Charter Members





Barb Lewis, MA, LVT, VTS (Clinical Pathology)
Sue Kolkka, AAS, LVT, VTS (Clinical Pathology)
Barbie Papajeski, MS, LVT, RLATG, VTS (Clinical Pathology)
Sharon Richardson, BS, LVT, VTS (Clinical Pathology)
Oreta Samples, DHSc, MPH, CVT (Inactive)
Pam Schendel, BS, RVT, VTS (Clinical Pathology) 
Dan Walsh, MPS, RVT, VTS (Clinical Pathology)



The first official meeting of the organizing committee took place August 14, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky.





From Left to Right: Sue Kolkka, Barbie Papajeski, Pam Schendel, & Dan Walsh





From Left to Right: Sue Kolkka Barbie Papajeski, Barb Lewis, & Dan Walsh





2011 - Provisional Approval



AVCPT was granted provisional approval by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America in November of 2011. We are pleased to become the eleventh veterinary technician specialty recognized and to be able to have potential candidates such as you help our specialty grow.





Provisional approval plaque presented to AVCPT at the North American Veterinary Conference in January 2012





2022 - Full Recognition Status



Early in 2022, AVCPT submitted a petition to NAVTA's Committee for Veterinary Technician Specialties for full recognition as Veterinary Technician Specialty. On August 30th, we received an email notification from the CVTS chair that we successfully met the requirements set forth by CVTS to receive this honor! We are excited and proud of this achievement!





Full recognition approval plaque received by mail.





2014 - First Credentialing Exam



Congratulations to Christina Benson, who passed the exam given in Louisville, KY in September!



The proctors included pam shendell, barbie papajeski, barb lewis, & dan walsh (pictured below)







2015 Exam



Congratulations to Lori Balliet, our 2015 successful VTS (Clinical Pathology) candidate.





2016 Exam



Congratulations to Brianne Bellwood who is our first international candidate and our 2016 successful VTS (Clinical Pathology) candidate.





2020 Exam



Congratulations to Terry Hannum & Danielle Watson, our 2020 successful candidates. We currently have 11 active AVCPT members who have earned their VTS (Clinical Pathology) credentials.









2023 Exam



Congratulations to Michelle Pelser, our 2023 successful candidate who traveled to Louisville, KY to take the exam in person. We currently have 12 active AVCPT members who have earned their VTS (Clinical Pathology) credentials.