Natalie Herring LVT, VTS (Ophthalmology) President

Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware
New Castle, Delaware

Photo Courtesy of VSCD

Photo Courtesy of VSCD

Natalie Herring attended Delaware Technical and Community College where she earned her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2002.  After working at other veterinary practices through college she began working at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware in May 2002.  She had worked in several different specialties departments but quickly found her passion for ophthalmology.  She started in the in the ophthalmology department in October of 2002 and is currently the Ophthalmology Nursing Supervisor. 

Natalie has been a member of VOTS, (now AVOT) since 2003.  She started her first of two years as VOTS President in October 2011, was re-elected for another 2 year term in 2013 and again in 2015 for a third 2 year term.  Natalie lead a wonderful team of 4 other ophthalmic nurses in gaining Academy recognition from NAVTA in 2016, she along with the 4 other organizing committee members became the first VTS technicians in the field of Veterinary Ophthalmology. Natalie is now the current President of AVOT.  Natalie received the Alumni of the Year Award from Delaware Technical and Community College for her accomplishments in veterinary medicine in 2016.  Natalie has been featured in demonstrational videos for veterinary ophthalmic equipment companies.  She has also published articles and "how to" videos for various veterinary ophthalmic publications.  Natalie is also a member of NAVTA and the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association.

Natalie is married and her and husband have a 3 1/2 year old daughter.  She enjoys spending time with her close-knit family including her "furry baby" Kairi, an 11 year old lab mix. 

Donna Averill LVT, VTS (Ophthalmology) President-Elect

Michigan State University


A native of Rhode Island, Donna Averill began her career as a licensed veterinary technician in 1981. Through the years she has worked in small animal private practice, specialty practices and in emergency medicine. In 1991 she began working with a veterinary ophthalmologist and soon after it became her mission to learn everything she could about ophthalmology and continue to hone her skills in this intriguing field of veterinary medicine.

Donna moved to Michigan in 2000 and now resides in Webberville, MI with her husband, James, and son, Jason, where they raise and show a small flock of Dorper sheep.  For the past 17 years, Donna has worked at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in the Veterinary Medical Center. Working in an academic institution allows Donna to do the two things she is most passionate about: working with pets and their owners, and passing on the knowledge she has attained over the years by teaching veterinary and veterinary technology students.

Donna has served on the executive board of the Veterinary Ophthalmic Technician Society as president, vice president, and credentials committee chair. Currently, Donna serves as Vice President for the Academy of Veterinary Ophthalmic Technicians.  As a strong believer in lifelong learning, Donna continues to attend educational conferences and has lectured at local and national conferences. Along with raising and showing sheep all over the country, Donna’s hobbies include interacting with 4-H and FFA youth, horseback riding, biking, reading, and camping.


Tina Perkins CVT, VTS (Ophthalmology)

Eye Care for Animals

Bio to come


Pam Kirby RVT, VTS (Ophthalmology)

Purdue University

Bio to come

Carey McCully RVT, VTS (Ophthalmology)

Member at Large

Oklahoma State University

Bio to come