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
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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