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
The RVTTC has pledged in its mission to unite, advance and strengthen the RVT profession in Canada. We are very excited and honored to have successfully reached our strategic goals to Advance the Canadian RVT profession with the inclusion of RVT representation on two very distinct associations in the animal health & welfare industry.
RVTTC is honored to have joined the World Veterinary Association (WVA) as an observer member. The WVA is an international organization of over 80 veterinary groups worldwide, promoting both animal health and welfare as well as public health within the “One World-One Health” concept. RVTTC is the first group solely dedicated to representing RVTs to be given membership in to the WVA. We feel this is a huge opportunity to help improve animal health and welfare worldwide and look forward to providing valuable input on these global issues.
In addition, RVTTC is thrilled to have been accepted as a member of the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC). The CAHC is a not for profit organization of stakeholders representing the varied partners of the Canadian farmed animal industry. The CAHC utilizes the resources of their partners sharing expertise, information and resources to develop and facilitate programs and policies (i.e. Codes of Practice, Canadian Livestock Transport Program) directly affecting the health and welfare of farmed animals in Canada.
RVTTC is honored and excited to being able to provide valuable input from the RVT perspective on national and international issues regarding animal care and welfare. We look forward to working with both of these valuable groups.
"The CVMA have been celebrating Animal Health Week for more than 30 years and this year we want to emphasize the importance of One Health. Animal health is intrinsically tied to the health of humans and that of the environment. This year we want to showcase how important it is that we all work together to protect the health of animals, people and the planet wholly and globally. During Animal Health Week, from October 2 to 8, 2016, we’re reminding animal owners that ensuring the health of their animals not only protects their animals, but ensures the health of humans and the environment as well. Every step you take to protect the animals in your care contributes to the global health of the population and the planet. Animal Health + Human Health + Planet Health = One Health."
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The 2017 Petplan Veterinary Awards are open! Last year, Canada was well represented in many categories including 2016 Winner RVT of the Year Annette Kim from Ontario! Nominate a colleague, pet parent or a team worthy of recognition.
The Petplan Veterinary Awards are an annual celebration of North America’s most praise-worthy pet health professionals. In 2017, Petplan will honor outstanding efforts in six categories:
- Practice of the Year
- Veterinarian of the Year
- Veterinary Technician of the Year
- Practice Manager of the Year
- Receptionist of the Year
- Pet Parent of the Year
Veterinary Award winners receive a pack of drool-worthy prizes — including a donation in their name to animal welfare — and the benefits of participating last long after the lights go dark after dinner!
The Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada (RVTTC) today announced a new partnership agreement with the Petplan pet insurance. The RVTTC, which encompasses six provincial veterinary technician/technologist associations and over 6,000 individual RVTs, has partnered with Petplan as a result of the company’s dedication to supporting veterinary professionals through their annual Veterinary Awards and veterinary appreciation initiatives.
"RVTs play a key role in the veterinary practice environment, from providing initial information on pet insurance to assisting clients throughout the claims process. They are vital contributors to the success of our industry and we greatly value their support," says Skubovius.
"It is a pleasure to work with a company that values the contributions of RVTs and their dedication toward their patients," said Shannon Browning, Executive Director of RVTTC. "The opportunity to collaborate with Petplan offers a way to advance the education of new RVTs, provide eligible RVTs an affordable choice for insurance benefits and arm them with high quality in-clinic resources to help provide superior care to their patients."
This partnership will provide high quality in-clinic resources to RVT’s and scholarships to students becoming future RVT’s in Canada.