New Mexico Registered Veterinary Technician Association      


2017 Officer Roster:

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.

President-Elect Donnarae Saenz-Lozano, RVT

Jo Lynn Chacon, Past-President

While living in California, I graduated from San Juan College with an AAS in Veterinary Technology. I sat for the California state boards and the National Veterinary Technician Exam. I became a registered veterinary technician in 2008 while working at in the veterinary field and raising my two sons in California. I worked in general practices, a mobile practice and spent some time working for a veterinary orthopedic surgeon. We moved to New Mexico in the summer of 2009 after my husband retired from the U.S. Coast Guard and into his childhood home on 9 acres in the Los Lunas area. I worked in a local mixed practice for 2 years, where I learned a large portion of my equine medical knowledge and some repro skills as well. I then went to work for a small animal practice in Albuquerque for over 3 years and honed my skills in the dental area. I came across an opportunity to become an instructor with a local college and have increased my skill set with educating future registered veterinary technicians.

Currently I live in Los Lunas, New Mexico in my husband’s childhood home, with my husband, my younger son, 5 horses, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 6 chickens and my cockatiel. I have been involved with the New Mexico Registered Veterinary Technician Association for 3 years and am currently serving as their president. I have been a member of the National Veterinary Technicians of America for the past 8 years and was a past member of American Equine Veterinary Technicians as well.

Secretary Marelyn Romero, RVT

I was born, raised and currently still reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have had an interest in caring for animals for as long as I can remember. I volunteered at Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department from ages 11 to 16 with the supervision and support of my mother. After high school I attended CNM’s Veterinary Technology Program and graduated in 2010 with an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. Later that year I passed the national and state tests and earn my RVT. I began working for VCA just before graduation and spent the next 3 years with them while I gained knowledge and experience in the field. In 2013 I began working for Aztec Animal Clinic. Aztec Animal Clinic is a small animal and limited exotic practice with 7 doctors. I am one of the clinic’s “senior technicians” and do many tasks including but not limited to dental /surgical technician, hospital technician, outpatient/room technician, and client/patient advocate. I have interests in dentistry and radiography. I have been a member of the NMRVTA since 2010 and am honored to be the 2017 NMRVTA Secretary.

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 Megon Ray, 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 at the Eldorado Animal Clinic in Santa Fe. I have a house full of critters (four dogs, two cats and one horse), and my veterinary interests include anesthesia 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