AVTA Executive Board
Cindy Pearson, LVT
Cynthia has been in the veterinary field since 2005 as a technician assistant and graduated from Jefferson State Community College in 2008 gaining her LVT in the same year. Cynthia was voted Alabama Vet Tech of the Year in 2014. She has been an active member of AVTA since 2010 and has served in several positions during that time, currently as President. Cynthia also serves on the Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation and has done so for the past 8 years. Cynthia is an avid Veterinary Technician advocate and has supervised many students as they pursue their LVTs through both the Jefferson State and Penn Foster programs. She is passionate about many things but especially mental health and well-being the veterinary community. She is currently the Hospital Manager at VCA Kelley Animal Hospital and is pursuing her CVPM through Penn Foster while still maintaining a love for veterinary dentistry. In her free time, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her family consisting of 2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 son and her husband.
Hayley Pritchard, BS, LVT
Hayley Pritchard is a Florida native who moved to Alabama in 2008. She attended Auburn University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences (Production and Management option). Upon achieving her degree, she completed an Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology at Jefferson State Community College. She currently works at Auburn University directly under the University Veterinarian. Prior to January 2020, Hayley was the General Surgery technician for Auburn University’s small animal teaching hospital for six years. Additionally, Hayley has over a decade of experience in various veterinary settings including research, laboratory, and multi-species practice. She enjoys so many aspects of veterinary medicine across the profession and has provided care to animals internationally as part of a mission group team.
An active member in the veterinary community, Pritchard has been a member of multiple committees and professional groups and played a key role in starting programs for technician advancement and continuing education. She holds an active membership with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), and is passionate about professional growth and advancement for veterinary technicians. She excels in clinical/technical veterinary nursing, teaching, and leadership roles and strives to build successful team-based and interpersonal relationships. She became Vice President of the Alabama Veterinary Technician Association (AVTA) in 2020; President Elect in 2022, and is AVTA’s liaison to the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association (ALVMA). Hayley is excited to serve the technicians of Alabama in these capacities. Hayley is married with a family of 4 fur-babies and a human baby born October 2020.
Elena Graves, BS, LVT
Elena’s love for veterinary medicine started at the age of 7 when she sat on a horse for the first time. She practically lived out at the horse barn, caring for and riding horses, until she started her freshman year at Auburn University in the Fall of 2008. During her college career, she began working at a veterinary clinic as a kennel assistant in-between classes, and worked her way up to becoming a veterinary assistant. She also met her husband, Keith, at Auburn University. Shortly after graduation in 2013 (Bachelors in Animal Science) she moved to Huntsville, AL with him. While working at a small animal general practice in Huntsville, her manager recommended that she advance her career and obtain her license in Veterinary Nursing. Elena graduated from Jefferson State Community College and obtained her license in 2016. She now works at Huntsville Veterinary Specialists and Emergency as a L.V.T in the surgical and emergency departments. Her interests and passions include the Veterinary Nurse Initiative, Dentistry, Emergency and Critical Care, Anesthesia, and Internal Medicine (in which she is striving to obtain her VTS in). She spends most of her free time riding/showing horses, playing with her dogs, and traveling around the world with her family. She and her husband are the proud parents of Grizzly, a lab/pointer mix, Colonel, a chestnut thoroughbred, and a human baby, Michael.
Danielle Glarrow, LVT
Danielle began her career in veterinary medicine by volunteering at a local veterinary clinic while still in high school. This experience sparked a passion for this industry that led to a career. After graduating high school, Danielle attended Columbia State Community College where she obtained an associate degree in veterinary medicine in 2011. She has worked at Auburn University’s Small Animal Teaching Hospital since 2015 in the neurology and neurosurgery department. Danielle was voted Alabama veterinary technician of the year in 2021. She has been an active member of AVTA since 2019 including speaking at the fall CE conference yearly. She lives in Dadeville, AL with her husband, two dogs, cat, horse, donkey, and chickens. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cheesemaking, and managing her apiary of honeybees.
Representatives and Liaisons to the AVTA Committee
- North Alabama District Representative(s):
- Elena Graves, LVT
- Susanna Burgett, LVT
- Central Alabama District Representative(s):
- Debbie Whitten, LVT
- Kristi Healy, LVT
- Madison Foreman, LVT
- South Alabama District Representative(s):
- Katie Parkin, LVT
- Barbara Robinson, LVT
- National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA) State Representative:
- Kellye Berkley, LVT
- Alabama Veterinary Medical Association (ALVMA) Liaison:
- Hayley Pritchard, LVT
- Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation (ALVMF) Liaison:
- Cindy Pearson, LVT
- Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (ASBVME) Liaison:
- Lisa Hethcox, LVT
- Veterinary Technology Program Liaisons:
- Kristi Healy, LVT (Jefferson State Community College)
- Barbara Robinson, LVT (Coastal Alabama Community College)
- Hayley Pritchard, LVT (Southern Union State Community College)
- Student Representatives:
- Jessica Teel (Penn Foster Student)