Natalie Herring LVT, VTS (Ophthalmology) President
Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware
New Castle, Delaware
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)
Born and raised in Indiana, Pam Kirby began her career as a registered veterinary technician in 1998. Since graduation from Purdue University’s veterinary technology program, she has been employed at Purdue University. She spent the first three years working in the small animal intensive care unit. In 2001, she began working in the veterinary ophthalmology department and found her niche.
At work, Pam’s special interests include large animal ophthalmology, ocular imaging, and surgery. She also enjoys teaching veterinary and veterinary technician students on the clinic floor, in the classroom, in labs, and on-line.
Pam has served on the executive board of the Veterinary Ophthalmic Technician Society as vice president and unseated board member. She is a charter member of AVOT and is currently the holding the position of secretary. She enjoys continuing to learn as much as she can about veterinary ophthalmic nursing and reads, writes, and edits as many CE articles as possible.
Pam lives north of West Lafayette, IN with her husband, Andy, and teenage children, Chase and Alyssa. They also share their home with 3 dogs and a cat. Outside of work, she enjoys watching sports, running with her husband’s Great Dane, and cuddling with her English bulldog.
Carey McCully RVT, VTS (Ophthalmology)
Member at Large
Oklahoma State University
Carey is a registered veterinary technician working in the ophthalmology department at Oklahoma State University Veterinary Medical Hospital. Originally from Yukon Oklahoma, Carey started working as a veterinary assistant while she was in high school. After high school she earned a degree in veterinary technology from OSU-OKC graduating in 1999.
After several years in private practice she joined the technician team at OSU in 2004. She was the community practice technician for two years before moving to the ophthalmology department in 2006. In 2012 Carey was promoted to the small animal technician supervisor overseeing multiple technicians in five different services.
Also in 2012, Carey was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Staff Advisory Council at Oklahoma State University. Carey is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), Oklahoma Veterinary Technician Association (OVTA), and The Academy of Veterinary Ophthalmic Technicians (AVOT). She also serves on the OSU-OKC advisory committee for the veterinary technology academic program and is a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Ophthalmic Technicians credentialing committee.
Carey found her passion in ophthalmology. In 2017 she earned her veterinary technician specialty in Ophthalmology (VTS) and currently serves on the Academy of Veterinary Ophthalmic Technicians board as the member at large.
Carey has been married to her husband Jeremy since 2001. Together they have two sons, Caden and Carson. They also have two “fur babies”- Layla, an Australian Shepard mix and Uno, a one eyed long haired cat. In her spare time Carey enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and watching OSU Cowboy football.