Thinking of joining the OAVT Board? Read this Q&A.

Are you considering a nomination to join the OAVT Board, but you’re a bit hesitant? Are you wondering what kind of commitment is required, or if there is any reimbursement for your travel/time?

Here are the answers to some of the most common questions asked by RVTs who are considering the OAVT Board of Directors nomination process.

#1. Question: What kind of time commitment is expected from a Director of the OAVT Board?

Answer: The OAVT Board of Directors meets monthly. The meetings are held in the OAVT office in Guelph. Each meeting starts at 9am and typically concludes by 4pm. Meetings are generally held on a Saturday.

#2. Question: Will my travel expenses to the Board meetings come out of my own pocket?

Answer: Expenses to travel to the meetings are paid for by the OAVT.

#3. Question: Are there any other financial incentives to becoming an OAVT Board Director?

Answer: Directors on the Board do not pay annual OAVT dues and do not pay to attend the OAVT conference. All expenses related to attending the OAVT conference are also paid for. Directors do support the conference by acting as session moderators, offering time in the OAVT both, and attending the welcome reception and awards banquet.

#4. Question: What other benefits come with joining the OAVT Board?

Answer: Being on the OAVT Board comes with the pride, leadership, and responsibility of guiding the profession and organization forward.

There are a lot of skill building opportunities. You will learn about all aspects of oversight and decision making of an organization. This will include setting priorities and overseeing that they are met, creating budgets, monitoring financial performance, and learning how to assess critical information to make important decisions. Also, there is a lot of networking opportunities to meet with others in the veterinary community. The opportunity to learn about or enhance your existing skills in this area will contribute to leadership skill building that is universally beneficial wherever your career path takes you.

#5. Question: Are the Board meetings for the upcoming year already available so I can see if they work with my schedule?

Answer: Yes! The Board would love for the new Director to be at the July 11th meeting. The OAVT Board meeting dates are always available in the members section of the OAVT website. They are as follows:

-July 11, 2015

-August 8, 2015

-September 12, 2015

-October 10, 2015

-November 14, 2015

-December 12, 2015

-January 9, 2016

-February 13, 2016

-March 3, 2016 (at OAVT Conference)

Still interested? We hope so! Nomination forms are due May 31, 2015 and can be found here:

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Impact the RVT profession in Ontario: Join the OAVT Board of Directors


With elected OAVT Director Darci Burtch stepping down, the current OAVT Board members have decided to hold an election to fill the vacant spot.

While OAVT by-laws state the Board can appoint someone to the position from among the qualified voting members, the OAVT Board made the decision to hold an election to be as democratic as possible. An election allows all membership to be consulted, and ensures that all voices are heard.

Nominations to fill this Director seat are now open until Sunday, May 31st, 2015.

Are you (yes, you can nominate yourself!) or is someone you know a Registered Veterinary Technician who:

-has leadership qualities

-is passionate about their profession and wants to contribute to a growing organization

-enjoys challenges

-is open-minded to new ideas

Fill out this nomination form:

Please submit by Sunday, May 31, 2015 via email to or fax to the OAVT offices 519-836-3638.

Get involved and help make the changes you want to see happen to the RVT profession in Ontario!

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April 24, 2015 – Remembering Suzanne Crew

Suzanne Kathleen Crew-Brennan
November 8, 1973 – April 22, 2015

It is with deep sadness that we announce that our fellow RVT, Suzanne Crew, has passed peacefully away after a courageous battle with cancer.

This is a loss for so many of us who loved Suzanne for her kindness, sense of humour and for the veterinary field to which she dedicated her career as an RVT.

Suzanne was a technician for over 10 years focused in the area of Ophthalmology, Emergency, Internal Medicine as well as Oncology services. Suzanne’s professional development expanded as she achieved the credential of Veterinary Technician Specialty in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2014. Her expertise had no doubt benefited countless animals and their owners who were touched by her gentle heart.

Her legacy will continue to live on in the memories of the many people she inspired during her career. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

Suzanne’s family kept a Facebook page documenting her journey after being diagnosed with cancer, which can be viewed at:

Or simply search for “Suzanne Crew’s Fan Club”.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

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April 10, 2015 – Join our Focus Group Conversations!!

Focus Group Teleconference Dates Have Been Set!

OAVT Focus Group dates have been set! Please RSVP to if you would like to participate in the conversation. She will send you an agenda and call-in instructions once you RSVP.

Equine and Food Animal – Tuesday, April 21 at 7pm
Shelter – Thursday, April 23 at 7pm
Lab Animal/Research – Thursday, April 30 at 7pm

Unfortunately there was not enough response to run the other focus groups.

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April 3, 2015 – Renew Online Early for your Chance to Win!

Early Online Renewals – Renew Early for Your Chance to Win!

ARTICLE UPDATE: A step-by-step guide to renewing online.

1. Login to your membership profile:
2. Scroll down your profile to OAVT Membership Info and you will see a blue button that says “Secure Online Renewal”. Click that button.
3. You will be taken to a page that shows you how much your membership dues are, based on your membership class. Click the “Pay Now” button.
4. You are then taken to a secure Moneris payment page. Fill out your credit card information and click “Process Transaction”.
5. Your payment will process and you will receive a message that your payment has been received!


In mid April, online membership renewals will be opened to allow members to pay their 2015-2016 dues early. All members who decide to renew early (ONLINE RENEWALS ONLY) will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 4 RVT graphic license plates.
Draw details:
-applies to online renewals only
-renewal must be completed by May 31st, 2015 at 11:59pm EDT to qualify
-a random draw will be held once early registration closes, and the four winning members will be contacted by email.
An announcement will be made once the online renewal process has opened up. Good luck!
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April 3, 2015 – Emergency Preparedness Week: Join the list, learn and win!

Emergency Preparedness Week: May 3-May 9, 2015

Emergency Preparedness Week is the first full week of May, and this year the OAVT has teamed up with Aon and The Personal to bring you important information on how you can prepare yourselves, your clinics and the animals in your care for an emergency.

Aon and The Personal have put together 5 gift packs valued at over $200 each. Want your chance to win one of the prize packs? All you have to do is join the special email list to receive daily emergency preparedness articles during the week of May 3rd. Each article will end with a question. If you answer the question correctly, your name will be entered into the draw. The more articles you read (and the more questions you answer correctly) the more times your name will be put into the draw. The following week five names will be randomly selected by the OAVT (you can only win once), and prize packs will be mailed out.

Interested in joining our Emergency Preparedness Week email list? Spread the message to your colleagues (open to all OAVT members, as well as anyone working in the animal healthcare industry)! Just email and you will be put on the list.

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April 1, 2015 – Annual Six Nations Pet Wellness Day (May 23rd)

Information on the Annual Six Nations Pet Wellness Day:

In partnership with Six Nations Animal Control, Grand River Veterinary Hospital participates in the largest Pet Wellness Clinic in Ontario. During the day, pets will receive an exam and consultation from a veterinarian, vaccinations, heartworm test, microchip and appropriate medications if the pet is ill.

Last year almost 600 pets participated in this one day event. This year we hope to help more than 600 pets. The success of an event such as this relies heavily on its volunteers and donations. Last year we had 17 veterinarians and 100 auxiliary volunteers. As you can imagine the day is very busy and requires a tremendous amount of organization.

This year the Wellness Clinic will take place on May 23rd at Chiefswood Park on Six Nations Reserve. The Clinic usually takes all day and the morning is usually the busiest. However, even if you can only help out for a few hours it will make a big difference.

There is no doubt about it after a day at the clinic you will feel tired, but what a great feeling you will have when you realize how many people and pets you have helped. You will meet many great people. Last year our volunteer list included people from many surrounding communities, local veterinarians, industry veterinarians and students and vets from the Ontario Veterinary College.

If you are interested in volunteering please email me. If you know anyone that might enjoy spending the day with us let me know. Medical knowledge is not required. An orientation package is provided and there is a brief orientation the morning of May 23rd.
Questions can be answered by me or staff of the Grand River Vet Hospital.

Thank you for considering being a part of this great event.

Dr. Tammy Hornak

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February 5, 2015 – RVTs needed at Toronto Pan Am Games

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Natalie Thomas, Communications Manager

RVTs needed for Equine Events at Toronto Pan Am Games!

We are reaching out to all RVTs who have interest and experience in the equine field.

Toronto, as you know, is hosting the 2015 Pan Am Games from July 10th – 26th, and equine events are a huge part of the games.

On any given day, two RVTs will be needed during the day and another RVT will be needed at night. Even more RVTs will be needed on July 18th for the cross country event.

Your role will be an important one: to support teams and individuals from across the world who are competing. This is not only an opportunity to gain incredible experience, but it is also an opportunity to show the world the level of animal healthcare that Canada can offer.

This is a volunteer position, and CE will of course be given for the hours you spend helping out (including the “emergency preparedness” training sessions you may be required to attend).

If you are interested in helping out, please email Dr. Mike Pownall with a brief summary of your experience as an RVT working with horses.

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January 30, 2015 – RVTs Needed in Government Pilot Project

Friday, January 30, 2015

Natalie Thomas, Communications Manager

Big Opportunity for RVTs in Northern Ontario Pilot Project

The importance of RVTs continues to grow within the interest of public health, and this latest call for help is proof of that.

The OAVT has been approached by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (the ministry) and the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) with some exciting opportunities for RVTs, and this important email is intended to gauge your interest in getting involved with a ground-breaking project.

In Northern Ontario’s remote and First Nations communities, semi-feral and free-roaming dogs pose a significant risk to the health and safety of community members. WAHA and the ministry have just launched a two-year Dog Population Control and Zoonotic Disease Prevention Pilot Project, with the primary focus being the development of sustainable dog population control, as well as a dog vaccination program.

The six communities this pilot project will focus on are the fly-in First Nations communities of Moose Factory (Moose Cree First Nation and MoCreebec Council of the Cree Nation), Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Attawapiskat and Peawanuk (along the James Bay and Hudson Bay coastline) as well as the Town of Moosonee.

The WAHA Dog Population Control and Zoonotic Disease Prevention Pilot Project has a very detailed action plan that, for the first two years, includes the use of non-surgical contraceptive implants in female dogs, and development of local community capacity to vaccinate their own dogs year-round. “Local capacity” ultimately means teaching members of each community how to facilitate these tasks on their own – while encouraging these individuals to enroll in a veterinary technology program as a step towards becoming a local RVT!

So how does this include RVTs?

We are hoping to collaborate with WAHA and the ministry to assemble six teams of RVTs (one team for each community) to work hands on with that community as animal health mentors. Options being explored include participating directly on trips to the communities, as well as working with the project leadership team to organize and deliver training workshops for community members, and provide web-based support on an ongoing basis. The workshops will allow locals to obtain a baseline of knowledge to administer rabies vaccinations, deworm community dogs on a regular basis, provide basic wound care and understand basic animal behaviour. WAHA and the ministry hope to have the first teams begin working with communities participating in the project as early as May or June.

This is a part of our province without access to veterinary care. RVTs have the opportunity to not only help the animals of these comm unities but ultimately help the communities to develop local capacity to be able to deal with basic animal health issues, improving overall community health and safety.

If you have any interest in being involved in this pilot project, please send an email to Natalie Thomas, OAVT Communications Manager. (

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January 26, 2015 – UPDATE: Board of Directors Election to Continue

Monday, January 26, 2015

Natalie Thomas, Communications Manager

UPDATE: Board of Directors Election to Continue

Last week when the OAVT announced that Ron Southwell would be stepping down from his presidency and Board of Directors seat, we also announced that there would be no election this year. Six RVTs were nominated by the OAVT membership to run in the election, and with Ron’s departure, there are now six director seats to be filled with six nominations.

We have since been advised by our AGM parliamentarian that OAVT by-laws indicate we cannot just “acclaim” these nominees to the seats without still proceeding to have the OAVT membership confirm the new directors through a vote. Therefore, in order to fulfill our by-laws, we will proceed with the Board of Directors election scheduled to begin on Sunday, February 1st at 9am.

There are several important details for you to know about this upcoming election:

  • The election will run from Sunday, February 1st at 9am until Saturday, February 14th at 5pm
  • Information on each of the six nominees can now be found on our website once you log on to your profile (in the Forms & Docs. section)
  • Voting will only be done electronically this year, and your electronic ballot will be emailed directly to you

Just to follow-up on the electronic voting, this has been the vision of the OAVT for several years. Voting for the Board of Directors has evolved over time as a way to increase democratic engagement within our membership. In the past, voting was only held at the Annual General Assembly (AGM). Several years ago, OAVT introduced advanced polling which allowed members to vote even if they could not attend the AGM. For the last three years, members could vote online or by mail.

We are completely confident in the online voting system. The majority of our membership has chosen this option for the last three years, as it is extremely convenient and completely anonymous. Electronic voting is also environmentally friendly, and cost-effective for our organization.

If you have any questions about the voting process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. And again, log on to your profile to view the six nominees for Board of Directors seats.

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