Spotlight on Excellence: AAHA Names Veterinary Technician of the Year

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The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is delighted to announce the winner of their Veterinary Technician of the Year award, a tribute to the remarkable contributions veterinary technicians make to the world of pet health. The honor goes to Susan Herbert, RVT, who serves with dedication and brilliance at Chestermere Veterinary Clinic in Chestermere, Alberta, Canada.  


Herbert has been praised for her gentle handling skills and for applying her vast knowledge toward building the most peaceful environment possible for patients. Beyond top-tier pet care, she has emerged as a talented mentor and teacher.  


Susan’s role as a mentor is truly extraordinary. She invests time and energy into nurturing the next generation of veterinary professionals, generously imparting her knowledge and offering guidance to young veterinary technicians and aspiring veterinarians,” said Angela Meyer, the clinic administrator at Susan’s hospital. “Susan’s mentorship extends to pet owners and empowers them to become knowledgeable and responsible caregivers.” 


Herbert will receive a prize package including $750, a personalized trophy, free AAHA CON 2024 conference registration, and more.

Honored as the runners-ups are: 

  • Meagan Hembrough, LVT, from West Loop Animal Hospital in Longview, TX 
  • Meika Valazquez, CVT, from Black Canyon Veterinary Clinic in Montrose, CO 
  • Nicole Van Sant, LVT, VTS-ECC from Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford, CT 


AAHA’s Veterinary Technician of the Year award reflects the dedication of finalists and winners and the outstanding contributions of all veterinary technicians. Join us in congratulating Susan Herbert, RVT, and in celebrating the crucial role that veterinary technicians play in the well-being of our cherished companion animals. Visit to learn more.


Since 1933, the American Animal Hospital Association has been the only organization to accredit veterinary hospitals throughout the United States and Canada based on standards directly correlated to high-quality medicine and compassionate care. Our purpose is to simplify the journey toward excellence in veterinary practices. Accreditation in veterinary medicine is voluntary. The AAHA-accredited logo is the best way to know if a third party has evaluated a practice. Look for the AAHA logo or visit the accredited hospital locator on