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Michelle, MBA, BS, CVT, Fear Free Certified Elite
Founder & Owner
Michelle’s calling to work in veterinary medicine was evident from a young age. While in the second grade, during a trip to their veterinarian for her dog Charlie’s annual exam, she was allowed “in the back,” where she was able to gaze upon a preserved heart that was infested with heartworms. Shortly after this adventure, she declared she would grow up to be a veterinarian! Upon turning 15, she started working as a kennel hand in a large Chicagoland veterinary clinic, where she was then cross-trained into a customer service role as well as received on-the-job training as a veterinary technician.
After moving to Minnesota to attend college, Michelle graduated from North Dakota State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology, in 2002. During her college years, she worked in a mixed animal practice, gaining experience in large animal medicine to complement her small animal background. She received her credentials as a Certified Veterinary Technician from the state of Minnesota in 2003 and currently maintains this status.
In 2009 Michelle received her Masters of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Veterinary Medicine Management, from Minnesota School of Business. During this time, Michelle continued to work as a CVT in various aspects of companion animal medicine but spent the majority of her time working in veterinary technology education.
Currently, Michelle spends her career time providing relief services for various companion animal practices as well as some specialty and referral practices, traveling to different national conventions to speak and mentor others in the field, and growing Vet Teams to better serve the veterinary community.
Senior Relief CVT
AUNA, CVT, AAS, BS, FEAR FREE ELITE, LOW STRESS HANDLING CERTIFIED
Auna has been a CVT since 2015 where she graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College with her AAS in Veterinary Technology. In 2020, she graduated with her BS in Veterinary Technology from Tarleton State University in Texas. She has spent 5 years in general practice and is currently dipping her toe into emergency medicine part time. Auna has several certifications in animal behavior such as Fear Free Elite, Low Stress Handling, Human-Animal Bond Certified and is a Certified Dog Trainer through Animal Behavior College since 2016. Recently she has taken a huge interest in canine rehabilitation and sports medicine and has started her certification journey to earn her Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) through the University of Tennessee.
When not at work, Auna spends her free time working alongside her boyfriend who owns and operates Horizon Dog Training on their property in Isanti, MN. Together, they also train in Agility, Barn Hunt, Disc, Dock Diving, and Fastcat with their 5 dogs: Scylla, Skadi, Genesis, Camo, and Boo where they spend most weekends traveling throughout the Midwest to compete. They also own a flock of chickens and ducks and 4 rats.
Becca became a CVT in 2008 and holds an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Minnesota School of Business. She’s worked in small animal and exotic settings and also spent several years taking calls at an animal poison control center. Her special interests include the human animal bond and she has a soft spot in her heart for geriatric cats! She lives with her two human children, a dog, a cat, and two Russian Tortoises. She enjoys hand embroidery, reading, and yoga. She hopes to one day own a Sphynx cat!
KRYSTL, CVT, FEAR FREE ELITE