Meet Our Certified Professionals:

Anesthesia Machine Servicing Experts

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Michelle McConnell, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)
Director of Service & Sales

Michelle McConnell graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, Colorado in 2002. She obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Anesthesia in 2007 while teaching at Kansas State University. Since 2007, Michelle has worked at specialty animal hospitals in South Florida. She is a member of the South Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians in America and the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists. Michelle joined Vetamac in 2011 as a service technician/sales associate in South Carolina.

Michelle grew up in Michigan but now lives in South Carolina with her husband, Bryan. She has two daughters, Violet and Brook. She loves spending time with her family, reading and running—even placing 1st in her age group during a 5k run while 7 months pregnant!

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Heidi Lescun, BS, RVT
Director of Technical Services

Heidi Lescun got her BS in Veterinary Technology from North Dakota State University in 1997. She worked as a veterinary technologist at Purdue University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital until 2000, when she moved to Australia for her husband Tim’s job as a veterinarian at a progressive equine hospital. In 2001, she returned to the Purdue VTH to provide anesthesia support and was appointed the supervisor of the anesthesia technicians in 2006. Heidi joined Vetamac in 2015 as service technician/sales associate servicing Northwest and Central Indiana.

Heidi is originally from Wausau, Wisconsin. She’s married to Tim, an Australian, and they have a daughter, Lili. She enjoys lasagna and 80’s rock, and she and Tim live on a small hobby farm with 4 horses and 3 dogs in Lafayette, Indiana. They enjoy attending Purdue basketball games and traveling and are often found showing horses at the Indiana Quarter Horse Shows.

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Photo courtesy of Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

Jared Long, RVT
Director of Field Support & Training

Jared Long received his Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology from Brown Mackie College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He first worked as a kennel assistant when he was 15 and now has 15 years in the veterinary field. He has experience with large and small animal primary care as well as small animal emergency and specialty care and was on the surgery team at an emergency and specialty hospital in Fort Wayne, IN for 2 years. In 2005, Jared worked at a mixed animal practice where he became a supervisor. He transitioned to the inventory manager position until coming to Vetamac in February 2016 as a service technician/sales associate servicing Northeast Indiana and Eastern Michigan.

A native of Leo, Indiana, Jared now lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his husband, Ryan, and their 3 dogs: Booker (Great Dane), Bentley (Great Pyrenees), and Puck (Golden Retriever Mix). He’s the second youngest of 5 boys, and he praises his kind and selfless mother as his biggest hero. He is known as the “novelist” due to the detailed notes he takes at work. On a typical Friday night, Jared will be at the lake with friends or enjoying a relaxing glass of wine.

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Kelly Mayotte, CVT
Certified Service Technician/Sales Associate

Kelly Mayotte graduated from Sanford Brown Institute in Veterinary Technology. She loved her work as a lab animal veterinary technician, but she moved back to Wisconsin and was mostly a stay at home mom. When she heard about Vetamac, she fell in love with the company’s values and came on board.

Kelly grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and has moved around with her husband, Matt, who was in the Navy. She has 2 older stepsisters and a son, named Owen. She loves snuggling on the couch with her husband and son and drinking coffee on the porch.

Jeff Lee, RVT, LATG

Service Technician/Sales Associate

Jeff Lee is a Registered Veterinary Technician and received his AAS in Veterinary Medical Technology in 2004 from Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, NC.  He did an externship at Duke University and worked in biomedical research there for 17 years. Jeff’s primary responsibilities included managing the research pharmacy, inventory control, controlled substance management including DEA compliance, as well as veterinary care and research study support. He was also a certified Laboratory Animal Technologist and a member of the Triangle Branch of AALAS, SLAVT and NAVTA.

Jeff is originally from Newton Grove, NC and lived in the Raleigh-Durham area for over 16 years but currently lives in Winston Salem, NC.

He has two canine kids, a Beagle/Maltese named Beacan and a Chihuahua/Shih Tzu named Lilbit, as well as two curly hair tarantulas, Tico and Miskitu.

He enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as the outdoors, especially gardening, camping, kayaking and hiking.  He enjoys traveling and try to spend as much time as possible in the Appalachian Mountains.

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Rick Trexler, RVT
Certified Service Technician/Sales Associate

Rick Trexler studied veterinary technology at San Diego Mesa College. He has degrees in liberal arts, biotechnology, and electronics from Johnson County Community College, and he studied zoology and marine biology at Humboldt State University. In addition to being a Registered Veterinary Technician, he’s also a qualified veterinary dental technician (American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians), an ABO certified optician, and a Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician, and has other equipment-specific certifications.

Rick Trexler grew up along the West Coast of the US. He is the youngest of 9 siblings and has a grown daughter who is an artist and an 11-year-old son who enjoys Boy Scouts and playing trombone. Rick likes Mexican food, Italian food, and more specifically, crêpes with either Nutella or crème au citron. He likes Elvis Costello and Bob Marley, and among his heroes is Jacques Cousteau.

Jennifer Dupre-Welsh, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia), CVPP
Certified Service Technician/Sales Associate

Jennifer is a native of Massachusetts and has remained determined to care for animals since a young age. Jennifer attended Becker College and earned an AS in Science, followed by her certification as a veterinary technician (CVT) in 1992. Since then, Jennifer has worked for both specialty and university practices, supervising and teaching technicians and students, and performing anesthesia to a variety of patients. While at Ross University in St Kitts, West Indies, she worked under board-certified anesthesiologists to obtain her certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (2005) and later Veterinary Pain Practitioner (2013).

Since, 2005, Jennifer has authored and co-authored book chapters, has lectured both nationally and internationally and more recently, developed a short course for both veterinarians and technicians in Southwest Florida entitled Everyday Anesthesia for the Veterinary Professional.

Jennifer is married to Urnell and has two daughters, Julia and Charlotte. They have Jorge, “the Bayford’s cat” and a newly adopted Pitbull named Archie. When Jen is not working, she enjoys family time and listening to reggae music. She looks forward to visiting the Caribbean whenever possible.

Jenny Smith, BA, RVT
Certified Service Technician/Sales Associate

Jenny Smith is a native of Springboro, OH and graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s in Business Marketing in 2008. This degree was a stepping stone into the veterinary world and she received her veterinary technician license two years later.  Jenny worked in several different animal hospitals as a technician over the past ten years before coming to Vetamac.

Jenny has two children, Charlotte and Grahm, who keep her life fast paced and fun!  In her spare time Jenny runs a catering company with her mother and sister and enjoys playing the piano and singing.

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Ariel McBounds, AS, RVT
Certified Service Technician/Sales Associate

Ariel first discovered her passion and love for animals at a young age. She attended the Veterinary Institute at Fox College in Chicago where she obtained an Associate’s Degree in Arts of Applied Science and later received her Registered Veterinary Technician license. Ariel began her RVT career by working as an overnight veterinary emergency technician at a 24-hour veterinary emergency center and has 4 years’ experience in both general and emergency veterinary medicine.

In her spare time, Ariel enjoys spending quality time with her daughter, Amirah, going to the movies, trying out new recipes, arts and crafts, and reading.

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Lynn Zellers, RVT
Service Technician/Sales Associate

Lynn Zellers knew at a young age that she wanted to spend her life helping animals. She decided to make that her career and graduated Columbus State with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology.

Lynn worked in several busy hospitals gaining experience and was offered an opportunity to work in a specialty hospital as a dermatology technician. After 10 years working in dermatology, another opportunity presented itself, which was Vetamac. After researching the company, she was impressed with the owners and what they stood for. She looks forward to spending many years with Vetamac and learning even more about anesthesia. Lynn, her husband and three children reside in northeastern Ohio.

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Jami Uitermarkt, RVT

Service Technician/Sales Associate

Jami Uitermarkt graduated from DMACC with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. She has been a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2011. Jami worked at a small animal clinic in Pella, Iowa before joining the Vetamac team.

Jami lives in Monroe, Iowa with her husband Jason (both born and raised there). They have 4 children, Gracie, Grant, Gretchen, and Graeden. She enjoys coffee, puzzles, board games, time with family, and attending her children’s events. They have a 3-year-old Springer Spaniel named Audrey Hepburn.

Kristen Vendur, CVT
Service Technician/Sales Associate

Kristen Vendur began her veterinary career in 2004 working with a small animal Veterinary clinic in Ocala, Florida. In 2009 she graduated from the College of Central Florida with her Associates Degree in business. In 2015 she became a Lead Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Technician at The University of Florida Pet Emergency Treatment Services. She later went on to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.

Kristen was born and raised in Florida, now residing in the horse capital of the world, Ocala. She has two children, Mercedes and Carson. She also has three dogs (Bella, Skippito, and Violet), a horse (Sweet), and a ball python (Frappucino). In her free time, she enjoys taking trips, especially to the mountains, and spending quality time with her family.

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Tom Eden
Chief Executive Officer/President

Tom Eden graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Tom has owned many businesses since 1986, including Holiday Inn, Aamco Transmissions, and Thrifty Car Rental. He joined Vetamac in 2007 as an advisory board member and, as he says, “I liked the company so much I bought it!”

Tom grew up in Crawfordsville, Indiana as the 2nd born child with 3 sisters. He’s been married to his wife, Tricia, for 32 years and has 2 boys and 2 girls. Tom is a proud follower of Christ, loves hanging out with his wife, and is very proud to own Vetamac because of the people and customers that make this company thrive.

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Carla Hufford
Business Manager

Carla Hufford received her Associate Degree in Accounting from Ivy Tech Community College. She’s worked in accounting and tax preparation and has 10 years of experience as a Customer Service Representative for a local financial institution. Carla has been with Vetamac since 2004 and oversees the scheduling of service calls, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, inventory, and marketing activities.

Carla is a native of the Rossville area and lives there today. She’s the oldest of 3 girls and a mother of 3 as well: Bethany, Whitney, and Cory. She loves pizza and Mexican food. On a Friday evening, Carla can be found reading and camping. Staying healthy is important to her so that she and her husband, Brian, can travel when they retire.

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Brian Hufford
Manufacturing/Service Specialist

Brian Hufford joined Vetamac in July 2015 as a Manufacturing/Service Specialist. He manages all machining, assembly, and testing of the equipment and products produced by Vetamac. He also handles machine repair and service, including field service, as necessary. Brian has completed courses in the Industrial Maintenance program at Ivy Tech. He worked as an assembly technician for over 21 years for Caterpillar Large Engine Center.

Brian and his wife, Carla, have three children.  He enjoys running, deer hunting, and camping.

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Thomas Eden
Head Vaporizer Technician

Thomas Eden is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis and grew up in Monticello IN. He oversees all vaporizer work for Vetamac clients and Covetrus. He gets great satisfaction out of the problem-solving portion of the process and loves seeing a job through from start to finish.

Thomas is the oldest of 4 and is married to his wife of 8 years, who teaches at Purdue University. He has a 5-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter. He also has 3 Maine coon cats, one of which is a purebred. Thomas enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, loves music, and plays bass guitar and drums.

Harry Latshaw, MS, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)
Company Founder, Consultant

Harry Latshaw attended Purdue University where he earned a BS in Animal Science and a Masters in Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology.  Harry worked full time as an Anesthesia Technologist in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Purdue for 22 years, winning multiple teaching awards.

Seeing a need for quality service support, Harry, along with his wife, Freida, founded Vetamac in 1990.  Since then, the company has become a recognized leader in the industry.

Harry is a member of several professional organizations including the American Veterinary Medical History Society, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Indiana Veterinary Technician Association, and the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists.  He continues to give oral presentations at numerous conferences including the Annual Purdue Fall Conference for Veterinary Technicians and the AAHA National Conference.  Harry also enjoys returning to his love of teaching by presenting lectures and labs to students currently in the Veterinary Technology Program at Purdue.

Harry retired from the day to day operations in December 2015.  He and his wife, Freida, reside in the Rossville, Indiana area.

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PO Box 178
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