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NYSAVT Leadership consists of our Executive Officers, Local District Representatives and our Student Chapter Representatives.

Together we work to further the profession through continuing education and advocacy.


To learn more about what we do, you can look over our ByLaws and Standing Rules.


Executive Officers


Garnetta Santiago, MA, LVT

Highland, NY

Garnetta Santiago, MA, LVT, is the Veterinary Technician Strategy Lead for Hill’s Pet Nutrition and is responsible for strategy development, engagement and execution of Hill’s support for all AVMA-accredited veterinary technology programs, as well as all State Veterinary Technician Associations in the United States.

Click here to read more about Garnetta


Vice President

Sara Fabrizio

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

I remember thinking I wanted to work with animals and maybe I could go to school to become a Veterinarian. All that changed one day when I shadowed in a clinic and followed a Veterinary Technician around. It only took a short time to realize this is what I want to do. There are so many opportunities for Veterinary Technicians that I never realized.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to work another year on the NYSAVT board. One of my personal goals is to make technicians aware of their opportunities and act as a voice within our state organization.




Denise Lenhart, LVT


Thomas Heckel, LVT



Donna Meier, LVT

Poughkeepsie, NY

I knew that I wanted a career in Veterinary Medicine from the time I was about 7 years old.  Although I   wanted to be a Veterinarian, my life took me on a different path.  Still in veterinary medicine, but not a as Veterinarian.

Click here to read more about Donna

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