January 23, 2015 – New RVT Bus Shelter Ad

Friday, January 23, 2015

Natalie Thomas, Communications Manager

OAVT Targets Messaging at Employers and Veterinarians

Meet the face of the OAVT’s new ad campaign:

Over the last couple of years, the OAVT has had a focus on promoting Registered Veterinary Technicians and the importance of having RVTs as part of the animal healthcare team.

Now, we are going to take some time to remind workplaces and employers, including veterinarians, that RVTs can make a huge contribution to any business or practice.

This ad is an integral part of OAVT’s messaging. It encourages a team of veterinarians and RVTs collaborating together to deliver the best possible care.

You will see this ad on bus shelters across the city of Toronto beginning this week, to coincide with the OVMA Conference. The ad will remain on bus shelters through mid-spring.

Also look for the cute grey kitten in the upcoming edition of snapd magazine across the GTA. The ad will appear in the February 1st edition of snapd in Annex/Yorkville, Cabbagetown, College and Village.

Don’t forget: if you spot one of our bus shelter ads, grab a picture of it. Maybe you and some RVT friends can fill the bus shelter to take a picture. Tweet us the picture using the hashtag #teamup and help us spread the message: the best animal healthcare teams include veterinarians and Registered Veterinary Technicians working together.

*Location Update*

From Jan. 19 – Feb. 2 the ads can be found at the following transit shelters:

1. Queen’s Quay 50 m east of Yonge St, north side of street, ad facing out to the west
2. Bay Street 46 m north of Queens Quay, east side of street, ad facing to the north
3. Bay Street 50 m south of Harbour St, west side of street, ad facing south

The ads will then be scattered at 15 other sites around major animal hospitals and veterinary clinics in February, March and April.

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January 20, 2015 – RVT Ron Southwell to Leave OAVT Presidency

For immediate release from the office of the OAVT

RVT Ron Southwell to Leave OAVT Presidency

We regret to inform you that RVT Ron Southwell will be stepping down from his Board of Directors seat and the presidency as of February 28th, 2015.

“The job of president requires a commitment to meetings with stakeholders and committees above and beyond the monthly Board of Director meetings,” Ron says. “I feel that this role is too important to have someone who does not have enough free time to put in 100 percent effort and that is why I am stepping down.”

Mr. Southwell first joined the board in March of 2010, and has been serving as president since September 2013.

Working as an RVT for the last 17 years, Ron has been passionate about continually developing his skills and increasing his knowledge. This led him to specialize in referral surgical care and anesthesia for the last 11 years. While seeking new challenges and exploring learning opportunities he became interested in the human healthcare field.

“As part of my future plans,” Ron adds, “I am about halfway through a college diploma in respiratory therapy. Within the next year, the time commitments of this program and maintaining a part time job as an RVT will not let me spend enough time working on OAVT business as your president. I have faith that the strong leadership present in the current Board of Directors and the OAVT office will ensure the future success of the profession of Registered Veterinary Technicians.”

Over the last five years, Ron has contributed to the many accomplishments made by the Board. Some of the achievements he is most proud of include:

• The creation of the OAVT biosecurity externship to help new and future RVTs gain experience in the large animal field and help veterinarians with heard health issues
• An increase in public awareness of what an RVT is (including radio, TV and bus shelter ads)
• The RVT seal that is now found on veterinary clinic doors across the province
• Being part of the Board that hired Rory Demetrioff as the Registrar and Executive Director of the OAVT.
• Appearing on Animal House Calls (CP24) and speaking on Animal House (Newstalk 1010) to increase public awareness about the RVT profession
• Participating in the 2013 OAVT reception at Queens Park , with the goal of informing MPPs of the RVT profession, as well as the lack of distinction from untrained auxiliaries

Please join us in thanking Ron for all of his contributions to the OAVT. We wish him success in all of his future endeavours.

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January 16, 2015 – OAVT Flag to be Raised in Toronto

Friday, January 16, 2015

Natalie Thomas, Communications Manager

OAVT Flag to be Raised at Toronto City Hall

The OVMA Conference is Canada’s largest veterinary conference, and it is just around the corner. From January 29th through January 31st, veterinarians from all across the country will be in Toronto for the event.

To show support to our colleagues, the OAVT flag will be raised at Toronto City Hall at 8am on Thursday, January 29th. The white flag with the blue RVT seal will fly over the largest city in Canada until 11pm. OAVT has also been told by city officials that there is a good chance the flag will remain up until 11pm on Friday, January 30th.

If you will be in Toronto on January 29th (or perhaps 30th), head down to city hall and grab some pictures of the OAVT flag flying proudly.

And, if we are being honest, some selfies with the flag behind you would be pretty cool as well.

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January 15, 2015 – Cupcake Initiative for the SPCA

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Natalie Thomas, Communications Manager

Pay for Cupcakes, Save Animals’ Lives

National Cupcake Day for SPCAs & Humane Societies is just over a month away, but donations are already rolling in…and so are the cupcakes.

Monday, February 23rd is National Cupcake Day, and people across the country are signing up to do some baking and raise money for SPCAs and Humane Societies. Many RVTs are taking part in National Cupcake Day including Katie Warner, an OSPCA Agent for Wellington County.

Katie, an RVT, has registered for National Cupcake Day. Someone from the OAVT office donated to her page, so Katie stopped by on Thursday with some Red Apple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing.

For more information on how you can take part in this initiative, you can visit the National Cupcake Day website.

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