October is RVT Month across Canada!
This October marks the second annual RVT Month. From coast to coast across Canada, Registered Veterinary Technicians and Technologists (RVTs) have become an integral part of the animal healthcare team. This year’s RVT Month theme celebrates the many roles and possibilities that exist within the RVT career and the many ‘hats’ an RVT wears every day.
One of the most incredible aspects of the RVT profession is just how extensive their knowledge and experience is. RVTs are formally educated in dozens of areas within veterinary medicine. From anaesthesia to dentistry; lab animal research to industry sales; equine to avian and exotics; nutrition to radiology; large animal to shelter medicine, RVTs work alongside veterinarians across the country to provide animals with the highest quality of healthcare.
The OAVT has teamed up with the RVTTC and the other provincial associations (BCVTA, ABVTA, SAVT, MVTA, EVTA) to promote, celebrate and recognize Registered Veterinary Technicians and Technologists throughout the month of October.
RVTs are formally educated professionals who worked hard to gain their credential and deserve recognition for all they do. That is why we started RVT Month--because one week just wasn’t enough.
Like last year, RVT Month Kits have been created. This year's kits contain posters, educational cards, RVT Month swag and more! In Ontario, RVT Month Kits are being distributed by Veterinary Purchasing. All kits are now claimed, but don't worry, you can still download our electronic kit!
Don't have a Veterinary Purchasing code? This year we are launching an electronic kit! The e-kit contains pdfs of all print materials, as well as computer backgrounds and profile and cover photos for Facebook and Twitter. Download the e-kit via DropBox here or visit the RVTTC website.
Check out the RVT Month Online Store!
We now have an online store with custom RVT Month gear! The gear features our RVT Month logo. There are t-shirts, sweaters, hats, and totes available for order--including a t-shirt that can be customized with your clinic/workplace name!
Visit the store here
Spread the word on social media!
When discussing RVT Month on social media, use the following hashtags so that the RVT provincial associations can easily share your posts and tweets:
Use the RVT Month Profile Pic and Cover Photo
Download your copy by clicking the button below the image! Or download the electronic kit for access to all the RVT Month social media covers!
Add an RVT Month Frame to your FB Profile!
Click here to try the #ProudlyRVT Frame
Click here to try the #ThankanRVT Frame
Not sure what to post? Try some of these Fast Facts about RVTs!
- 2018 marks the second annual RVT Month across Canada. RVT Month was created as a replacement for the American “National Vet Tech Week”. One week wasn’t enough to acknowledge and celebrate RVTs as integral members of the animal healthcare team
- The title ‘RVT’ is a legal credential. RVTs work hard to earn their “R”. Every RVT in Ontario attended an OAVT accredited Veterinary Technology college program, passed the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam), completed a Professionalism and Ethics workshop and submitted a clear criminal record check to earn their credential
- There are almost 8,000 RVTs (Registered Veterinary Technicians/Technologists) across Canada!
- RVTs in Canada must pass the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) to earn their credential.
- RVTs aren’t just found in your local veterinary clinic. RVTs help to care for a variety of different animals- from your family pets, to exotic species and wildlife, to horses, cows, pigs and goats and everything in between.
- RVTs can specialize in different areas called Veterinary Technician Specialities. There are currently 16 different options!
- The RVT profession has been around for 50 years! Previously known as Animal Health Technicians (AHT), the first AHT college program began in 1967.
- In Ontario, RVTs are required to complete 20 credits of Continuing Education every two years to maintain their credential. This ensures RVTs are continually learning and growing within their field.
Looking for more ways to celebrate? Check out this flyer for more ways to get involved!