NAVTA Representative

Tiah M. Schwartz
Tiah during hurricane Sandy

Tiah graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Marine Option and a Chemistry Minor.  After graduating college Tiah took a position at the Humane Society for Seattle/King Co.  Tiah soon realized that she wanted to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine and applied to the Veterinary Technology Program at Portland Community College. After pursuing her technician license, Tiah began a 10 year career as a lead CVT and manager at Laurelhurst Veterinary Hospital in Portland, OR.  During this time Tiah was a founding member of the Oregon Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association (OVTAA) and currently serves as the state representative to the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).  After the events of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, Tiah began to pursue a strong interest in disaster medicine. Tiah is currently a member of the Oregon Veterinary Emergency Response Team (OVERT), the National Animal Health Emergency Response Corp (NAHERC), a member of the Veterinary Medical Assistant Team (VMAT) and an intermittent federal employee on the National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT). Tiah is also a licensed EMT and a Rehab/Support volunteer with Clackamas County Fire District. Tiah is currently working at the Oregon National Primate Research Center as a veterinary surgical technician. Tiah is a registered laboratory animal technologist (RLATG), a member of the Oregon branch of the American association of laboratory animal science (OAALAS) and a member of the Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians (SLAVT). Tiah hopes to bring her knowledge of disaster medicine to the laboratory animal community to ensure that plans are developed and maintained to help prepare the research community for disaster situations.

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