President – Heather Shannon, RVT 
Heather graduated from Olds College in 1989, after graduation she worked in a mixed animal practice in Kamloops. In 1996 she was hired by a business man to build a ranch from the ground up. Heather participated in choosing the land, the animals and created a working ranch in the Shuswap area. In 2007 Heather joined the faculty at Thompson Rivers University Animal Health Technology program and has been a full time instructor there ever since. She has also been involved with the CVBC/BCVTA Advisory Committee since its inception in 2011 and is the President of the Registered Veterinary Technologists of Canada. Heather lives on a small ranch in Knutsford, BC with her husband and menagerie of critters: horses, llamas, sheep, cattle, dogs, cats and her well known donkey Lola. Heather has 2 grown children and is an active member with the Girl Guides of Canada.





Vice President – Brynne Trites, BSc,RVT 
Brynne graduated with a BSc (major in Biology) from UPEI in 1995, and graduated from the Animal Health Technology Program at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 1998. She moved to BC and began her tech career at a small animal hospital in the Lower Mainland . She was a Territory Manager with PetPlan Insurance for 6 years, and then spent the next 8 years as a Pharmaceutical Rep with Novartis Animal Health, then Elanco Animal Health. After leaving sales, she joined the management team at Associated Veterinary Purchasing, and currently works with clinics in the Lower Mainland as a Customer Service Manager. She is Mom to an 8 year old daughter, and an 11 year old Wirehaired Pointer, and enjoys travelling, camping, hiking, and all things outdoors. She is excited to be a part of the executive and have the opportunity to participate in the organization she’s been a part of for almost 20 years!




Liaison to the College of Veterinarians of BC – Kirsten Wilson, RVT

Kirsten graduated from the Thompson Rivers University  AHT program in 2001. She spent eight years working in Small Animal Practices prior to joining the staff at the Douglas College Veterinary Technology program. Having been involved with the BCVTA in several positions, Kirsten has been working to strengthen the provincial association, increase dialogue with the CVBC, and promote the VT profession through public education.  Kirsten shares her home with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a Pumi, a Kelpie (all play agility with Kirsten’s partner), a Chihuahua cross and two cats, Mozart and Spartacus Hawkins.






Executive Director – Denise Hitt
Denise spent the first part of her working life at Costco, during which time she rented a room to a Tech student….and fell in love with the idea of working in the vet field….fast forward 10 years to where circumstances aligned and school became an option, graduating from the TRU Distance Program in 2007. Denise has spent her time working in small animal practices, and currently works with an amazing team who have allowed her to grow her passion: to form trusted relationships with pets and their people. It is this mindset that she brings to her role as Executive Director – wanting to expand the relationships the association has with its members. Denise lives in Kamloops, sharing the house with 3 Golden Retrievers and her partner, Ken.








RVTTC Representative – Mia Cirotto, RVT
Mia currently lives in a remote town in Northern British Columbia. She loves to explore job opportunities that are outside the norm for the veterinary community. Mia enjoys the challenges (and amazing successes) that come from working in alternative positions. She has had the pleasure of working with a variety of animals including exotics, wildlife, large, and small animals. She enjoys working with avian species and has extensive knowledge of avian medical procedures and husbandry requirements for both North American and exotic bird species. Mia has worked as an Animal Welfare Supervisor in the independent film industry and enjoyed the variety of challenges faced in film. She has also worked as a Wildlife Rehabilitator and Animal Shelter Supervisor. Mia has taught animal related workshops to volunteers, staff members, and the general public. She finds great satisfaction in promoting animal welfare, medical knowledge, and the RVT profession through lectures and workshops. There is a special place in Mia’s heart for non-profit groups and has spent most of her career in the non-profit sector. In her spare time Mia enjoys photography and spending time outside hiking, snowmobiling, dirt biking, curling, and skiing.






Treasurer – Tina Douglas, RVT

Tina graduated from Olds College in 1977 and has been involved with the BCVTA from the beginning. During this time, Tina has held several positions on the board including Executive Assistant until 2007. In 2005, she won the AHT of the year award. Tina currently works part time in a mixed animal practice and in her spare time she likes to travel, golf and read. Tina has one daughter with whom she co-owns a cat with an attitude.






 Secretary – Jenn Rabinovitch, RVT

Jenn graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Victoria in 2006.  Soon after she began working at the Vancouver Animal Wellness Hospital.  Jenn quickly advanced through each support role in the hospital and in 2012 she graduated from the Animal Heath Technology Program at Thompson Rivers University.  Currently she splits her time as a RVT and Practice Administrator at Vancouver Animal Wellness Hospital.  In 2014, to gain a little extra and different experience Jenn spent a bit of time volunteering at the Vancouver Animal Emergency Hospital.  Jenn’s interests in practice include dentistry, behavior and nursing.  In addition to her everyday interests in practice, Jenn one day hopes to obtain a certification in canine rehabilitation.  Jenn is excited to join the executive board of the BC Veterinary Technologists Association!