2019-2020 Executive Board

Past President: Khrista Linnevold, CVT

Hello I am Khrista, the new President for the WVTA. I have been a CVT for 10 years now and could not imagine doing anything else. I am the Lead Technician at And Dogs Too Veterinary Clinic in Middleton, WI. My job duties include client communication, inventory, and staff training, along with my daily technician duties. In my free time I love to be outdoors with my husband Murray. We are usually traveling to go hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, or ice skating if weather permits. We are also big Packer fans, so usually vegging out in front of the game on Sundays. We have two rescued cats, Roakey and Jax, who are always keeping us on our toes. We also have Sam & Dean, two rats from the Madison College Vet Tech program. I have been on the WVTA board for several years and a member since college.  I am very thankful we have an organization like the WVTA and I am proud to be a part of it.

President: Holly Neils, CVT

Holly began her career at Cedar Grove Veterinary Services in 2009 as a vet assistant. In 2014 she became a CVT and certified silver in Dr. Sophia Yin’s Low Stress Handling program. Her special interests include physical rehab, and behavior education, training, and modification. She loves Labradors, black cats, unhappy cats, and horses. She’s a proud member of the WVTA, SVBT, and NAVTA. In her free time she enjoys dirt track racing, horseback riding, sewing, baking, and camping. She lives with a giant black cat named “Garth”

President Elect: Open

Treasurer: Christine Kass, CVT

Communications Chair: Abby Jones, CVT

State Program Committee Chair: Open

Legislative Committee Chair: Kristen Cooley, CVT, VTS (Analgesia/Anesthesia)

Kristen Cooley is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in anesthesia and analgesia. She is an Instructional Specialist at the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine where she has spent over decade studying anesthesia and pain management under some of the most brilliant minds. Kristen is the immediate Past President of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia, she is a board member of the International Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) and a part of the steering committee for the newly organized North American Veterinary Anesthesia Society (NAVAS). Kristen is a published editor, author and illustrator of anesthesia related text books as well as an internationally recognized and frequently sought after speaker and award winning instructor. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and 5 year old twins, a handful of dogs and cats and a 28 year old box turtle.

Leadership Development Chair: Rebecca Blatter, CVT

Member at Large 1 year: Claire Cashin, CVT

Member at Large 2 year: Open

NAVTA Liason: Trisha Roehling, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)

Trisha Roehling graduated in 2003 from Madison Area Technical College with her associates degree in Veterinary Technology. She was accepted in to the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia (AVTAA) in 2012.

Trisha has worked at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary medicine since 2007. She was a senior technician in the Anesthesia and Pain Management Department. She also work in the Large Animal Surgery Department. In April of 2017 she moved to the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. Here she is currently working as an anesthesia/surgery technician with their veterinary service. She also works part time as a private practice technician at the Columbus Countryside Veterinary Clinic.

She has served as the President, Treasurer and NAVTA liaison for the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association. She also assists the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia as part of the application credentials committee and as an application mentor. She has written a book chapter on equine and bovine anesthesia.

Trisha passion is anything anesthesia. She has anesthetized many different animals from a harpy eagle to a 2500# Angus bull and everything in between. Large animal anesthesia has always been her first love though. She continues to learn new ways to provide safe and adequate anesthesia and pain management to our large animal patients.