Deana Baker, CVT, AAS
I started in veterinary medicine by working as a pet groomer, kennel assistant, and veterinary assistant at a small animal hospital in 1985 in Laramie, Wyoming. In 1991 I graduated with honors from the Veterinary Technology Program at Eastern Wyoming College.
My first veterinary technician career after graduation started in Cody, Wyoming in a mixed practice where my skills were utilized to the max. After a few years the practice became a small animal practice that also worked on injured raptors. I became very interested in anesthesia, behavior/training, and laboratory procedures.
When the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) started the State Representative program in 1996, I became Wyoming’s first State Representative. The Wyoming Veterinary Technician Association was just a dream at that time. In 1999, WyVTA was officially started and I am a Charter Member. We offered the VTNE in 2000 and I passed. By 2004 the WyVTA had completed official organization and began voluntarily certifying and recording veterinary technicians in the state of Wyoming. As a Charter Member I was also one of the initial CVTs in Wyoming. Since then I’ve been very active in the organization and have held the offices of secretary, president, treasurer, and membership/CVT; currently I am a Member at Large. I’ve also been a test question writer for the VTNE (2012-13) and was on the AVMA/CVTEA review team for evaluation of EWC’s VT Program during her one of her several presidencies.
I currently work at the same hospital that I started at in 1991. I’ve trained many people including assistants, technicians, receptionists, and groomers; I’m very passionate about veterinary medicine and the utilization of veterinary technicians. My goal is that students and co-workers develop a passion and that they succeed in the field. For many years, I offered dog training classes in the community for youth and adults.
In my spare time, I enjoy walking, playing with my dogs, spinning wool (and occasionally chiengora-dog hair), weaving, quilting, and gardening.