In 2017 Canada will undergo its most comprehensive evaluation of veterinary services to date. The CFIA will be coordinating an assessment of the quality of veterinary infrastructure across the country and how it contributes to maintaining and strengthening international trade, ensuring the health of our nation’s animals, and protecting the public from the risk of zoonotic disease.
The OIE Evaluation Team will be looking for specific information on how our animal related services and industries work. You may be contacted to help provide this information or to arrange a site visit in your region. The evaluation team will be performing on-site visits across Canada from March 13 to 31, 2017, at a wide range of locations: slaughterhouses, laboratories, animal health related offices, farms, veterinary clinics, etc.
A new exciting opportunities for RVT's! EliMedical has reached out to RVTTC with a fantastic opportunity to build the awareness, credibility and professionalism of RVTs while providing an educational component in their client communications.
RVT Tips of the Month is a feature where 2-4 tech tips submitted by RVT’s are featured at the top of EliMedical’s monthly communication to their clients. This communication is circulated by veterinary purchasing companies (MVP, AVP, VP, CDMV) to veterinary hospitals across Canada. Submissions from RVT’s across Canada will be featured on a rotational basis.
RVT's we want YOU!! How do you submit? Send your tip by email to your provincial association. Each association will submit 24 tips to EliMedical to be featured on a rotational basis with other submissions from RVT's across Canada.
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This year at our Annual General Meeting held in Niagara Falls, ON, the RVTTC welcomed their new Vice President Heather Shannon RVT. Heather is a member of the British Columbia Veterinary Technology Association and as an experienced RVT Heather brings a wealth of passion, commitment and experience to the Board of Directors of the RVTTC.
Check out the interview between RVTTC Executive Director Shannon Brownrigg RVT and Heather Shannon RVT , new RVTTC Vice President.
Are YOU ready for National Vet Tech Week 2016? Coming soon to neighborhood like you! October 16th to 22nd is National Vet Tech Week a time to celebrate your profession as a Registered Veterinary Technician and educate the communities around you of the role RVT's play in the care of their pet and many other animal healthcare roles.
If you are looking for a poster or social media banner, send an email to the RVTTC office and spread the word!
Veterinary professionals across Canada have a new option for gaining low-cost, high-quality continuing education.
The first Veterinary Education Today (VET) Conference and Medical Exposition will be held in Toronto from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2016.
The conference offers participants a chance to earn up to 12 RACE Approved continuing education (CE) credit hours through a program developed by a planning committee from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). “The conference is a fresh initiative towards CE opportunities for both veterinarians and veterinary technologists,” says conference chair Dr. Duncan Hockley, who is also the director of the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre.
Veterinary technologists, assistants, veterinarians, practice managers and students can choose from 30 different conference sessions, with advanced and general clinical seminars tailored specifically to small animal, large animal, bovine and equine professional development interests. The conference also offers an optional wet lab for veterinary technologists that focuses on practical, multi-modal anesthesia and analgesia. Additional optional pre-workshops offer participants the chance to advance their skills through seminars on veterinary wellness, social media and marketing, medical imaging and pet rehabilitation in small group settings.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with industry representatives during the industry symposia and medical exposition at the industry exhibitor area. They’ll also have the chance to network with veterinary colleagues and an extensive range of veterinary companies from across Canada. Please visit the VET conference website for more information about the program, speakers and registering online. www.VeterinaryEducationToday.ca
Farms need them. Racetracks need them. Horse shows need them. Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) with specialized skills in working with large animals are in demand.
According to industry analysts, the global animal health market is valued at $24 billion (U.S.) and is expected to enjoy a continual annual growth rate of three per cent to 2020. Despite this projected growth, there is an expected shortage of Veterinarians and RVTs with large animal health expertise.
In order to meet this need, Seneca College is introducing a new Large Animal Health and Production graduate certificate program. Launching in September, the program is the only one of its kind in Canada.
“In the past, students would have to go travel to Alberta or the United States for this type of in-depth large animal training,” said Kirsti Clarida, RVT co-ordinator of the Large Animal Health and Production program. “This graduate certificate will not only cover nutrition and health, but specific education related to reproduction and accelerated breeding programs in cows, horses and small ruminants.”
The eight-month certificate, which will be offered at Seneca’s King Campus, is open to RVTs and those with a post-secondary diploma or degree in a Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Technology program.
Jocelyn Speyer is currently enrolled in Large Animal Health and Production and says the externship field placement offering is what attracted her to the program.
“The eight-week externship will give us more than enough time to practice and hone our skills before we actually begin working,” said Speyer. “In such a competitive career field, getting a chance to have a potential employer see your skills and get to know you is a huge asset. Seneca students get the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with animals and benefit from knowledgeable faculty everyday.”
For more information on Seneca’s new Large Animal Health and Production program, visit: senecacollege.ca/largeanimalhealth