On July 13th in Charlottetown PEI, the CVMA held its annual AGM and Awards luncheon and the RVTTC announced the 2017 RVT of the Year Award Winner.
This year's RVT of the Year was awarded to Elise Wickett RVT of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians.
This award is awarded to a RVT who exemplifies the definition of an outstanding individual in the Veterinary Technology profession. They must be:
- Must be a member in good standing with RVTTC.
- Must have participated as a past or present Board Member of their association or NEW be a past or present award winner of a provincial RVT award as recognized by their own member organization.
- Be involved, active or current in the veterinary technology profession.
- Have outstanding performance in their workplace.
Elise has worked both in research and clinical settings, and has spent the last five years at the Ontario Veterinary College as the Supervisor of Patient Care and Service Delivery. She has volunteered on the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians board of directors since 2012, including a term as President. Through this avenue she has participated in many legislative discussions, including the ever important and evolving conversation regarding the modernization of the Scope of Practice of Veterinary Medicine in Ontario.
This generous award is sponsored by Hills Pet Nutrition Canada. Award winners receive travel and accommodation arrangements and a CVMA Convention registration to attend the 2018 CVMA Convention each year.
Congratulations Elise! Thank you for all you do for RVTs in Ontario and Canada!!
The RVTTC is excited to announce the new 2017-2018 Executive! Returning as President is Heather Quilty RVT (center - from EVTA) and Vice President Heather Shannon RVT (right - from BCVTA) who are now joined by Nancy MacFarlane RVT (left - from OAVT) as our New Financial Officer! Nancy has been a member of the RVTTC Board of Directors for the past year and a half. Nancy is very active with her own provincial association as a Board Member of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians.
Congratulations Nancy and thank you for your commitment to the RVTTC!!
It is with great pleasure that the Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada announce the they have been awarded a Friendship Travel Grant from the Korean Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA). The KVMA is hosting the 33rd World Veterinary Congress in Incheon, Korea, August 27th – 31st, 2017.
These grants are awarded for quality poster submissions that highlight the One Health work being performed by national veterinary associations. An RVTTC team, consisting of President, Heather Quilty, AAAHT Representative Ivana Novosel and EVTA Representative Katherine Bryson, drafted and submitted a poster that presents the work being performed by the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians Rabies Response Program. The program is a government partnership program that provides the service of specimen collection and shipping to the federal Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) laboratories for rabies testing. These specimens are from cases involving potential human exposure to rabies caused by animals.
This much-needed rabies surveillance program utilizes the skills of Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) in the process of specimen collection and shipping throughout the Public Health Unit (PHU) regions across the Province of Ontario. Animal specimens tested include wildlife, livestock, companion animals and zoo animals. To date the 130 contracted RVTs have collected over 2300 samples.
As observer members of the World Veterinary Association RVTTC will be well represented by Ivana Novosel, RVT of the AAAHT and is honored to be able to attend this prestigious international congress and looks forward to proudly representing Canadian RVTs on this world stage.
by: Heather Quilty RVT, President RVTTC/TTVAC
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Aligning Ourselves with North America
Winnipeg, MB, February 8, 2017– Effective February 4, 2017, the Manitoba Animal Health Technologists Association (MAHTA) has changed its name to the Manitoba Veterinary Technologists Association (MVTA). This change was made to align with the more common term of Veterinary Technologist in use across North America, as well as to increase public awareness and recognition of Registered Veterinary Technologists in Manitoba.
Following the changes to the Veterinary Medical Act, as of October 1, 2016, all active members of the MVTA will now be known as Registered Veterinary Technologists and will use the following initials of RVT.
“The Veterinary Medical Act opened in 2015 and many amendments were made, affecting veterinary technologists. 2016 was spent putting these changes into action, one of them being our Associations name.” Cindy Sontag, MVTA President
The mission of the MVTA is to promote the professional advancement for veterinary technologists and advocate on behalf of their interests and our vision is to be the primary resource for professional support and leadership for veterinary technologists in Manitoba.
All of our contact information remains the same at this time. We are currently in the re-branding process and will notify you of any changes as they occur.
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If you have any questions, please contact Donna Taraschuk, MVTA Executive Director at 204-832-1394 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Tick Awareness Month highlights how veterinarians and pet owners
can work together to help prevent tick-borne diseases
OTTAWA, Ontario – March is National Tick Awareness Month in Canada. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) led the inaugural campaign last year, in partnership with Merck Animal Health. Now in its second year, the campaign wishes to continue to shed light on tick behaviour and risks, and the importance of tick seasonality in establishing parasite control programs for pets.
“The veterinary community may not be able stop tick expansion, but there's still a great deal we can do to help change public perceptions and behaviours when it comes to tick control,” says Dr. Troy Bourque, CVMA President. “National Tick Awareness Month is a rare opportunity for us to educate and empower pet owners, so we can work together to help prevent the spread of tick-borne diseases that can affect the health of pets and people.”
Ticks, which can transmit illnesses such as Lyme disease, can now be found in many areas throughout Canada. More cases of Lyme disease are being reported annually, contributing to growing public concern. Yet, despite an increase in public awareness, many people don't know one very important fact about ticks: they don't mind cold weather.
In most parts of Canada, tick activity begins when the snow starts to melt and, depending on the tick species, can continue well into late fall. For example, black-legged ticks that can transmit Lyme disease start looking for animals to feed on when it’s 4°C outside.
Traditionally, pet parasite prevention programs have been scheduled to begin in late spring, to coincide with the emergence of fleas, mosquitoes (that can transmit heartworm), and other seasonal parasites. However, waiting for the arrival of warm weather before initiating parasite protection leaves pets vulnerable to ticks during the crucial time between the first thaw and the start of conventional parasite control protocols.
Since the best time to start protecting pets against ticks is before exposure, March is the ideal time for National Tick Awareness Month.
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association urges pet owners to contact their veterinarian to find out more about ticks and about how they can better protect their pets.
Tick Talk: Will you be ready? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=177IXkA7iEM
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is the national and international voice for Canada’s veterinarians, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine. Visit canadianveterinarians.net to learn more about the CVMA.
Contact: Tanya Frye, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
613-236-1162 ext. 128 (office)