Rosemary Cook, CVT, Ph.D. began her career in veterinary education as a full time instructor at Johnson College (Scranton, PA) in 2004. Two years later, she became the Chairperson of the Veterinary Technology program at Johnson and continues to serve in this position. When earning her degree in Veterinary Technology, she was inspired and sometimes overwhelmed by the amount of education, training, and skill that was needed to be a part of the veterinary team as a technician. Her passion for the profession and for education developed there, and continued through graduate school.
When asked why she wanted to serve on this board and why NEVTEA is an important organization she said: “I believe that organizations like NEVTEA allow a forum for very talented and passionate educators to get together and share ideas. From the new instructor, to those of us who have been at this awhile, I am always inspired and energized by the positive energy and wealth of knowledge I take away from meetings and discussions with folks from NEVTEA and the national organization, AVTE.”


Pesident Elect

Kathy Koar, MS Ed,. CVT is the current Director of the Veterinary Technology Program at Harcum College (Bryn Mawr, PA). She began her education career at Harcum as an adjunct faculty member, and then became the Assistant Director of the program there before taking on the role of Program Director in 2012. She received her AS in veterinary technology from Harcum College and her MS Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania.
When asked why she wanted to serve on this board and why NEVTEA is an important organization she said: "I am excited to serve on the executive board of NEVTEA because I feel it is all of our responsibility to support and promote our associations.  I would like to demonstrate for my students the importance of networking with others, and working cooperatively to continue to improve the quality of veterinary technician education and animal care."


Past President

Dr. Joanna Bassert is Professor and Director of Veterinary Technology at Manor College (Jenkintown, PA). She is the founder and past-president of the Northeast Veterinary Technician Educators Association and served several terms as Director-at- Large on the board of the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators (AVTE). Dr. Bassert is passionate about the important role that veterinary technicians play in contemporary veterinary practice, and has devoted her professional life to supporting the profession as an educator, editor, author and lobbyist.



Sabrina Timperman, DVM, is an Assistant Professor in the Veterinary Technology Program at Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY). She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She also earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Wagner College in Staten Island. Following graduation from veterinary medical school, Dr. Timperman was a small animal (dog and cat) veterinarian in private practice on Staten Island. Prior to being appointed Assistant Professor, Dr. Timperman taught as an Adjunct Professor at Mercy College’s Veterinary Technology Program.

When asked why she wanted to serve on this board and why NEVTEA is an important organization she said: “I feel NEVTEA is an important organization because it provides veterinary technology programs in the northeast with a forum to exchange ideas, collaborate and learn from one another how to best prepare students for entrance into the field.   It also supports legislation that promotes veterinary technicians and technologists interests helping to strengthen the profession.”