New Mexico Registered Veterinary Technician Association      


2018 Officer Roster:

President: Donnarae Saenz-Lozano, RVT

I am an alumnus of the Veterinary Technology Program of Central New Mexico Community College. I graduated and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2009. My experience includes working in a small grooming business, pet stores, a veterinary diagnostic laboratory, a research laboratory, a veterinary regulatory agency, and small animal and exotic practices. Volunteering with a couple of local rescue organizations and the Rio Grande Zoo’s clinic crew has added value to my skills in the animal world. I currently work as an instructor in the same program I graduated from and have found it very rewarding to be a part of a student’s success. Working in this field has been very rewarding and I have loved every moment of it. Most importantly, I have enjoyed the many people I have worked with over the years. Though a native of Albuquerque, I currently live in Los Lunas with my husband and our furry children; Shelby (Chocolate Lab), Chewy (Corgi/Chihuahua X), Ace (DSH), Mahunchkin (DSH), and our newest addition, Boots, aka – Fat Boy (DSH). He is the one pictured.

My hobbies include backpacking, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family. I am also a student working to augment my career. My goal as President of the NMRVTA is to expand the association beyond the greater Albuquerque area, enhance the appreciation for RVTs, and to unify RVTs and paraprofessionals through our social media outlets and conferences. I am looking forward to serving the members again this year along with my fellow officers. I encourage you to keep in contact with us through our social media outlets for updated information.

President-Elect: Megan Ray, RVT

Past President: Janine Fales, RVT

Janine originally hails from Michigan, although she has been in New Mexico for many years. In 2006, she decided to enroll in the Purdue Veterinary Technology program while working full-time as a chemical engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After working with Valley Veterinary Clinic in Pojoaque for clinical requirements of the program, she retired from LANL graduated from Purdue, and passed the VTNE. Janine went to work at the Santa Fe Animal Emergency clinic in May 2011 as a RVT. After 2+ years of fabulous learning in the emergency setting, Janine changed to Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital and has been working there since September 2013. Ridgeview is a small animal general practice. Janine started her service in the NMRVTA as NAVTA State Representative for 2015 and became President-elect in 2016. This year, she serves as President.

Secretary: Marelyn Romero,RVT

I’ve had an interest in caring for animals since a young child. Much of my teenage years were spent volunteering at the city animal shelter. In 2010 I graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program with an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. Shortly after graduation I passed my state and national exams and became an RVT. I have worked for a couple of small animal clinics but have found a home at Aztec Animal Clinic. I have been a part of the Aztec team since 2013.

My husband and I have 2 dogs and 2 cats that we dote on daily. When I am not working my hobbies include camping, fishing, drawing, kickball, and the occasional Netflix binge. I have been a member of the NMRVTA since 2010. This will be my second year as NMRVTA Secretary and I intend on making this year even better than the last.

Treasurer Kerri Nantais, RVT

I work at TLC Pet Hospital. I received my RVT degree from Brown Mackie College in 2015. I am interested in dentistry. I have 3 cats and 1 dog that I spend most of my down time with. I'm also a volunteer at Animal Humane NM.

NAVTA State Representative NAVTA State Representative: Tiana Hibpshman, RVT

Website/Publicity Coordinator: Carol Young, RVT

Originally from St. Paul Minnesota, I graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology back in in 2006, and currently work with the internal medicine team at VCA Vetcare in Albuquerque. I have a house full of critters (four dogs, four cats and two horses), and my veterinary interests include anesthesia, internal medicine and critical care. My husband and I enjoy the New Mexico outdoors, and spend our time camping, fishing, horse-back riding and skiing.

Address: NMRVTA, PO Box 3662, Albuquerque, NM 87190