Kathy Istace graduated as a Veterinary Technologist in Saskatoon, SK in 1996. She has been employed at the VCA Canada Mayfield Animal Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta since 1999. In June 2006, she earned her specialty designation from the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians (AVDT), becoming the first Canadian Veterinary Technician Specialist in Dentistry, and also received the Alberta Animal Health Technologist of the Year Award in 2009. She has lectured and instructed dental wet labs throughout Canada and the United States, written and edited small animal dentistry articles for various veterinary technologist publications, contributed to the textbook Small Animal Dental Procedures for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, and served on the AVDT credentials and examination committees. Her particular interests are dental radiography and exotic pet dentistry.