Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS-Nutrition, Dentistry (H), Internal Medicine (H)
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.
Kara is the Founder and President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians, the 10th recognized specialty for veterinary technicians.
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 also 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; Exceptional Veterinary Team Advisory Board; VSPN Nutrition Board Moderator; NAHERC; and is the President of the Kansas Veterinary Technician Association, to name a few.
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 was granted an Honorary VTS – (Internal Medicine) in 2011. She is the 2010 NAVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year, as well as the 2011 Dr. Franklin Loew Lecturer. Kara has also been named the National Association of Professional Women "Woman of the Year" for 2010-2011 and the Cambridge Who’s Who in Professionals V.I.P. for 2010-2011. She was accepted into the International Women’s Leadership Association in 2012.
She enjoys spending time with her wife, Dr. Ellen Lowery, and their children. They are actively involved in coaching youth sports, 4-H, school activities, and church ministry. The family also includes three horses, two sheep, 2 pugs, a French Bulldog, 3 birds, 4 indoor cats, a rooster, a hamster, a guinea pig, a blue–tongue skink, and a bearded dragon!