Faculty & Contacts
Aaron Silveus, RVT
I have been with Columbus State since 2012. As an adjunct instructor, I have taught in the Clinical Applications Courses, which are the hands-on portions of the student’s education. As with many Veterinary Technicians, the College has asked me to fill multiple roles while teaching. Some of which include teaching physical exams, anesthetic monitoring, male urinary catheter placement, and venipuncture.
I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Findlay in 2009. I then began in the Veterinary Technology program at Columbus State Community College, graduating in 2011. Upon graduation I was hired at MedVet Columbus in the Neurology department. While at MedVet, I was also trained in the Oncology Department and would occasionally help in the Emergency and Critical Care Department. I joined the Banfield Pet Hospital of Polaris team in 2012. At Banfield, I was able to gain a vast amount of knowledge and refine my technical skills. Shortly after starting at Banfield, I was offered an Adjunct Faculty position at Columbus State. As of June 2015, I have joined The Ohio State University in the Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Department. Emergency and Critical Care has always been an interest of mine and I hope that the experience gained in this department will aid me in educating Vet Tech Students.
In my free time I enjoy cooking, going to the movies, and socializing with my friends and family. I have two cats. Due to my busy schedule, I do not have a dog at this time, but would consider one in the future. I love interacting with the resident dogs and cats at CSCC and caring for my patients at OSU.
Bachelors of Science:
University of Findlay 2009
Associates of Applied Science: Columbus State Community College 2011
Registered Veterinary Technician - Ohio
Amy Jo Williams, RVT
Amy Jo has been a part of veterinary medicine since 1968 when she started working for the local veterinarian in northern Michigan as kennel help and moving into a veterinary assistant position. When relocating to Ohio in the late 80’s, Amy Jo went to school at Columbus State Community College to obtain her registration as a Veterinary Technician.
While working to obtain her registration, she was a veterinary assistant at Gahanna Animal Hospital. She then moved on to work for Columbus Veterinary Emergency Services and eventually ended up working for both CVES and MedVet for several years.
Her career moved on to The Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital working in emergency/ICU, then moving to as an instructor in anesthesia and surgery for Columbus State Community College Veterinary Technician interns. She shared these teaching responsibilities with her friend and colleague Lenore Southerland, RVT. At this time she also taught surgery and anesthesia at Columbus State Community College in the Veterinary Technology evening program.
In 2001, Amy Jo moved to the Cincinnati area to work as a veterinary technician at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a biomedical research facility. When at Ethicon she obtain certificates as Registered Laboratory Animal Technician, Surgical Research Specialist and Surgical Research Anesthetist Specialist. She also had the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree in Business at Antioch University.
Today Amy Jo is still teaching at Columbus State Community College in all areas of veterinary technology and recently was a Practice Manager at PetPlex Animal Hospital located at Buckeye Lake. Amy Jo lives with her husband on a hobby farm outside of Hillsboro, Ohio with a wide range of farm critters.
Brenda A. Johnson, D.V.M.
Professor and Clinical Coordinator
OFFICE LOCATION: VT 207
Dr. Brenda Johnson began her professional career after graduating from The Ohio State University in 1981 with a combination Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology and Certificate of Dental Hygiene. Dr. Johnson was employed as a Registered Dental Hygienist while pursuing her veterinary medical education and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from The OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. Dr. Johnson has practiced small animal veterinary medicine for 27 years and is employed part-time at Whitehall Animal Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She also does volunteer work for Cozy Cat Cottage Adoption Center in Powell, Ohio. Her teaching career began as an adjunct faculty member in the Veterinary Technology Program at Columbus State Community College in 1991. Dr. Johnson was granted a full-time faculty position in 1996 and served as the Program Coordinator from 1998 until 2015. She received promotion to full professor in 2009 and has served as the program’s Clinical Coordinator since 1997. Dr. Johnson received the Columbus State Community College Distinguished Teaching Award in 1998 and the Distinguished Full Professor Award in 2013. She truly enjoys teaching the CSCC veterinary technology students, particularly the subjects of veterinary pharmacology and veterinary dentistry. In her spare time, Dr. Johnson enjoys gardening and riding her two American Quarter Horses with her daughter.
Bachelor of Science, Zoology, with a Certificate of Graduate Dental Hygienist, June 1981, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, June 1988, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
Veterinary Accreditation, September 1988, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Carla Mayers Bletsch, DVM
Associate Professor and Attending Veterinarian
OFFICE LOCATION: VT 202
PHONE: (614) 287-5232
FAX: (614) 287-5235
I have been with Columbus State in the Veterinary Technology program since January of 1999. I spent the first 7 years as an adjunct instructor and became full time faculty Autumn of 2006. I teach Introduction to Small Animal Medicine, Principle of Veterinary Radiography, Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology, Small Animal Health and Disease and Clinical Applications I and II within the program. I am also one of the attending veterinarians taking care of the 24 dogs and 22 cats housed within the Veterinary Technology facility. I oversee the acquisition and adoptions of the animals within the veterinary technology program.
Prior to joining Columbus State Community College, I worked in small animal private practice in New Jersey, Georgia and Ohio. I spent several years as a veterinarian for a canine reproduction company in Pennsylvania. I spend my free time training and showing my dogs in agility, obedience and rally plus I love to garden and walk. I live with my husband, 2 yorkies, 1 sheltie, 1 German Shorthair Pointer and 4 cats in the country.
1988 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University
1983 B.S. in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Joe Geradi, RVT
I Graduated from Columbus State Community College in 1994 with an Associates of Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology. From 1994 until 2006 I worked for Earl Kittle DVM at Georgesville Road Animal Hospital. In 2006 I started working in the Veterinary Technology Program at Columbus state Community College as an RVT and teaching assistant. The classes I assist in are Parasitology, Anesthesia, Lab Animal, Introduction to Small Animal Medicine, and Clinical Applications 1, 2, and 3. I also provide medical attention and care to the dogs, cats and laboratory animals housed here.
I have a particular interest in avian and reptile medicine, and have been involved with this facet of veterinary medicne during the time I spent in private practice. I have a chicken coop that houses between 20 and 30 laying hens, and we use this facility when teaching our Veterinary Technology students avian restraint and care during the lab animal course.
I have 3 sons that I enjoy spending time with. Our pets include bearded dragons, two rabbits, turtles, fish, birds and a cat. We also like being outdoors and going hunting and fishing.
John Youngblood, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician and Teaching Assistant
OFFICE LOCATION: VT 102
PHONE: (614) 287-2584
FAX: (614) 287-5235
I have been with Columbus State in the Veterinary Technology program since March of 2012. Prior to that, I worked with the Columbus State Bookstore as a part-time employee while attending the Veterinary Technology course program. I graduated from the Veterinary Technology program in 2009. I manage and maintain the Clinical Pathology lab, and assist with the Clinical Pathology I and II courses, the Clinical Applications courses, and the Laboratory Animal and Anesthesia labs. I also act as the secretary for the IACUC oversight committee. I adopted one dog (Dakota) and one cat (Billy Bob) from the program, and live with them, my beautiful wife, and our other dog (Sophie) and cat (Glodean).
Katrina Jackson, MS, RHIA, RVT
I began my Columbus State Community College career teaching Clinical Pathology I and II in 2013 as an adjunct faculty member. I also work full time as the Supervisor of Medical Records and Large Animal Client Services at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center and have been in this role since 2008. My previous work experience includes working for IDEXX Laboratories (for four years) in hematology, cytology, and immunology. I enjoy spending time with my husband and family, which includes a German Shepherd, a Mountain Cur Mix, a Chihuahua Mix, and a Calico cat.
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Master of Science
Allied Health Management, 2014
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Bachelor of Science
Health Information Management and Systems, 2006
Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH
Associate’s in Applied Sciences
Veterinary Technology, 2002
Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)
Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
VIST Program Coordinator
OFFICE LOCATION: GR 109
Kelly has worked at Columbus State Community College since February of 1996. She started fulltime in the Telephone Information Center as a representative. She received her certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy and worked part-time in the Veterinary Technology Program.
When the instructor of the Animal Assisted Therapy Certificate program moved to Virginia Poly-Tech in 1999, she stepped in to teach the AAT courses and integrated the courses to meet the needs of students in Nursing, Mental Health, Chemical Dependency, Early Childhood Development and of course, Veterinary Technology! When the Veterinary Technology moved into its own dedicated building on campus in 2002, she took the position of Office Associate.
She maintains involvement in the College through participation on numerous campus committees including the Health & Human Services AA/OA Council and Records Retention Committee. She resides in Baltimore with her husband and dachshund (Juwlie).
EDUCATION: Southeastern Business College – Lancaster Branch Associate of Applied Business in Accounting, 1992
Associate of Applied Business in Business Management, 1992
Columbus State Community College Animal Assisted Therapy in Education Certificate, 1998
Laura Donaldson, RVT, KPA-CTP
Laura Donaldson is a Registered Veterinary Technician who has been an adjunct faculty
member at Columbus State Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program since 2008.
She has taught in the hands-on, laboratory portions of Introduction to Small Animal Medicine, Veterinary Parasitology, Principles of Veterinary Anesthesia, and Clinical Applications I, II, and III. Laura enjoys instructing students on low-stress handling and restraint procedures for both cats and dogs, animal behavior and training, and venipuncture.
Outside of teaching at Columbus State, Laura has been the Veterinary Technician and Service Coordinator for the Behavioral Medicine Clinic at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center since 2015. She is Fear-Free Certified, a Certified Training Partner through the Karen Pryor Academy, and is pursuing her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Behavior. Along with technician duties with behavioral medicine appointments, Laura does behavior modification, handling, training, and puppy classes. She is also involved in training low stress handling and restraint to the veterinary students.
In her limited free time, Laura enjoys reading, studying for VTS, and spending time with her husband, Joe, who is in the radio industry, and their household of animals.
Columbus State Community College, AAS, cum laude 1999
Central Pennsylvania College BS, summa cum laude 2007
Licensed Veterinary Technician with Ohio and Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Boards
CTP - KPA
Laura H. Donaldson, RVT
Behavior Medicine Service Coordinator
Behavioral Medicine Clinic
The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center
601 Vernon L. Tharp Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Direct phone: 614-292-4655
Peggy S Williams DVM
Instructor, Program Coordinator
OFFICE LOCATION: VT 201
I held an adjunct faculty position at Columbus State Community College with Veterinary Technology since Spring Quarter 1998. In August of 2014, I accepted a full time Instructor position and became the Program Coordinator, succeeding Dr. Brenda Johnson. I currently am teaching Animal Health and Disease II, Parasitology, Nutrition, Clinical Pathology, Veterinary Surgical Technology and Clinical Applications.
I previously was employed as a veterinarian at Refugee Canyon Veterinary Services, a private mixed practice in Licking County which also serves as a Clinical Experience internship site for Columbus State Veterinary Technology students. I enjoy horseback riding as an avocation, especially easy gaited horses, am married, and have a cat and and two dogs.
My community involvement is around the Licking County Humane Society, of which I am a past Board Member and Veterinary Advisor. I also work with 4-H groups in Licking County and am a member of the 4-H All Star Association and the Tri Village Christian Church.
Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine June 1978,
West Virginia University College of Agriculture - Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, December 1973
American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, Central Ohio Veterinary Medical Association -Vice President 2002 and President 2003, Columbus Academy of Veterinary Medicine, Fifth District Equine Practitioners, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Gamma Sigma Delta National Agricultural Honorary, Licensed with Ohio and West Virginia Veterinary Medical Boards
Dr. Margaret Mitchell
Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan @ Saskatoon, sk
I have worked for Columbus Community College Veterinary Technology Program since 2001. I teach in the Clinical Applications courses; instructing students in physical exam, ECG, Ultrasound, Urinary cystocentsis, urinary catheter, intubation, IV catheter, anesthetic monitoring, surgical preparation.
I also work for the Ohio State Race Commission in drug testing. I perform surgery for private clinics.
I am member of COVMA, Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, I belong to the Ohio Ornithological Society.
I travel in my free time globlally and dote on my grandchildren.
I enjoy showing cattle.