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)
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.
Let's hear your VOICE!
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!