M.Ed., Colorado State University
B.A., University of Massachusetts Lowell, History
A.A.S., North Shore Community College, Veterinary Technology
Professor Spencer brings a varied and extensive background to her classroom. She has worked in veterinary settings including general practice, emergency and specialty practices and field medicine settings in underserved communities. She also spent time as a department supervisor and technician manager for IVG Hospitals, Inc. In her past experience teaching and at Mount Ida she brings in real-world examples from these many areas to illustrate the topics she covers.
Professor Spencer feels this is a good time to be in the field of veterinary technology. “We are experiencing huge growth. I tell my students that if they think of something to do as a Veterinary Technician and they can’t find the opportunity to do it they should pioneer the opportunity…and it will likely happen! “
She also shares her passion for the field every day with her students both in the classroom and in once-in-a-lifetime experiences exploring the culture and wildlife of Belize.
“I love being a veterinary technician because I have a passion for helping animals and their people. I also have a love of science. I teach because I feel it is important to give back to the field. I also get great joy in seeing the next generation of Vet Techs grow and succeed. “
Professor Spencer cites among her career highlights, being invited to speak at NAVC and AVMA conferences, organizing the Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association (MVTA) annual Conference for the past several years and being published in the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) Journal.
Professor Spencer is a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency & Critical Care (VTS (Ecc)) and serves as President of the MVTA. She also sits on the Approved Veterinary Assistant committee for NAVTA.
Her advice to her students is “do what you love and if you find you are not loving your job then change it. Veterinary Technology offers so many career options! “
I teach because I feel it is important to give back to the field. I also get great joy in seeing the next generation of Vet Techs grow and succeed.