New Mexico Registered Veterinary Technician Association      


2019 Officer Roster:

President: Hailey McClain, RVT 

I graduated and became an RVT in May 2018 from the Veterinary Technology program at CNM. I currently work at a local small and exotic practice here in Albuquerque. Every single day my passion and knowledge are challenged in this field and I absolutely love it. Going to work every day and making a difference in an animal’s life is what I strive for. I have plans to move forward with my education and get a VTS in dentistry and anesthesia.

My goals for president of the NMRVTA is to continue to bring more people into this career field by showing what we are about, I want more people who are interested whether they are high school students or in a veterinary program to have the recourses they need to be successful in this field. Another goal of mine is to try and close the gap between RVT’s and paraprofessionals, everyone plays a huge role in the clinic and I believe we are all important and have our own special skills to make the clinic run more smoothly.

I currently live in Rio Rancho with my husband Ryan and 4-year-old daughter, Autumn. We have 1 dog named Stout, he’s a corgi/heeler cross, and 4 cats (Emmy, Nyx, Dexter, and Oliver).  My hobbies include fitness, reading and spending time with my family.

President-Elect: Monica Watson, RVT 

Monica Watson, RVT moved to Santa Fe, NM in 2010 from Atlanta, GA. She currently lives in a rural area near Villanueva, NM with Je t’aime the cat. Monica has spent a large portion of her career working at specialty hospitals and humane societies nationally and internationally. She has been registered in four states (North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, and New Mexico), and owns a local animal care business in Santa Fe. As of 2019, Monica will be registered for 15 years. She is passionate about wildlife conservation and serving the wellbeing of any animal to her fullest capabilities.

Past President: Donnarae Saenz-Lozano, RVT 

I am an alumnus of the Veterinary Technology Program of Central New Mexico Community College. I graduated and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2009. My experience includes working in a small grooming business, pet stores, a veterinary diagnostic laboratory, a research laboratory, a veterinary regulatory agency, and small animal and exotic practices. Volunteering with a couple of local rescue organizations and the Rio Grande Zoo’s clinic crew has added value to my skills in the animal world. I currently work as an instructor in the same program I graduated from and have found it very rewarding to be a part of a student’s success. Working in this field has been very rewarding and I have loved every moment of it. Most importantly, I have enjoyed the many people I have worked with over the years. Though a native of Albuquerque, I currently live in Los Lunas with my husband and our furry children; Shelby (Chocolate Lab), Chewy (Corgi/Chihuahua X), Ace (DSH), Mahunchkin (DSH), and our newest addition, Psycho Rocket (DSH).  My hobbies include backpacking, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family. I am also a student working to augment my career.

Secretary: Christina Meier, 

Treasurer: Janine Fales, RVT 

Janine originally hails from Michigan, although she has been in New Mexico for many years. In 2006, she decided to enroll in the Purdue Veterinary Technology program while working full-time as a chemical engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After working with Valley Veterinary Clinic in Pojoaque for clinical requirements of the program, she retired from LANL graduated from Purdue, and passed the VTNE. Janine went to work at the Santa Fe Animal Emergency clinic in May 2011 as a RVT. After 2+ years of fabulous learning in the emergency setting, Janine changed to Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital and has been working there since September 2013. Ridgeview is a small animal general practice. Janine started her service in the NMRVTA as NAVTA State Representative for 2015 and became President-elect in 2016. This year, she serves as Treasurer.

NAVTA State Representative: Hannah Serra, RVT

Hannah started her veterinary career in 2000 with a course in veterinary assistant training. She had always had a special bond with animals and decided to abandon her aspirations in human medicine to dedicate her life to caring for them. She completed her BS in Veterinary Medical Technology in 2005 and became credentialed on the east coast soon after. She has worked in various positions in the field from stable hand at an equestrian center, to emergency and critical care nurse, to assistant zookeeper. Currently she finds critical care and internal medicine to be the best fit for her active brain. In her personal life she is a vegan hippie who enjoys being outside in the NM sun with her dogs.

Website/Publicity Coordinator: Kimberly Lemke, RVT 

I graduated and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2012 and my work experience has been in small animal practice, boarding and pet stores and i have volunteered in equine clinics. Although i am currently working in the human medical field. I was born and raised in Albuquerque  and still live here with my husband Eric and two sons. We have 2 pitbulls (Kira and Nalu) and 2 cats (Jasmine and Sparkle).  My hobbies include gardening, cooking/baking and spending time with my family.

Address: NMRVTA, PO Box 3662, Albuquerque, NM 87190