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.


Secretary | Leah Anderson

Leah began her veterinary career working at a Colorado clinic in high school for credit so she didn’t have to graduate early before all of her friends. From there she went to 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 asked for her old job back at the clinic she worked at in high school. While at Bel-Rea, Leah had the opportunity to do a 2 month internship at Littleton Equine among numerous other amazing opportunities that confirmed this was what she was supposed to do. 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, Leah decided that day practice was more what she was after and started working at Foothills Veterinary Hospital, a small animal hospital. Leah wanted to further her involvement in the veterinary world and looked for a way to do that, which led her to the BSVTA. She attended one of the regional meetings and asked how she could help. It began with the newsletter, which has over the past 2 years progressed into a variety of other jobs, when Secretary seemed like the right fit. She is excited to aid the association in improving communication with members and whatever else may come up. In her free time Leah can be found reading, playing with her dogs/horse/chickens, quilting or scrapbooking.

treasurer | Dixie Mack







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 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.