Nicole LaForest has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician in Washington State for five years and carries her Registered Veterinary Technician license in California. She currently serves as the immediate past-president of the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians. She is an accomplished international speaker, researcher, and product endorser. Prior to her life on the West Coast, Nicole grew up in New York State where she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Psychology and her Associates degree in Music from two SUNY colleges. Nicole is a 2015 graduate of Penn Foster College and is an avid advocate for distance-learning, mental health awareness, and technician utilization and title protection. Nicole currently resides in the Puget Sound Area with her husband, a veterinarian and specialist, and her two Persians; Wilma and Flintstone.