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Committee Chair:

Jill Murray, RVT, RLATG, VTS (Exotic Companion Animals)


Jill is a Registered Veterinary Technician, board‐certified Veterinary Technician Specialist in Exotic Companion Animal Medicine and Registered Laboratory Animal Technologist. Originally from Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Jill received her veterinary technician education at Seneca College. Following graduation, Jill worked in a private emergency clinic and research facility until her love of exotics brought her to the United States where she began her exotics career at Kansas State University VMTH, then later moved to Oklahoma State University. Jill has been part of the Avian, Exotic & Zoo Animal Medicine Service at Oklahoma State University CVHS since 2008. Jill has a passion for exotic pet and zoological medicine with a special interest in emergency and critical care of these special species. She has taught many courses, lectured at national and international conferences, and has authored many veterinary articles. In addition to lecturing, Jill has had the opportunity to be involved in many published research projects. She is currently the Technician Committee Chair for the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and the Vice‐Chair for the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice.



Brandy McKeown, RVT


Brandy graduated from Western Career College in Pleasant Hill, California receiving her AS degree in Veterinary Sciences. She has been an employee at the Medical Center for Birds in Oakley, California for eleven years and is currently the head technician. Brandy has lectured at NAVC and AAV as well as
assisted with lab coordination at AAV for nine years. She also has completed the Living and Learning with Animals course for professionals in applied behavior analysis. Though all aspects of avian medicine are exciting to her, she has great interests in avian hematology as well as clinical pathology and anesthesia.

Melody Hennigh, RVT


Melody is a Registered Veterinary Technician working at the Medical Center for Birds in Oakley, California, for the past 6 years. In 2008 she graduated from Western Career College’s Veterinary Technician program with an AA in science. This year is Melody’s fourth year attending and presenting at AAV, where she has found her passion for presenting about low‐stress handling and medicating as well as enrichment and behavioral science. Melody has also been a part of the lab setup crew at AAV since her first year and is now a member of the AAV Social Media Committee and deeply involved with the Technician Committee. Melody has been a student of the LLA Professionals course, Learning and Living with Animals, taught by Susan G. Friedman PhD, and is currently learning through the Karen Pryor Academy.


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