Sandra has been taking formal training classes with her pets for many years. She has been attending agility classes at SureFire since 2015 with her dog Amelia. During an agility hiatus of nearly a year and a half while Amelia was recovering from two different knee surgeries, Sandra trained Amelia to do fun tasks like “lace” and picking up and stacking objects. She started assisting at SureFire in April of 2018 in the Companion Dog classes.
Sandra is a veterinary technician and graduated from Mt. Ida College with a BS in veterinary technology. Currently, she is specialized in anesthesia and has been working towards a behavior specialty certification. She finds working with dogs with challenging behaviors most rewarding.
Sandra shares her house with her wife, three dogs, and two cats. When she can, Sandra enjoys long walks on the beach with her dogs.
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University North Grafton, MA 2010 - present
MVTA Annual Continuing Education Conference Worcester, MA 2011
CVC Kansas City, MO 2010
Mt. Ida College Veterinary Technician Symposium Newton, MA 2009
Tufts Goes West Springfield, MA 2009
Robbins, S. (2010). Premedication and Sedation Drugs. In S. Bryant (Ed.). Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians (pp. 135-142). Ames, Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.
Education & Certifications
Low Stress Handling University Silver Level Certification 2018
VTS (anesthesia & analgesia) 2008
BS Veterinary Technology 2004
Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (SVBT)
Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia (AVTAA)
Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association (MVTA)
MVTA Conference Sturbridge, MA 10/14/18
Clinical Animal Behavior Conference Las Vegas, NV 10/5 – 10/7/18
Sociability vs. Aggression Threshold in Dogs Natick, MA 6/9 – 6/10/18
Spring Technician Symposium North Grafton, MA 6/3/18
19th Annual Technician Symposium North Grafton, MA 1/28/18
Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference Atlantic City, NJ 10/10 – 10/12/17
18th Annual Technician Symposium North Grafton, MA 1/29/17
Update on Behavior Medicine Natick, MA 11/19/16
Tufts Behavior Conference North Grafton, MA 4/3/16
Technician Symposium 2016 North Grafton, MA 1/31/16