Current Board of Regents

 
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President

Amanda Eick, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, VTS (Behavior)
Wooster, OH 44691

Amanda Eick-Miller is the veterinary behavior technician and practice manager of The Behavior Clinic in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. Over the last 18 years Amanda has worked general practice, taught in veterinary technology programs and ran her own animal training & behavior business, Pawsitively Pets, LLC. Along the way she also earned her CPDT-KA, was an active SVBT board member, and became a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner. When she’s not working with patients at the clinic or lecturing to veterinary technicians, Amanda can be found hiking, field trailing or just hanging out with her German Shorthaired Pointer, Brego.


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Past President

Alicea Howell RVT,  KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, VTS (Behavior)
Franklin, IN 46131

Alicea Schaffer graduated from Purdue University with her Bachelor degree in Veterinary Technology, in 2003. She received her Certified Pet Dog Trainer in November, 2006 and graduated the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior in November, 2008. Alicea works as a behavior technician in a small animal and exotic practice in Franklin, IN where she has taught puppy kindergarten, clicker training and behavior modification for 8 years. She has lectured to veterinary technicians at state, regional and national conferences. She also has published articles in Veterinary Technician Magazine, Good Bird INC, and Healthy pet. Alicea is on the board of the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and the president of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.

Alicea lives in Franklin, IN with her Jack Russell Terrier and two retired greyhounds. She loves to Hike, camp, surf and practice yoga in her spare time.


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President Elect

Sherrie Yuschak, RVT, VTS (Behavior), KPA-CTP
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

Sherrie is a faculty member of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Behavior and Training. She was employed by the NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Behavioral Medicine Service for 5 years: contributing to behavioral research, providing behavior modification and educating students, staff and clients. Sherrie is a co-creator of Family Paws Parent Education for Veterinary Professionals. She is a Fear Free Certified℠ Professional and has served on several task forces for the Fear Free℠ Initiative. Active in the veterinary community, Sherrie holds positions and maintains memberships with many technician and behavior organizations. Passionate about providing continuing education, Sherrie lectures at conferences, writes articles for publication, and teaches hands-on skills to veterinary professionals.



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Secretary

Rachel Lees, RVT, KPA-CTP, VTS (Behavior)
Parma, OH 44129

Rachel Lees, one of the newest Registered Veterinary Technician Specialists in Behavior in 2016, is also a Certified Training Partner through Karen Pryor Dog Trainer Professional Academy.  She currently lives in Parma, Ohio and is the lead veterinary behavior technician at The Behavior Clinic. 

Rachel graduated from Cuyahoga Community College in May of 2009 with her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology.  Immediately after graduation, Rachel was employed at a multi doctor practice located in Parma, Ohio.  Here was where she began running puppy socialization classes, seeing private training appointments, and teaching basic obedience.  Rachel also became the behavior advocate of her veterinary hospital conducting happy visits and working with all the veterinary related aggression cases in the clinic.  In June of 2013, Rachel resigned from her position at her general practice and accepted her current position at The Behavior Clinic in Olmsted Falls, Ohio.  In April of 2014, she had graduated and became a Certified Training Partner with Karen Pryor Academy.

Rachel is ecstatic to be a VTS-Behavior and looks forward in continuing to aide owners in creating and maintaining a strong human animal bond.  Rachel holds a special interest in puppy/kitten socialization and development and enjoys teaching cooperative care techniques for veterinary protocols to small animals.  Rachel has recently become a Fear Free Certified Professional – Level 3 and is also on the Fear Free Speakers Bureau and a member of the Fear Free Advisory Panel.   Rachel is the speaker committee chair and website chair for the Clinical Animal Behavior Conference and is also on the Wellness Committee Task Force, which is a committee under the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America. 

In her personal time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her Miniature Pincher Mix, Connor and her Orange Tabby Cat, Ernie.  You can also catch her practicing yoga or spending time with her long time partner, Chad. 


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Treasurer

Debbie Martin, BS, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior)
Spicewood, TX 78669

Debbie Martin received a Bachelor of Science degree in human ecology from The Ohio State University and an associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology from Columbus State Community College. She has been a fulltime registered/licensed veterinary technician since 1996. Debbie is the animal behavior technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations, a specialty veterinary practice located in Spicewood, TX, with practice limited to the prevention and treatment of animal behavior disorders. She assists a board-certified veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Kenneth Martin, who is also her husband, during behavior consultations. Debbie is a co-owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior. Debbie is a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Behavior. She is the past president and treasurer for the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and an active member and previous recording secretary for the SVBT (Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians). Debbie is a Karen Pryor Academy Faculty Emeritus and Certified Training Partner and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).  Debbie and her husband published a book on normal development and training in dogs, Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog. They are also the authors of the Karen Pryor Academy course, Puppy Start Right for Instructors. Debbie is the co-editor and a contributing author of the textbook, Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses published in 2015. Debbie is honored to be a Fear Free Certified Professional, a member of the Fear Free Advisory Panel, on the Fear Free Executive Council, and the subject matter expert for Fear Free.


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Member at Large

Monique Feyrecilde LVT, VTS (Behavior)
Auburn, WA 98001

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 implementation of behavior protocols within her clinic.

Monique’s consulting and training business is called Teaching Animals, established in 1999. She provides private behavior consultations as well as group classes and community education.

Aside from her duties as a technician, manager, instructor and consultant, Monique enjoys presenting and lecturing at CE events, reading, singing, spending time at the beach, and training her own pets. She has lectured at numerous conferences including NAVC, WVC, AVSAB/ACVB, AVMA, PacVet, ACVC, WSVMA, and more. Her particular areas of interest include compassionate animal handling, behavioral medicine for the general practice team, cooperative veterinary care and husbandry, learning theory, behavior modification, and human-animal bond. She has served on the board of directors of SVBT and the board of regents of AVBT. Monique was also named 2015 Veterinary Technician of the Year for the US and Canada by PetPlan Pet Insurance.

Sharing her home with 3 dogs, 1 cat, an African grey parrot and her wonderful husband, Monique enjoys competing with her own dogs in agility and sheepdog events.


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Parliamentarian

Ginny Price, MS, CVT, VTS (Behavior)
St. Petersburg, FL 33702  

Ginny Price graduated from Saint Petersburg Junior College, Veterinary Technology Program, in 1981 and became certified the same year. She worked at a small animal practice from 1981-1999 and began teaching the Small Animal Breeds and Behavior Laboratory at SPJC (Saint Petersburg Junior College, which is now Saint Petersburg College) in 1995. In May of 2000 she attended the five-day lecture and practicum class at Purdue University, DOGS 2000!.

Ginny was an animal behavior laboratory research assistant at the University of South Florida from 2001-2006 where she also earned her BA in psychology. She earned her Masters degree in General Psychology at Walden University in 2007.

From 2002 – 2005, Ginny worked at Main Street Animal Hospital, a progressive, bond centered small animal practice in Dunedin, Florida. She continues to teach small animal behavior as well as various other courses at Saint Petersburg College, Veterinary Technology Program. Advanced Veterinary Behavior was developed by Terry Curtis, DVM, DACVB and Ginny for the BAS program.

Ginny has given lectures on animal behavior for various local, state, and national veterinary conferences.

She is a member of FVTA (Florida Veterinary Technician Association), AVTE (Association of Veterinary Technician Educators), AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science), and NAVTA (North American Veterinary Technician Association). She is a founding member and past president of SVBT (The Society of Veterinary Behavior) and a founding member of AVBT (The Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians).