Linda Markland has been involved with the veterinary profession for over thirty years. Her experiences are extremely diverse and broad, ranging from small animal clinical practice to corporate and educational positions.
In the practical situation, Ms. Markland performed all roles within the general practice before becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician and then Hospital Manager. She graduated with honors from Orange Coast College, an AVMA accredited technician program, receiving her AS degree in Animal Health Technology. Ms. Markland’s background and experience allowed her to teach at that same AVMA accredited technician program after graduation.
On the corporate side, she worked as the purchasing/operations manager for a large veterinary distributor before becoming an integral part of the Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) team. For VPI, Ms. Markland has worn many hats and most recently works within the Veterinary Services department as Senior Veterinary Education Specialist, supervising a team of Field Educators, which visit hospitals and teach about the benefits of pet insurance. She has worked for VPI for nearly 20 years.
She has also run her own consulting business where she worked with pet stores, breeders, and veterinary hospitals to improve the quality of service that they provide to their clients and customers.
In her spare time, Ms. Markland represents California RVT’s as the Chair of the California Veterinary Medical Association Registered Veterinary Technician Committee, and is a member of CVMA, CVMA House of Delegates, the Allied Industry Committee, SCVMA, SCVMA Allied Industry Committee, SCVMA Para Professional Association, Inland Empire Technician Association, CARVT Association, NAVTA, VHMA, VHMA Allied Industry, Florida VMA Industry Committee, and Pacific Veterinary Conference Committee where she acts as a section co-chair for the technician tract. She is also a member of VetPartners, where she is a past PR Committee Chair and is also on the Opportunities Committee and Ethics Committee.
She also enjoys speaking to technicians and hospital teams on a variety of subjects including pet insurance, team building, and leadership. Ms. Markland has guest lectured at the Professional Veterinary Assistant School, teaching all levels of the program, including the alternate route program preparing veterinary technicians for eligibility to set for the RVT exam. She has served as a moderator at all of the major conferences.
For fun, Ms. Markland enjoys visiting pre-schools, grammar schools, and youth organizations to discuss animals and educate children on how interesting animals are, the importance they play in our lives and to help them better understand not to fear but respect them. In middle and high schools, she enjoys discussing the many opportunities available to young people in the veterinary profession.