OAVT Membership Classes

Membership Classifications (by-law 1, article 6.3)

There shall be five classes of Members: RVT Member, Pending Member, Limited Member, Student Member and Retired Member. (For a list of what benefits each class is entitled to, click here.)

RVT Member

An RVT Membership may be granted to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has met the requirements of by-law 1, article 1.1 Admission Standards and by-law 2, article 1.3 Maintaining RVT Status. RVT Members are entitled to vote at any meeting of the Members of the Corporation, are eligible to be Directors and have access to member benefits and services, including professional liability insurance.

Members who fall into this category are members who have completed the necessary steps to obtaining their registered status:

Pending Member

Pending Members have access to member benefits and services, except professional liability insurance, and are not considered "voting members" of the OAVT. An individual may only be “pending” for a duration of two (2) consecutive membership renewal cycles. All steps to become an RVT must be completed before the end of the two consecutive renewal cycles.

 You can become a Pending Member if:

  • You have graduated from an OAVT accredited college OR you are an RVT transferring to Ontario
  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Limited Member

A Limited Membership may be granted to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has graduated from a course of study not accredited by the Directors, or who has chosen not to pursue RVT membership. Limited Members will have access to member benefits and services, except professional liability insurance, and are not eligible to be Directors, nor entitled to vote at any meeting of the Members of the Corporation.


Student Member

Student Members have access to member benefits and services, except professional liability insurance, and are not considered "voting members" of the OAVT. You can become a student member if:

  • You are currently enrolled in a Veterinary Technology course of study at an OAVT accredited school
  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or you have Canadian student visa

Retired Member

A Retired Membership may be granted to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who qualifies and registers for Retired status as outlined in Policy 5.1. Retired Member status shall be exempt from continuing education requirements. Retired Members are entitled to vote at any meeting of the Members of the Corporation, are eligible to be Directors, and have access to member benefits and services, except professional liability insurance. Note: you must be at least 65 years old and an RVT member in good standing to apply.


OAVT Membership Class Benefits

What are you entitled to under each membership class? Here is a breakdown of what you need to know.

  RVT Pending Limited Student Retired
Eligible to sit on the OAVT board of Directors      
Eligible to vote in OAVT board of Director Elections and vote at AGM      
Professional liability insurance included in membership        
Hard copy of the RVT Journal mailed to you 4 times/year  
Digital copy of the RVT Journal (4 times/year)        
Access to Member’s Only section of www.oavt.org
Access to OAVT e-news and alert emails
Access to Member Benefits and Perks (promo codes/discounted tickets)
Ability to join Focus Groups
Discounts to OAVT Conference, P&E Workshop
Member Support
Opportunity to be listed as “locum”        
Opportunity to join the Rabies Response Team        
Internationally recognized legal credentials(RVT)        

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