Kara Burns is a licensed veterinary technician originally from New England, now living in Kansas. She holds a master’s degree in physiology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She began her career in human medicine working as an emergency psychologist in the Maine Medical Center emergency department. She also worked at Maine Poison Control as a poison specialist dealing with human and animal poisonings.
She then made the move to veterinary medicine and worked in small animal private practice and a small animal and avian practice in Maine.
Currently, she works for Hill’s Pet Nutrition as the veterinary technician specialist working with the graduate technician profession in all aspects—National association, State vet tech associations, specialty vet associations, and national, regional, and specialty conferences.
She is a member of many national and state associations and holds positions on many boards in the profession - such as the AAHA Yearly Conference Development Committee – Technician Chair, AAVN technician liaison, the NAVTA Journal editorial board, Chair - NAVTA Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties, NAHERC, KS SART, and is the president of the Kansas Veterinary Technician Association, to name a few.
Kara is also the President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians, the tenth recognized specialty for veterinary technicians.
She has authored many articles and textbook chapters and is an internationally invited speaker, focusing on topics of nutrition, leadership, and technician utilization.
Ms. Burns has been featured on the cover of the Veterinary Technician Journal and the NAVTA Journal. She is the 2010 NAVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year.
She enjoys spending time with her wife Dr. Ellen Lowery and their children. They are actively involved in youth sports, 4-H, school activities, and church ministry. The family also includes three horses, two sheep, 2 pugs, a greyhound cross, a French bulldog, 4 birds, 5 indoor cats, and a bearded dragon!