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Veterinary Nursing Program Staff

Program Director

Laura Pearce-Sandmann, BS, RVT


Laura Pearce-Sandmann, BS, RVT serves as the Director of Murray State College’s Veterinary Nursing Program and as an Assistant Professor in the veterinary nursing department.  She teaches multiple courses including veterinary medical terminology, anatomy of domestic animals, physiology of domestic animals, veterinary clinical pathology, nutrition & reproduction, wild, zoo & laboratory animals, and veterinary technology externship. 

Pearce-Sandmann earned a Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology and a Associate of Science in Biology from Murray State College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from East Central University.  She has been a registered veterinary technician through the Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners since 1986 and received a USDA Certificate for Equine Infectious Anemia Diagnostic Testing from the National Veterinary Services Laboratories.

Currently, Pearce-Sandmann is an active member of several state and national veterinary associations including the Oklahoma Veterinary Technician Association, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Association of Veterinary Technician Educators, Association of Zoos & Aquariums and also a volunteer member of the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps Disaster Response Team.  She previously served as the Secretary and President of the Oklahoma Veterinary Technicians Association, was recognized as the Veterinary Technician of the Year in 2000 and in 2013 the group honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her past, present and future support.  

Her hobbies and interests include traveling, snow skiing, bird watching, kayaking, boating and spending time with family.  Pearce-Sandmann and her husband Steve, a cattle rancher, have three children and 7 grandchildren.

Program Veterinarian

Erika Hanna, DVM


Dr. Hanna, DVM was born and raised in Naperville, IL. However, over the years she has lived in Tennessee, Iowa, Colorado, Mississippi and is now proud to call Oklahoma home. Although her equine background has it’s roots in English disciplines, she fell in love with lifestyle and family values that surround the western performance horses. Dr. Hanna and her husband Dane moved to SE Oklahoma in 2012 and decided to open Hanna Equine Services LLC in June, 2013. Dr. Hanna feels very fortunate to be surrounded by so many high quality rodeo and racing quarter horses.

Dr. Hanna earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated with honors. Upon graduation she was awarded the ACVS (American College of Veterinary Surgeons) Excellence in Large Animal Surgery Award and the ACVIM (American College of Internal Medicine) Large Animal Clinical Excellence Award. She is currently a member of the American Association of Equine Practioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She contributes a lot of her success to the veterinarian’s at Littleton Equine Medical Center for cultivating and growing her skill set and teaching her the highest standard of care.

In her free time Dr. Hanna enjoys spending time with her daughter Harlow (4 year old), gardening, refinishing old furniture, camping, boating and riding. Her family owns a ferret named Mocha, border collie, Harley and Toast, the Jack Russel Chihuahua mix.


Katie Tyler, DVM

Katharine Eckrich, BS, RVT


Katharine Eckrich, BS, RVT earned her Associates in Applied Science degree in 2012 from the MSC Veterinary Technology Program and became a registered veterinary technician of Oklahoma that same year. In 2015, she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from East Central University and became a licensed veterinary technician in the state of Texas. Katharine worked with Antech Diagnostics in both the Serology and Parasitology Department for two years. As of 2017, she has been working in a multi-doctor practice with small, large, and exotic animals in Durant, Oklahoma. Katharine's hobbies include horseback riding, photography, and time with her family, including her husband Jacob and her three dogs, Freyja, Sigrun, and Odin.

Carola Morrison, RVT


Carola Morrison, RVT is a 2015 graduate of Murray State College Veterinary Program. She is originally from Denmark, but came to the States to study Veterinary Technology. Besides being a Registered Veterinary Technician, Carola also enjoys to spend time with her husband and 3 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and her horse.

Veterinary Nursing Clinical Technician

Sydney Holt, RVT

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