The Faculty of the Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology|
The Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology supports a growing staff of experienced Veterinarians and Certified Veterinary Technicians. Faculty members are credentialed and experienced in a variety of arenas including general practice, mixed animal, laboratory medicine, anesthesia and emergency specialty care, and surgery.
Please note that the current list of faculty may expand and change at any time.
Dr. Steve Rubin, CEO
Dr. Rubin is the 2007 founder and principal of CAVT and serves as CEO, Admissions Officer and Registrar. He is a native of New York, a graduate of Cornell University and holds the DVM degree from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He has an extensive background in clinical veterinary medicine with emphasis on emergency care to companion animals.
Ramona Crane, BA, LVT, CVT, Program Director and Full Time Instructor
Ms. Crane received her Associate Degree of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV in 2006, and her BA from the University of California at Berkeley. She has worked in small animal clinics, and has volunteered for years in a high volume, high quality spay/neuter clinic (HCWS.org) in Las Vegas. She was the laboratory manager for the Western Veterinary Conference and the Oquendo Center for Clinical Education where she was also the site manager for the monthly implementation of the Clinical Proficiency Examination conducted for the AVMAs Equivalency Program for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECVFG, AVMA Council on Education).
Stephen Crane, DVM, Diplomate, ACVS
Dr. Crane is a graduate of the University of California at Davis and fulfilled extensive post-graduate clinical experiences in the specialty of veterinary surgery. He has had a diverse career in veterinary medicine including institutional clinical medicine and teaching soft tissue surgery at three major universities with an exiting position from academia as Professor of Surgery and Department Head at the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. He also spent a decade each in pet food industry research and development, and as an Executive Director of the Western Veterinary Conference with CEO responsibilities for a major continuing education conference.
At the CAVT he teaches Medical Mathematics, Pharmacology, Nutrition, Clinical Chemistry, Radiology, Advanced Nursing, and Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. Working with other faculty he leads a program of Directed Clinical Practice which allows students an opportunity for additional hands-on experience in working with wellness programs and clinical medicine to help allow applications of skills.
Mrs. Horst is a graduate in microbiology from Biola University and maintains the important responsibility for students’ initial orientation to the CAVT basic sciences in Algebra, Chemistry, Biology, and Clinical Microbiology.
Dr. Randy Parker
Dr. Parker graduated from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in May 1989. Dr. Parker limits his current practice to surgical, ambulatory, and preventative and general health care of horses and other large animals. Dr. Parker teaches Large Animal Medicine and Husbandry for the CAVT.
John Davis, DVM, MS, MBA
Dr. Davis is a dual-degree bachelor’s and Master’s degree (Parasitology and Tropical Medicine) graduate of the University of New Mexico. Prior to entering veterinary medicine Dr. Davis was an officer rank submariner in the US Navy. He continues service as a Captain in the United States Public Health Service (Reserve). Dr. Davis also earned an MBA degree (Medical Management) and attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. Dr. Davis is the principal of Rio Cucharas Veterinary Clinic in Walsenburg, CO and teaches the veterinary technology of cattle and small ruminants including species characteristics, husbandry, handling and restraint, and clinical and nursing procedures.
Liza Dadone, VMD
Dr. Dadone is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and fulfilled extensive post-graduate clinical experiences in the specialty of zoological medicine. She is the Head Veterinarian at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo where she hosts student internships and helps coordinate cooperative experiences between the Zoo and the CAVT. The emphasis of the latter can include students’ participation in medical care of the diversity of species in the zoo’s collection under her direct supervision. She also lectures on selected topics in the exotic animal medicine.
Ms. Turner is a graduate of the graphics design program at Wyoming’s Northwest College and the Zoo Technology program of Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs. She is a full time zookeeper in the African Rift-Valley exhibit at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and is an avid volunteer for pursuits related to academic ornithology and the care of wild fowl. Ms. Turner is the primary instructor for the course in exotic animal veterinary technology including species characteristics, handling and restraint, nutrition and husbandry, and the basics of medical assisting.
Michael Hronsky, BA, CVT
Mr. Hronsky is a native of Vermont and has a degree in Computer Animation from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Later, realizing his passion for animal care, he now possesses 12 years experience as a non-certified veterinary technician in companion animal practices. He is a 2011 graduate of the CAVT and received his Colorado VT certification. His current duties are instruction in Anatomy and physiology and English.
Joy Cooper, BS, LVT, CVT
Ms. Cooper is a graduate in zoology from The Ohio State University and is a 2007 graduate of the veterinary technology program of Columbus (Ohio) State University. Ms. Cooper is the hospital manager and veterinary technician at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Her instructional assignments at the CAVT are primary responsibility for the courses in Parasitology and Hematology. As well, she mentors students working in assigned clinical activities at the zoo.