Surgical Team and Training Manager
Stephen originally started college to become a registered human nurse but did not enjoy working with humans as patients. Instead Stephen became an Registered Veterinary Technician (the RN of the vet world) and then obtained certification as a Surgical Research Anesthetist through the Academy of Surgical Research, followed the designation of a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science soon after.
Stephen is Executive Director for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, holding a VTS credential in Research Anesthesia. His regular daytime position is the Surgery and Training Supervisor at Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists, as well as a private contractor for several research organizations.
Stephen also holds contract positions at the Oakland Zoo and the San Francisco Zoo. He occupies his remaining time writing book chapters, is a column coordinator for one of Nature’s journals, blogs and lectures internationally. He enjoys teaching and serves on advisory boards for local Vet Tech colleges, is on the Aratana Technician Council of Pain Experts, is a Scientific Advisory Board member for PhytoAnimal Health, consultant for ElleVet Sciences, COO for the Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds and Veterinary Cannabis Academy Facebook and webpages. Stephen has served as the President for the Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians, Vice President for the California RVT Association and member at large for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.
Terra Schropp, RVT
Terra obtained her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2013 after graduating from Foothill College’s Veterinary Technician Program that same year, making her passion for animals her career. She worked in a 24/7 general practice, focusing on emergency care, and then branched out to specialty veterinary medicine with a second job. She spent a year as an internal medicine technician and then transferred to oncology, where she found her niche as a lead oncology technician. As if working two jobs wasn’t time consuming enough, Terra decided to go back to school to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Global Health and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University in 2017.
After receiving her BA, Terra accepted an offer with Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists to be the Nursing Supervisor and has enjoyed working alongside the staff to improve the level of nursing care. For Terra, seeing other technicians grow and learn in their field is the most rewarding part of being a supervisor.
In her downtime, she loves to read, workout, and participate in her bowling league once a week. She also loves to have a glass of wine and watch any of the Real Housewives series while cuddling with her rescue chihuahua, Gus, and her chubby rescue cat, Jasper.
Ashley DiPrete, RVT, VTS (SAIM)
Ashley attended the Veterinary Technology program at The College of Southern Nevada, and received her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2009. In 2016 she earned her Veterinary Technician Specialty certification in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She is the President-Elect of AIMVT in 2018.
Her areas of special interest include the diagnostic process, emergency and critical care, pancreatic disorders, and liver disorders. She also loves to teach and inspire the next generation of veterinary technicians.
In her off time, she likes to pretend that she is a kick-boxer at the gym and wine taste. She is owned by two extraordinary kitties, Tito Bandito DiPrete-Ortiz and Vincenzo Stefano.
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