We use to celebrate RVT week but last year the celebrations grew to a whole month!
What is a RVT you ask?
A Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) is an educated, trained professional who assists veterinarians in providing quality patient care.
They have completed a 2 or 3 year accredited Veterinary Technology Program, passed the national exam and maintain their registration with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT).
The responsibilities of a RVT range from technical duties (nursing care, performing diagnostic laboratory tests, monitoring anesthesia and radiographs) to managerial duties (ordering, inventory, record keeping and client education)
Did you know?
- 2018 marks the second annual RVT Month across Canada. RVT Month was created as a replacement for the American “National Vet Tech Week”. One week wasn’t enough to acknowledge and celebrate RVTs as integral members of the animal healthcare team
- The title ‘RVT’ is a legal credential. RVTs work hard to earn their “R”. Every RVT in Ontario attended an OAVT accredited Veterinary Technology college program, passed the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam), completed a Professionalism and Ethics workshop and submitted a clear criminal record check to earn their credential
- There are almost 8,000 RVTs (Registered Veterinary Technicians/Technologists) across Canada!
- RVTs in Canada must pass the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) to earn their credential.
- RVTs aren’t just found in your local veterinary clinic. RVTs help to care for a variety of different animals- from your family pets, to exotic species and wildlife, to horses, cows, pigs and goats and everything in between.
- RVTs can specialize in different areas called Veterinary Technician Specialties. There are currently 16 different options!
- The RVT profession has been around for 50 years! Previously known as Animal Health Technicians (AHT), the first AHT college program began in 1967.
- In Ontario, RVTs are required to complete 20 credits of Continuing Education every two years to maintain their credential. This ensures RVTs are continually learning and growing within their field.