Meet the Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Veterinary Technicians act as the pet nurses in the animal medical field. Their many jobs may include, but are not limited to: preparing an animal for surgical procedures; performing anesthesia and monitoring; drawing blood for various tests; giving vaccines and educating clients under the care of the Veterinarian.

An LVT must complete a veterinary technician program from an accredited school, as well as pass a national exam at the end of their training. Once they have completed their training program, continuing education is required to keep members current with changing medical procedures. Veterinary Technicians are required to work under the supervision of a Veterinarian; this allows the doctor more one-on-one time to spend with their patients and clients in order to answer any important questions. LVTs allow our doctors to be able to keep their focus on their patient’s treatment and care without sacrificing valuable time.

We are proud of our dedicated staff and the experience they have gained in the veterinary field. It is because of them that our doctors are able to provide the excellent care that our client’s have come to expect. Our Licensed Veterinary Technicians here at Salty Paws Veterinary Hospital are caring, compassionate team members that are vital to our hospital. We would like you to be able to get to know the LVTs we have brought together here at our hospital.


Tatum, LVT, Fear Free Certified

Tatum started in the veterinary field in 1995 at the age of 18. She graduated from LVT school in spring of 2006.

Her household includes her with her English Bulldog Deebo, Pitbull mix Ruby, lab mix Dayzee and her three cats Skippy Jon Jones, Eclipse, Muzby.

Outside of Salty Paws she enjoys spending time with her family and taking care of animals.

Halie- LVT, Fear Free Certified

Halie is from Jacksonville, Florida she moved to Newport News, Virginia with her family when she was 5 years old. She now resides in Smithfield. Halie shares her home with her son Vincie, and Boxer Pip Squeek.

Halie’s veterinary specialties include surgeries and cytology’s.

When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family, going to the gym and horse back riding.