Executive Board - President
Patti Christie, CVT
Patti has been involved with veterinary medicine for over 35 years. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 1987 in Minnesota and has enjoyed a variety of career positions within the veterinary field including lead veterinary technician, office manager and practice manager. Patti took time away from veterinary medicine to open and run her own business, Avian Suites, in Minneapolis. This state-of-the-art bird boarding facility received national recognition for its biosecure design and set up. An opportunity to relocate to Colorado precipitated the sale of Avian Suites and Patti went to work for a large parrot welfare organization based in Denver. After 3 years she was given an opportunity to get back into veterinary medicine and accepted a position as a Practice Manager at a clinic in Golden, CO. Patti moved back to Minnesota in 2012 to be closer to family and became the Practice Manager at a large AAHA practice in the western suburbs. She currently is the Practice Manager at Minnehaha Animal Hospital and their 2nd location, Pet Doctors, in Minneapolis.
Patti is a past board member of MAVT and the CACVT and she is a past and current member of the first VPMN chapter which began in 1996. While in Colorado, she was active in the Colorado Veterinary Hospital Manager’s group (CVHM). She also is a board member for Metro Denver Parrot Rescue in CO. Patti is passionate not only about veterinary medicine and avian care, but also education in many areas. She is a firm believer in giving back to the community that has been a vital part of her life’s work and career path.
Patti lives with 7 parrots, 2 cats and one (very tolerant) husband. In her spare time, she continues to speak locally and nationally to parrot caregivers, veterinarians and veterinary technicians about a variety of avian care topics. She and her husband enjoy travel and are involved in several ministry groups.
The President is expected to attend all Executive Board meetings and act as the main facilitator. This is a two year term. The President is expected to participate in various committees to further enhance the MN VPMN. Two year term.