2022 Board of Directors





Dewey Maddox - President


Dewey is a Florida native and currently lives in Callahan, FL with his wife and daughter. He currently works at White Oak Conservation and previously The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and has a love for big grey beasts (rhinos, elephants, and manatees). I have been a veterinary technician for around 15 years; working in general practice, emergency medicine, zoo medicine.
Email: DMaddox@white-oak.org

Karen Moss – Past President 

Karen Moss, CVT graduated from St Petersburg Jr College Veterinary Technician Program in December of 1981 and practiced in a small animal clinic in South Miami for approximately 18 years. In September of 2000, Karen started teaching as an adjunct instructor in the Veterinary Technology Program at Miami Dade College and became a full time instructor in 2001. Karen still works part time in an internal medicine practice because she enjoys the work and it allows her to keep her skills. Karen has loved being a veterinary technician and she is looking forward to what the future hold for our profession. She currently has one dog, a Boston Terrier (Beatrice) who is her assistant instructor! Karen’s other interests include growing orchids and working in her yard.
Email: kmoss@mdc.edu

Ariel Gilpin –Treasurer


Ariel discovered her passion for animal health early on. By working closely with veterinarians and nursing staff who helped maintain her heard health, it was evident that enriching the lives of animals and educating their people was her life’s calling. In 2013, Ariel moved to Florida to start a family and lay the foundation for her career in Animal Health. In 2016, she graduated from St. Petersburg College- Veterinary Technician Program when she became a CVT and a member of The FVTA. Through working in the field with various species, the desire to teach, train and empower fellow co-workers became an important focus. While having to step back to raise her two small children, she felt compelled to stay heavily involved in the veterinary community. By joining The FVTA, she can continue to improve the lives of veterinary nursing staff statewide. When not juggling FVTA duties, you can find her snuggling her boys or serving her feline family members, Peanut, Vinny, and Noodle.

Falicia Dickerson - Corresponding Secretary

I currently live Daytona Beach, FL with my husband and fur kids. I have a Bachelors degree in Marine Sciences and an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology.  I have previously worked in small animal medicine and wildlife rehabilitation. I wanted to combine my passion for veterinary medicine with my passion for wildlife conservation and currently work as a CVT at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. I have been at CFZ for 2.5 years and enjoy learning something new everyday!

Vicki Rhodes - Recording Secretary 

Vicki was a Certified Public Accountant for a multinational investment bank and financial services company.  When she retired from accounting in 2007, she decided to pursue her lifelong passion for animals.  She graduated in 2009 from the Veterinary Technology program at Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City, Missouri.  She was a Registered Veterinary Technician, worked in small animal practice and was a member of the Missouri Veterinary Technicians Association for 13 years.  Vicki and her husband sold their home of 26 years and most of their possessions in early 2020.  Then, with their three dogs and two cats, made the lengthy drive from Missouri to Florida.  They settled in Clermont, a suburb of Orlando, and love the wonderful Florida weather.  As a member of the FVTA, she hopes to contribute to the promotion of Florida Certified Veterinary Technicians within the industry and increase public awareness of their qualifications.


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