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Amanda Eick-Miller, RVT, CPDT
SVBT President

Ms. Eick-Miller is a graduate of the Cedar Valley College and AAHA Distance Education Program for veterinary technicians and an alumna of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.  For 10 years Ms. Eick-Miller worked as a veterinary technician and medical-surgical manager of Daisy Hill Animal Hospital in Ashland, Ohio where she developed and implemented behavioral services for the clientele.  Currently she is the owner of Pawsitively Pets, LLC which provides training and behavioral services for small animals.  In addition she is a faculty member with Kent State University’s veterinary technology program in New Philadelphia, Ohio and the current president of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians. 

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Monique & dogs, Paddy, Zora and Magick.

Monique Feyrecilde, RVT


Since 1997, Monique Feyrecilde has been a team member at Mercer Island Veterinary Clinic in Mercer Island, Washington. In 1999, she began serving as clinic manager, and was credentialed as a technician in 2002. Monique currently manages the clinic and serves as head technician. Realizing more pets become homeless and are euthanized for unwanted behaviors than any disease, Monique spearheaded implementing behavior protocols within her clinic.
Teaching private lessons for dogs and owners since 1996, Monique added group classes at Seattle Agility Center to her schedule in 1999. In 2005, Monique began offering services for cats and their owners as well. With a strong background in humane and practical solutions based in good communication and a mutual understanding between pet and owner, Monique imparts more than just "training" information to her students. Her specific areas of interest include operant conditioning for the every-day world, training the performance dog, relationship- building, and comparative behavior. She feels strongly that no single behavior problem is an "isolated" event, and every pet deserves to be addressed as a whole individual rather than an unwanted behavior.
Aside from her duties as a technician, instructor and consultant, Monique volunteers with Aussie Rescue Placement Helpline, Inc, serving as the chairperson of their Education Committee and authoring the ARPH column in the national magazine, The Aussie Times. She is also currently working on her first book. In the future she hopes to have the opportunity to participate in behavior CE for veterinary professionals.
Sharing her home with 4 dogs, 3 cats, a bullsnake and her wonderful husband, Monique enjoys competing with her own dogs in agility, obedience, RallyO and stockdog events as well. On serving on the SVBT Board, Monique says, "I will do my best both for SVBT and our profession. It is my pleasure to be a new Board member this year, and I am excited to help in any way I can.

Kristen White, RVT
Past President
Kristen has been working in the veterinary field for the past 18 years, the last 14 of which have been at the Animal and Bird Hospital of Clearwater in Florida. In 2000, she went back to school to obtain her AS in veterinary technology at St. Petersburg College. She works part-time as the practice manager there, runs general obedience and puppy classes, and assists with all behavior cases. She also works part-time from her home as a behavior technician for Animal Behavior Network and Critter Communications, LLC. Kristen is on the advisory board for the veterinary assistant program at Tarpon Springs High School. She has given several lectures there and at other secondary schools about canine behavior and clicker training. She has spoken for the Suncoast Avian Society about captive bird behavior and clicker training and recently she attended the SVBT conference and not only lectured about puppy classes, but also had a wetlab! Kristen also had her first article published in the August issue of Veterinary Technician magazine.

In 2004, Kristen attended the 3 day Small Animal Behavior course at University of Georgia. Then in 2005, she attended both the 5 day spring DOGS! Course and the 3 day fall Dogs and Cats course at Purdue University. She is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology at St. Petersburg College. She continues to expand her behavior knowledge through CE courses and reading on her own.

Danielle Woodgate

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Shannon Trouba, RVT
Recording Secretary

Shannon Trouba, LVT is a 2003 graduate of the Bel-rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, Colorado.  After attending a continuing education seminar on animal behavior she was hooked on it.  Since then she has strived to increase her knowledge of training and behavior through conferences, continuing education and involvement in organizations like the SVBT.  She currently works as a licensed veterinary technician at a small animal practice in Gretna, Nebraska and teaches a weekly puppy class with the help of her husband.  They also do in-home consultations and occasional pet-sitting. 

She and her husband have a 2-year old daughter and are expecting their second child in late November of 2007.  They also share their home with a shiba inu named Misha, a husky mix named Jericho and a cat named Squeeky.

Charlotte "Renee" Harris, RVT
Corresponding Secretary

As Senior Vice President of Animal Services at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA (SDHS), Renee sets policy and oversees seven departments at two facilities, which includes Receiving, Animal Care, Adoptions, Veterinary Medicine, Investigations, and Behavior and Training. She joined SDHS in 2002 with nearly 30 years of animal care and welfare experience. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician with an emphasis in companion animal behavior.  An SVBT member now for nearly two years, Renee most recently joined the board as the Corresponding Secretary.  She continues to expand her canine and feline behavior knowledge through continuing education workshops and conferences as well as personal research, reading, and interaction with others in the behavior field.

Renee has developed and implemented a comprehensive, 250-hour training curriculum on extensive canine and feline behavior; canine behavior assessment; shelter sanitation, shelter veterinary practices; fostering of neonates; small pets; adoption, behavior & euthanasia counseling; and specie-specific identification. The program is offered several times a year and is open to and attended by staff members from local, state and national animal welfare organizations.

Additionally, Renee provides other specialized presentations and workshops on a regular basis, including the Humane Society of United States Animal Expo conferences; Petco sponsored Adoption Options, Puppyworks “The Biting Dog Conference on Behavioral, Legal, and Insurance Consequences”, and the California State Humane Academy. She is also a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA).

Renee's household includes her life-long partner in crime, an incredibly bright, compassionate, sixteen-year-old son, a bloodhound, three Chihuahua mixes and two cats.

Lori Tyler-Ochsner, LVT

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Sheri Church, LVT
Newsletter Editor

Sheri Church graduated from Baker College in 2003 with an AAS in veterinary technology.  She is currently employed as a licensed veterinary technician for West Michigan Veterinary Service in Coopersville, MI.  WMVS is a mixed animal practice and they provide service for a wide variety of animals.  In the near future, Sheri hopes to implement puppy and kitten socialization classes at WMVS.

Sheri became interested in behavior when she attended the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) in February 2006.  In the spring of 2007, she had the honor of attending Purdue’s DOGS! Course after winning the SVBT scholarship.  Last spring, Sheri started working towards a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology from St. Petersburg College

When she is not working, Sheri can sometimes be found with her nose in a book or journal (behavior related of course!), working on The Behavior Perspective, playing in the garden, or trying to teach her crazy Lab something new with the clicker.  Sheri lives in Twin Lake, MI with her husband (Jason), one dog (Hemi), four cats (Shorty, Tinkerbell, Pocono, & Greg Zipadelli), and two bunnies (Crunch & Munch).

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