The executive board


President | Eli Olind

I’m Eli Olind, the current President-Elect of the BSVTA.  I am a born and raised resident of Whitehall, Mt.  I graduated from Eastern Wyoming College in December of 2010 with an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology.  I have been certified through Montana and working at a mixed animal practices since 2011.  I currently work at a mixed animal practice in McAllister, Mt, and am a part-time instructor of Veterinary Technology at Pima Medical Institute’s Dillon Campus.  I also currently serve on the BSVTA’s legislative committee working alongside of the MVMA to put licensure in place for Veterinary Technicians.  In my free time you’ll find me competing at a rodeo, or out on a horse in the mountains.


President Elect | Shawni Hansen

Shawni Hansen grew up in Twin Bridges, MT. She attended Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming where she graduated with an Associates in Animal Science. Upon graduation Shawni attended Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming obtaining her certificate and later certification as a Veterinary Technician. For pleasure, Shawni is an avid hunter, and enjoys spending time with her family and animals.




Secretary | Leah Anderson

Leah began her veterinary career working at a Colorado clinic in high school. She was attending Colorado State University in pursuit of an equine science degree when a friend mentioned Bel-Rea Institute to her. After touring the school, Leah knew this was the correct career path so she transferred to Bel-Rea and returned to working at the clinic. While at Bel-Rea, Leah had the opportunity to do a two month internship at Littleton Equine among numerous other amazing opportunities. When she graduated in 2012, Leah and her husband moved to Montana where she started working at Pet Emergency and Trauma Services. After one year doing emergency medicine, she transitioned to Foothills Veterinary Hospital. Leah wanted to become more involved, which led her to the BSVTA. After attending a regional meeting, she began helping with the newsletter, which progressed to her becoming the secretary! She is excited to help improve communications with BSVTA members. In her free time Leah can be found reading, playing with her dogs/horse/chickens, quilting or scrapbooking.

Certification coordinator | Marcia Cantrell

Marcia is originally from Minnesota. She began working for a Veterinarian in High School and has since worked as a kennel assistant, Veterinary assistant, receptionist and finally as a Veterinary Technician.  She sat for the VTNE as an On the Job trained Technician, passed, and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 1995.  She moved to and became Certified in Montana in 2000.  She is currently the Inventory Manager at Sorensen Veterinary Hospital where she has worked for 15 years.  She is very active in the Big Sky Veterinary Technician Association.  She is also very involved in the legislative process of having technicians licensed under the Montana Veterinary Board. Her free time is spent with her husband raising and showing cutting horses.



Director | Dixie Mack

Dixie has been a Director for BSVTA for almost three years.  Supporting the technician association as a Director has broadened her knowledge of what being on a board entails and has really made her aware of the background work that happens in an organization. Dixie grew up in White Sulphur Springs Montana on a cattle ranch.  Becoming a certified technician was not really in the plans for her life. She started working at Bear Paw Veterinary Service 22 years ago as a part time receptionist.  As life goes, Dixie started working more, became an assistant, then a technician and then obtained her veterinary technician certification.  Currently, Dixie is the office manager at Bear Paw Veterinary Service.  One thing is certain, she learns something new everyday about animals and humans. Dixie has been married to her husband, Doug for almost 31 years.  They have two adult daughters and one granddaughter and have lived in Montana their entire lives.


Director 2 | Kristin Bailey

Kristin received an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from the College of Southern Idaho-Twin Falls and a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from MSU- Bozeman. She worked as a vet tech at Chuteside Veterinary Service in Three Forks from 2003-2014. In 2008, Kristin became a UGC Certified Carcass Ultrasound Technician. Kristin and her husband, along with their two boys, moved back to their family’s ranch at Dell in the fall of 2014. She is currently not actively working as a CVT, but continues to carcass ultrasound throughout Montana. Working as a vet tech allowed her to combine her interests in medicine and animals. Kristin enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan and boys, Rowen and Keegan, helping out on the ranch and doing home improvements.


Continuing education chair | Anni O’hara

Anni grew up on a small subsistence farm in rural southcentral Pennsylvania.  Which is what fostered her love for animals.  She earned a BS in Veterinary Technology at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA in 1999.  In the same year, she took her first fulltime job at a vet hospital in Livingston, MT.  Now she is a full-time mom of four little ones. She also manages a small farm including goats, cows, horses, chickens, cats, a dog, and a few frogs.