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AVTAA NEWS RELEASE - November 2023

The Louise O'Dwyer Scholarship is offered annually to a VTS applicant who has been accepted to sit for the certifying examination in Anesthesia & Analgesia or Emergency & Critical Care within the same calendar year.  Applicants must provide a 500-word essay answering the question “What do you hope to accomplish once you obtain your VTS?”.   The technician or nurse chosen each year receives a $500 award.

Louise O’Dwyer spent her professional career tirelessly advancing herself and never ending her own education. After obtaining her VTS in ECC in 2011, and then later in 2014 her second VTS in Anesthesia/Analgesia, Louise quickly used her VTS to teach and grow other veterinary nurses and technicians in the UK, Europe, Australia and the United States.  This led to world-wide educational opportunities for Louise.  Besides utilizing her VTS to the fullest, Louise brought together many colleagues around the world creating otherwise unlikely friendships and literally opening communication and networking between specialty colleagues from around the world.  Her dedication to lifelong education is further evidenced by the fact that she was pursuing a Master in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia through the University of Edinburgh.

This award is to not only help offset the costs of sitting for the VTS exam but provides a cash award to the applicant who best exemplifies the spirit of Louise.  The applicant should aspire to push themselves, bettering both themselves and the veterinary world around them after obtaining their VTS.

We are proud to announce Kelsey Landry as the 2023 winner of the Louise O'Dwyer Scholarship. Kelsey Landry started her veterinary medicine journey by obtaining her Bachelors of Veterinary Technology from Michigan State University. After a few years in general practice, she found her calling for emergency medicine. She’s worked the last 5 years as WVRC by Ethos. In that time, she has become a clinical supervisor for the ECC teams and this year, obtained her VTS in ECC. She has a special interest in anesthesia and enjoys training and teaching. She has 3 cats at home along with her fiancé. 

Congratulations Kelsey.


The Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia (AVTAA) exists to promote interest in the discipline of veterinary anesthesia.  The Academy provides a process by which a veterinary technician may become credentialed as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anesthesia & Analgesia).  The Academy provides the opportunity for members to enhance their knowledge and skills in the field of veterinary anesthesia.  

The Veterinary Technician who becomes credentialed as a VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia) demonstrates superior knowledge in the care and management of anesthesia cases.  

Credentialed as a VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia) promotes patient safety, consumer protection, professionalism and excellence in anesthesia care.  The Veterinary Anesthesia arena is constantly evolving, thus, the attainment of competence is a continual activity.