Meet the Team – Michelle St. John, LVT, VTS, Veterinary Technician for Cardiology at Upstate Veterinary Specialties
June 29th, 2015 | Posted in Meet the UVS Team
Michelle St. John, LVT, VTS joined the Upstate Veterinary Specialties team back in 2008. Since then, she has been part of the UVS team providing compassionate, high quality cardiology care to pets in the Capital Region of Upstate NY.
Michelle decided to become a veterinary technician because of her desire to help and care for animals. She chose to specialize in veterinary cardiology specifically because at the time, there weren’t many technicians who had pursued advanced training in this field.
A graduate of SUNY Delhi, Michelle is a charter member for the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT). Her training and expertise in veterinary cardiology was essential to her as a founding member of the cardiology specialty group. She attained her cardiology certification in 2008 and remains an active member of the group, reviewing future candidates and serving on committees.
Acquiring a VTS certification involves satisfying a rigorous set of requirements that includes working in a specialty for a minimum of 3 years, completing a required amount of continuing education, maintaining a detailed case log, writing in-depth case reports and mastering advanced skills in a specialty, as well as completing a year-long application process and passing a written examination.
Michelle works closely with Dr. Aaron Wey, providing a variety of services to cardiology patients referred to UVS. While there are many elements to cardiology, Michelle particularly enjoys performing echocardiograms. Although the imaging of just one organ could seem monotonous, Michelle finds it interesting to see how the heart can vary from patient to patient. She also finds participating in cardiac surgery to be an exciting part of her job!
If your pet is diagnosed with a heart condition, talk with your family veterinarian about referring your pet to one of the board-certified cardiologists at Upstate Veterinary Specialties in Latham, NY.