OVTA Executive Board


President

Natalie Kirk, RVT
Ardmore
Natalie Kirk is a 2009 Murray State Graduate who currently resides in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Natalie is employed by Carter County Animal Hospital.  She assists in the treatment and care of small animal, pocket pet, reptile and avian. She performs various clinical duties including anesthesia, radiology,dental cleanings and routine nursing care.  Natalie is a member of NAVTA.Natalie is a mother to her daughter Liliahna and two sons Kristian and Ayden. On her days off she loves photographing her family and friends cherishing every moment she has with them. Small animal medicine is her favorite interest. She plans on specializing in Clinical practice canine/feline.   She is an owner of 2 dogs; a Shih-Tzu and Pitbull.

Past-President

Dana Call, BS, RVT
Oklahoma City
Dana Call is a 1998 Graduate of the inaugural Murray State College at OSU-Oklahoma City.  Prior to graduation she worked as a veterinary assistant in Oklahoma City in  small animal emergency and critical care and small animal day practice.  After graduation she began her teaching career as an adjunct instructor for Murray State College and as a staff instructor at OSU-Oklahoma Veterinary Technician Program.  In  2004 she earned her VTS  Emergency and Critical Care medicine.  After an 11year teaching position at OSU-Oklahoma City, Dana accepted a position with IDEXX Laboratories as a Field Support Representative for Oklahoma and surrounding states.  Today, Dana is the program director for the Veterinary Technician Program at Heritage College in Oklahoma City.  Dana has  previously served on the executive board for the OVTA and has been the chair for the Legislative Committee and is a long time liaison to the Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners advocating for the veterinary technician profession in Oklahoma.  She has also served as president of the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators and is a member of AVECCT, NAVTA, AVTE and OVTA.   Dana and her husband of 21 years, Jim, have 4 children, 3 dogs, 1 cat and 3 rats.

Vice President/NAVTA Representative

Christen Smith, BS, RVT 
Ada
Christen Smith is a 2009 Murray State Graduate who currently resides in Ada, Oklahoma.  She graduated from East Central University in 2005 where she received her bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations.Christen is employed by Murray State College Veterinary Technology Department. She assists in labs and performs various clinical duties. She is also responsible for the development and maintenance of the department’s website. Christen is a member of NAVTA, AVTE and SVBT.Christen on her off time enjoys photography, live music and enjoying life with her family every day. Animal behavior is her favorite interest. She works on continuing her education on behavior daily by working with shelter dogs at Murray State College. She is an owner of 2 dogs and 2 cats; a Husky and an Australian shepherd mix.

Treasurer/Secretary

 

 
Taylor Carruth, RVT
Norman
Taylor graduated from Murray State College in 2012 where she received her associates in Veterinary Technology. She joined McGee Street Animal hospital 3 years ago and is originally from southern Oklahoma. She enjoys everything about her job especially meeting new clients and patients.  She is a member of the OVTA and NAVTA. Her hobbies include fishing, hunting, painting, and spending time with her family. Taylor currently has 3 dogs(Finn, Kota, and Biggs), a cat(Toona), and 4 chickens(Moo, Oink, Toots, and Sage).