Careers as a Registered Veterinary Technician

Although many Registered Veterinary Technicians are employed in private practice in a clinical setting, there are many other opportunities for RVTs.

An RVT is able to provide services to:

  • Private veterinary practice (small, large and exotic animal)
  • Veterinary teaching hospitals
  • Emergency care
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • Educational institutions/ teaching
  • Zoo animal and wildlife care
  • Wildlife rehabilitation
  • Animal behaviourist and rehabilitation
  • Biomedical research facilities
  • Government and industrial institutions
  • Livestock health facilities
  • Animal shelters, humane societies
  • Pet health insurance
  • Clinic reception/ administration
  • Veterinary palliative and hospice care
  • Animal health care industry sales representatives (pharmaceuticals, nutrition, pet food, supplies)

RVT Specialties

As there is an ever increasing interest among RVTs for professional development beyond their basic qualifications, a veterinary specialty certification is also available. Those RVTs who wish to attain an advanced level of knowledge and skills in specific discipline areas can do so through a number of specialty learning academies or societies.

Looking to advance your career? Check out these websites for specialties to enhance your RVT title:

NAVTA
CALAS

Career Spotlight of the Month

Name: Lee Anne Adam, B.Comm, RVT

Current Job: Founder/director of ‘All Humane Kind,’ a foster-based dog rescue and animal lover blog.

Q&A with Lee Anne

OAVT: What made you decide to take a Veterinary Technician program?

Lee Anne: Both of my parents are business owners, so naturally I went to school for Business Management. I was in school when I adopted my first rescue dog, Izzy. This was my first exposure to rescued animals and I was instantly hooked on helping dogs like Izzy. I started to foster dogs for a local rescue group and became an animal rescue advocate. After graduation, I went on to work within the event coordination industry but never felt fulfilled. At the age of 24, I decided it was never too late to follow your true passion. I wanted to help more animals and I felt that becoming a RVT would be the perfect way to help them so I took the VTE program at Seneca College.

 

OAVT: What do you love about your job? What is a typical day like?

Lee Anne: I love that being a RVT has opened so many doors for me. My whole life now revolves around helping animals and I could not imagine it any other way. With All Humane Kind, I am responsible for all the rescue efforts and fundraising. I work with certain rescue groups that take in sick/abandoned animals and nurse them back to health. I arrange for transportation, place the animals in foster homes, and facilitate the adoptions. I am also continuously raising funds to help rescue efforts where they are needed. All Humane Kind allows me to have a platform to share all things animal related with my followers.

 

OAVT: Tell us more about All Humane Kind. How did it start?

Lee Anne:While I was in school at Seneca, one of our assignments was to do a presentation on the use of animals in research. My friend and I chose to do ours on the use of animals in cosmetic testing. While collecting information I came across a lot of contradictory information. Companies could claim to be cruelty-free when they were not. They’d use terms such as “unless required by law,” which can be deceiving to consumers. I decided I should share this information with my friends and family so they too could start to make conscious purchases. Shortly after, I did my first volunteer trip to Mexico where I volunteered with community outreach programs to better the lives of animals in need. After returning home, there were two dogs I could not get off my mind. I decided that since I was a RVT, I had the connections to help these animals and decided to rescue my first two dogs.

Since then, my rescue efforts have continued. Each of these dogs comes from horrific pasts. Examples include being hit with a machete, being left in a garbage can after being hit by a car, being abandoned when a family moves away… the list goes on. All Humane Kind strives to achieve awareness of rescued animals. I will continue to travel down south and volunteer at spay and neuter clinics because this is how unwanted animals can be prevented. I also feel it’s important to offer assistance to people trying to do their best for their animals without having the means to do so which is often the case in countries such as Mexico.

 

OAVT: You also spend time taking part in rescue trips in Mexico. How did these trips come about?

Lee Anne: I decided to go on my first volunteer trip while I was in school. I had fostered a dog that came from Mexico and now that I had the technician skills, I wanted to travel down to where she came from and help other dogs like her. I headed down with a friend from school to volunteer with a community outreach project, called The Snoopi Project. This project really caught my eye because it is dedicated to bettering the lives of animals. Many owned animals live their lives tied up with little/no shelter. Some have countless litters of unwanted puppies and spread diseases to one another. This Snoopi Project tries to better the lives of animals by educating the family, providing them with a dog house for shelter, giving them tick/flea meds and even getting them spayed and neutered. I think it’s important to try and prevent the problem at the source and this is an excellent way to do so. Often, families are very receptive to help the animals they just do not have the means to do so. In dire situations, they will rescue the animals.

Since then, I’ve travelled down on two other occasions. I volunteered with rescue groups that all work together to achieve the same goal to improve animal welfare. During my last trip, I volunteered at a free spay and neuter clinic. Over two days, 220 animals were sterilized, de-wormed and given tick/flea preventatives.

 

After each trip, I have escorted home animals heading to rescue groups. This is very rewarding to be able to see what life could have been like for these animals and see them go into incredible rescue groups.

 

OAVT: What advice would you give to students and new RVTs who want to try their hand working as an RVT in non-traditional settings?

Lee Anne: Anything is possible! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would I be in my situation, doing exactly what I love. I followed my heart and made this dream come true. There are many different industries RVT’s can work in and opportunities to explore. I love being a RVT because it has allowed me to create my own opportunity and help animals in need.

 


 

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