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Garnetta Santiago, MA, LVT

Garnetta Santiago, MA, LVT, is Manager of Academic and Professional Affairs for Zoetis,where she helps drive strategic engagement with Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Technology programs in the United States and Caribbean; as well as educational, well-being and professional development outreach to the veterinary profession through several digital platforms. A graduate of the veterinary technology program at SUNY Delhi, Garnetta has been a New York State Licensed Veterinary Technician for over 16years, having worked in small and mixed-animal clinical practice, shelter medicine and academia as adjunct faculty in the veterinary technology program at Ulster County Community College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (Syracuse University); a Master of Arts degree in International Relations (Rutgers University);an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Science Technology (SUNY Delhi),the Professional Certificate in Online Education Instructional Design (University of Wisconsin-Madison)and is working on completing the Certificate Program for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine through Purdue University. With areas of interest in feline medicine, veterinary technician advancement,veterinary wellness and diversity, Garnetta has spoken extensively on a wide range of topics including professional and personal empowerment, small animal nutrition and cultural competency in veterinary medicine.She currently serves as President of the New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians. Garnetta lives in New York’s Hudson Valley region with her husband, daughter, two rambunctious orange tabby littermates and lots of wildlife.