Executive Board


President - Betsy Hensley, CVT

Betsy Hensley is honored to serve as President of the MVTA.  She has been in the veterinary field for more than 25 years and is extremely proud to be a member of such a wonderful group of veterinary professionals.  Betsy has been an active member of the MVTA for many years and most recently held the office of Vice President.  She became certified in 2005 and spent 10 years of her career as the Technical Education Program Manager at IVG Hospitals, Inc. by Ethos Veterinary Health.  In 2016, Betsy earned her Massachusetts DESE license in Animal Science and has been teaching at the high school level ever since.  She is currently the Department Head of the Veterinary Assisting Program at Worcester Technical High School where she works with both Veterinary Assisting Students and Veterinary Students from Tufts University.  Betsy is a member of NAVTA, attends CE annually, and speaks locally and regionally on a variety of topics.  She lives in Chelmsford, MA with her furred, feathered, and two-legged family members. 


Past President - Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition)

Ed Carlson is the Director of Veterinary Nursing Education at VetBloom. He has served on multiple NAVTA committees and is the 2022 NAVTA Past President. He is also the Treasurer of the New Hampshire Veterinary Technician Association and the Treasurer of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians.  He obtained a VTS (Nutrition) in 2014 and lectures frequently at local, regional, and national veterinary conferences on a variety of nutrition topics. Ed was also the recipient of the NAVTA 2019 Technician of the Year award.


President - Elect – Annmarie Morawiak, CVT

Annmarie obtained her bachelor’s degree at Mount Ida College in 2010 and has been working in the veterinary technology field for over 12 years.  She has worked in emergency and critical care, ophthalmology, dermatology, and anesthesia. Annmarie has most recently made the transition to academia as an adjunct instructor at Mount Ida College. She has been a certified veterinary technician since April 2012. Annmarie is currently enrolled in graduate school for masters of education. She has an 8-year-old Labrador mix named Jackson and is an avid Bruins fan.

Treasurer - Jenna Murray, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia) 

Jenna Murray has been practicing in the veterinary field for 20 years. She is a 2006 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Mount Ida College’s bachelor of science veterinary technology program. Jenna passed the VTNE in 2006 and has been a credentialed member of the MVTA since then. The majority of her career in veterinary medicine has been spent providing anesthesia. In 2019, Jenna earned a veterinary technician specialty (VTS) certification in anesthesia and analgesia and became a member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia (AVTAA). Currently, Jenna is a member of the application review committee for the AVTAA. She also leads the anesthesia training program at Ethos Veterinary Health in Woburn Massachusetts. Jenna prides herself on her ability to build confidence in others. She finds that guiding and cheering others on in their career progression comes naturally and is an especially rewarding aspect of her career. Jenna is also extremely passionate about animal care and handling in the hospital setting and advocates for high standards of care and comfort for her patients consistently. Jenna lives in Watertown, MA with her two cats, Ryli (a chatty tortie) and Mali (also known as Pippin).

Secretary –  Julie Drinkwater, CVT, CPhT – VCA Regional Technician Director

Julie was born in Salem Massachusetts and grew up on Cape Cod. She started her first job, at 16, as a kennel assistant at a combined boarding kennel and animal hospital. During her time there she learned basic technician assistant skills as well as worked in the boarding kennel.

After graduating high school, she attended Mount Ida College to study Veterinary Technology. After returning to Cape Cod in 1997, she worked as a technician in general practice hospitals for a number of years, as well as a Pharmacy Technician in retail pharmacy. In 2005, Julie passed the VTNE and obtained her certification in Massachusetts. Also that same year, she decided to pursue emergency and specialty medicine full time, and split her time between ER/ICU and being head of surgery. After a couple of years in the surgery department, Julie decided to expand her skills further in Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology, and also accepted the position of Nursing Supervisor.

In 2012, while working in emergency, Julie established the Veterinary Technicians of Cape Cod (VTCC). The VTCC is an organization that provides free live RACE-approved CE to Veterinary Technicians on Cape Cod. Upon leaving emergency medicine in 2015, she began working back in general practice, to continue her passion for leadership and teaching at VCA Plymouth in Plymouth Massachusetts as the Technician Supervisor and also continued to moonlight in retail pharmacy. In 2017, Julie began working on the VCA Technician and Assistant Development Program Project as a Technician Evaluator one to three days a week until being offered a full-time position as a Technician Development Coordinator/ Group Technician Supervisor. In January of 2020, VCA created the new role of Regional Technician Director in each of its Groups around the country, and Julie was promoted into that role for the North Atlantic Group. In 2021, Julie also became a Certified Pharmacy Technician.

Julie lives on Cape Cod with her husband, her son, and their cat “Captain Spaulding”.  When she is not working, she enjoys birding, gardening, music, spending time with friends and family, weight lifting, and spending time at the beach in the summer.

Member at Large -  Jessica Mansour, CVT

Photo and bio coming soon

Amanda Cloutier


Member at Large - Amanda Cloutier, CVT

Amanda is a graduate of Mount Ida College where she received her bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology in 2011 and soon after became a credentialed Veterinary Technician. Amanda has 20 years of experience in the veterinary field where she has worked in both general practice and emergency and specialty medicine. While working in specialty medicine Amanda found a passion for surgery and anesthesia. Along the way, Amanda started to focus on her leadership skills by becoming an adjunct faculty member from 2012 to 2013 at MIC teaching Surgery & Anesthesia and Clinical II Labs. Amanda was granted further opportunities within the hospitals she has worked to step into more prominent leadership roles within management by becoming a Supervisor to Nursing Manager and finally to her current role as a Clinical Services Manager. Amanda is a member of NAVTA and is continually attending CE to keep up with the ever-changing world of vet med. Amanda lives in Southeastern MA with her husband, four human children, two Great Danes, nine chickens, and a crazy rooster.

Committee Chairs


Jennifer Davis, CVT - Newsletter Committee Chair

Jennifer is a mother of 2 grown boys and a grandmother to a very active grandson. She has been volunteering for the MVTA since 2004 and most likely has been the one that printed off your CVT certificate every year before we went digital. She has worked at the Gardner Animal  Care Center since graduating from Becker College in 1997. Jenn has many roles at her workplace, including dental tech,  anesthesia nurse, and helping high school and college interns explore their career goals. She has also recently become an adjunct professor at Mount Wachusett Community College for the Veterinary Technician program and is loving it.

She has one crazy cat named Noodles and has tropical fish. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring local trails with her soul mate and taking pictures of their adventures. Her other hobbies include gardening, painting, sewing, needle felting, and reading a great fantasy novel.


 Erin Spencer, CVT, VTS (ECC) - Legislation Committee Chair

Erin Spencer is the owner of Brown Dog Veterinary Solutions, LLC which provides consulting services on team utilization and training in areas such as RECOVER CPR. She also works with veterinary and veterinary technology students as part of the HSVMA-RAVS program which provides free veterinary care to remote, underserved communities on Native Reservations throughout the western US. Erin has spent most of her career in ECC at hospitals in the greater Boston area. She earned her VTS in ECC in 2011. She also earned a Master's in Education in 2015. Erin has spoken both regionally and nationally on a variety of topics, including her favorite topics of pediatric and neonatal medicine, and has authored journal articles and a book chapter. Erin is a former president of the MVTA and the Immediate Past President of NAVTA