Erika Ervin, MBA, CVTPresident
Erika Ervin, MBA, CVT
Erika Ervin has been in the veterinary industry since 2001. She has experience in all aspects of veterinary medicine including, but not limited to, client service, surgical assistance, dentistry, private practice management, corporate practice management, and lab animal medicine. She has been a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) since 2005. Erika has a Bachelor’s degree in biology and an MBA – both from Monmouth University. In the near future, Erika will be pursuing designation as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM), as she has always been interested in career development.

She has a Yorkshire Terrier named “Caesar”, who is spoiled rotten. In her free time she enjoys bike riding, cooking, going to the movies, and spending time with her family and friends.

Immediate Past-President
Tracy Turner, CVT
Tracy has been a Practice Manager with Banfield since 2012. Prior to this, she worked for 16+ years in private practice. She has also worked as an Animal Compliance Officer at Monmouth University and Interim Assistant to the IACUC. Tracy has been published and has lectured on veterinary topics including: The ABCs of SOPs; Pain Recognition in Exotic Species; The Training of Exotic Technicians; and Cost Effective Anesthesia for Goldfish. She also does volunteer work with the SPCA and AHS. Tracy served as the NJVTA President from 2009 to 2015.

Aylah Skultety,Vice President/Social Media Coordinator
Aylah Skultety, CVT
Aylah Skultety has a Bachelors degree in Media Arts, an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology (earning her CVT in 2010), a Master’s degree in Media Arts, and is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Business Management. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2005, first as a technician for an ambulatory equine vet, then moved on to canine/feline in 2007. Aylah has written articles for Firstline magazine and, and publishes content weekly at In 2014 she earned certificates in Social Media from Hootsuite Academy and the Social Media Academy. She is currently the Hospital Manager at Bayview VCA. She lives in Hightstown, NJ and has 4 purebred/show Miniature Schnauzers, Magnolia, Mindy, Delphi, and Stella. In her spare time she enjoys reading, urban exploring, and practicing her speeches for Toastmasters.

Tina DeVictoria has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from Rutgers University and became a certified veterinary technician in 2006. In 2013 she also became a VTS in Clinical Practice – Canine/Feline. She has been working in the veterinary field for over 15 years, with the bulk of her experience being in general practice. She has also worked in research and emergency/specialty.

Tina has published several articles and has lectured on various internal medicine topics around the state. She has also taught at the veterinary assistant program at Mercer County Community College. She has been working at NorthStar VETS since 2014. She lives in Hamilton, NJ with her husband, son and two cattle dog mixes, Kai and Akyra.

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Valerie Garuccio CVT, VTS (ECC)
Valerie Garuccio has an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Manor College, PA. Since graduating and passing the VTNE in 2001 she held positions as a Veterinary Technician working for progressive and specialty practices in both New York and New Jersey. With interests in both Avian/Exotic medicine and Emergency/Critical Care, her experience eventually led her to specialize in ECC. In 2011 Valerie was accepted into the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, thereby earning her VTS title. At the turn of 2012 she took on a supervisory role at her hospital overseeing the Critical Care Unit. Valerie is also an active member of the AVECCT mentoring committee and nursing standards committee. She currently resides near the Jersey shore with her dog Ninja and Henrik the budgie.

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Kara Auriema, CVT
Kara graduated with honors and received her A.A.S. degree from the A.V.M.A. accredited Vet Tech Institute of Houston, Texas in 2013. While in school, Kara was Vice President of the Veterinary Technician Student Organization and a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. Kara completed her internship in Sea Turtle Rehabilitation at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida in 2013. In addition, Kara has actively volunteered her time at a multitude of Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers, Animal Shelters and fundraising activities. Kara received her credentials as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2014. She’s active in learning many aspects of Veterinary Medicine, including her interest in Rehabilitation. She is currently the Technician Supervisor at Bayview VCA in Toms River.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Kara enjoys spending her free time outdoors near the shore; whether it be hiking, swimming, crabbing or lounging, you’ll find her spending time with her Golden Retriever Tallulah and her Collie mix Kevlar.

Nicole HerbertRecording Secretary
Nicole Herbert CVT
Nicole Herbert has been with the same practice since 1993, and she received her certification in 2006. She is currently the practice manager at Clover Hill Animal Hospital in Flemington NJ. She have been on the board of NJVTA for several years and runs an internship program at her practice for the local high school polytech students. She is currently director of the Hunterdon County CERT team, and has been a member of both CERT and CART teams for over a decade. She is also a volunteer wildlife rehabber for Woodlands Wildlife Refuge in Pittstown NJ. She lives with 4 cats and 4 dogs, and plays flag football, volleyball, softball and does isshinru karate in her spare time.