Katrina Lafferty is a 2001 graduate of DePaul University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. Katrina received her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2005. Katrina is a registered laboratory animal technician (RLAT) and she earned her veterinary technician specialty (VTS) in Anesthesia in 2009. She is one of less than 200 technicians worldwide to have that designation. Katrina spent 2005 through 2016 as a Senior Technician in the Anesthesia and Pain Management Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2016 she moved to the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC), also part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as a lead technician in the Surgery and Anesthesia Department. She spent almost 5 years at the WNPRC, working to improve and innovate the anesthetic and analgesic care of a number of non-human primate species. In 2021, Katrina returned to the School of Veterinary Medicine surgical services department. There she is responsible for pre-and post-operative care in a wide variety of domestic, exotic, and wildlife species. She is also involved in the education of veterinary and veterinary technician students. Katrina is involved in the education of all members of the veterinary community and she has written numerous articles and textbook chapters. She has presented at over 50 continuing education seminars on international level. Her passion is anesthesia and pain management, most particularly in exotic species.
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