Kara Burns

Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians

Kara Burns is a licensed veterinary technician and holds a master’s degree in physiology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. Kara is the Founder and President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians, the tenth recognized specialty for veterinary technicians and has attained her VTS (Nutrition).

She teaches nutrition courses around the world; through VIN/Veterinary Support Personnel Network; and VetMedTeam. Kara is an independent nutritional consultant. She is a consultant with the Lafeber Company,, and Kara is the Director of Nursing for Brief Media as well as the Editor of Veterinary Team Brief.

She is a member of and holds position on many national, international, and state associations in the profession: AAVN executive board technician liaison; the NAVTA Journal editorial team; Western Veterinary Conference Technician Education manager; LGVMA executive board; and the Pet Nutrition Alliance, to name a few.

She has authored many articles, textbooks, and textbook chapters and is an internationally invited speaker, focusing on topics of nutrition, leadership, and technician utilization.

Ms. Burns has been featured on the cover of the Veterinary Technician Journal and the NAVTA Journal. She was named the 2013 North American Veterinary Conference Technician Speaker of the Year. She was granted an honorary VTS (Internal Medicine) in 2011. She was also granted an honorary VTS (Dentistry) in 2012. She is the 2010 NAVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year, as well as the 2011 Dr. Franklin Loew Lecturer. Kara has also been named the National Association of Professional Women ‘Woman of the Year’ for 2010-2011 and was accepted into the International Women’s Leadership Association in 2012.