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).

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 Ostrin CVT, VTS- physical rehabilitation, CCRP, OCMC, CAPMC

Sarah started working as a technician in 2005 and took her Veterinary Technician National Exam in 2009. After working in general practice from 2005-2011 Sarah decided to expand her knowledge and experience. She began working at Oregon State Universities College of Veterinary Medicine- Small Animal Teaching Hospital in June 2011 while also attending University of Tennessee’s CCRP program (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner). After graduating with her CCRP she also received her OCM (Osteoarthritis Case Management certification) and her CAPM (Companion Animal Pain Management certification). At the OSU teaching hospital Sarah was in charge of daily out/inpatient treatments as well as educating senior veterinary students on what physical rehabilitation is, how to evaluate and treat patients along with lecturing on modalities to freshman and junior students. Sarah was also in charge of organizing/completing and evaluating data for research projects related to physical rehabilitation and orthopedic surgeries. Sarah has been published in the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine twice on the last 5yr. She worked on projects such as post TPLO recovery, animal adapted physical therapy for children with physical disabilities, bone healing with laser therapy, nutraceutical adjunctive medicine and its effects on osteoarthritis, and how surgery and physical rehabilitation effect Lumbosacral disease in dogs along with others.  Sarah’s favorite part of animal rehab is geriatric medicine. She has a soft spot in her heart for all those white faces and slow movers. Sarah achieved her VTS in physical rehabilitation in October of 2019 and is working toward board membership with the APRVT as well. She hopes to provide more continuing education lectures to veterinary professionals and the public in the future! She is a member of the NAVTA since 2009, OVMA since 2010 and the APRVT since 2019.

When not totally wrapped up in animal rehab, Sarah is at home being crafty or reading and camping with her family and animals. She has 3 dogs, 5 cats a Beta fish, Ball python and 2 step kids (Lyla and Owen) and a pretty amazing husband.

Angel Kent

My name is Angel Kent. I am from the Corvallis, Oregon area. I spent eight years in human healthcare and one day woke up to follow my passion. After years of running from my talents with animal behavior. I love working with animals and have spent the last two years working at Willamette Veterinary Hospital. I am the lead of our boarding department and I over see everything.I train my staff on animal behavior, handling and medical treatment. I also work as a veterinary assistant in the hospital and jump in on emergency when needed. I am fear free certified. I will being graduating Penn Foster this summer with my Associates degree and will sit for the VTNE. After that my goal is to continue my education to earn a bachelors science degree in animal behavior. My other passions in life is to get my whole hospital fear free certified, to set up a nonprofit Good Sam program for Wilvet and to set up a nonprofit for the homeless pets and their humans. I am an active member of my children’s school P.T.A and run all the school dine outs to fundraise for the school. I believe by being more active in the O.V.T.A.A I will have the opportunity to meet other wonderful humans that have the same passion for animals as I do and will be able to speak up for our fur babies who have no voice. I look forward to a new adventure!

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