FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

What colleges offer Veterinary Technology programs that are accredited by the OAVT?

There are currently 11 VT college programs in Ontario that are accredited by the OAVT. Those programs are held at the following colleges:

  • Algonquin College (Ottawa)
  • Georgian College (Orillia)
  • St. Lawrence College (Kingston)
  • Seneca College (King Campus)
  • Sheridan College (Brampton)
  • St. Clair College (Windsor)
  • University of Guelph (Ridgetown)
  • Collège Boréal (Sudbury)
  • Collège Boréal (Alfred)
  • Northern College (Haileybury)
  • Thompson Rivers University (distance education)

What is Registered Status? What does being Registered mean?

  • Regulated Status is recognition by the Government of Ontario as a Regulated Profession. A Regulated Profession is a self-governing body established by provincial law to protect the public by setting standards of practice and competence. It is illegal to use the title if you are not registered with the Regulating body.

How can I become an RVT?

  • There are five steps to becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician in Ontario:
    • Graduate from an OAVT accredited college.
    • Becoming a Pending member of the OAVT.
    • Pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).
    • Participate in the OAVT’s Professionalism & Ethics Workshop.
    • Submit a clear criminal record check.

In the “steps” to becoming an RVT, does the order matter?

  • The order you do the steps does matter, in a sense, because you cannot write the VTNE before becoming a Pending member of the OAVT, and you cannot become a Pending member before you graduate from an accredited college. So those three steps need to be done in order. However, the last two steps (Professionalism & Ethics Workshop and record check) can be done in any order. For example, you may participate in the P&E Workshop while still a student (before steps 2 & 3).

How long do I have to complete the steps to become an RVT?

  • Pending members now have two membership renewal cycles to complete the required steps to become an RVT (this by-law was added in January 2015). As soon as you become a Pending member, that “two membership renewal cycle” clock begins. Keep in mind that the OAVT membership renewal cycle is June 1 to May 31. So if you became a Pending member in June 2015, you have until May 31, 2017 to complete the requirements. However if you became a pending member in December 2015, you also only have until May 31, 2017 as that is still two membership renewal cycles.

Another thing to note: if you take the Professionalism & Ethics Workshop as a student, your two year clock has not yet begun. The two year clock ONLY begins once you become a Pending member.


What is a “student membership” with the OAVT?

  • Student memberships are for veterinary technician students enrolled in a VT program. The cost is $20 plus tax, although that is subject to change in future years. As a student member you get the same access to the OAVT as an RVT member, however you do not have voting rights nor can you sit on the Board of Directors.

I’m coming from another country. How do I become an RVT in Ontario?

  • The first step to becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician in Ontario is to graduate from an OAVT accredited college program. If you are coming from another country and you have already done your schooling outside of Canada, we need to assess if your school meets our requirements. So your first step should be to have the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) assess the program you graduated from. Please read our Internationally Trained? page for more. (Please note: to become a member of the OAVT you must be a Canadian citizen or be a permanent resident. Proof of permanent residency card is required.)

I used to be a vet in another country. I was told to contact the OAVT to become a veterinary technician first while trying to become a veterinarian in Ontario. How do I apply?

  • The first thing you should know is that there is no legal definition for "veterinary technician" in Canada. You can apply for "veterinary technician" jobs without having to be Registered. In Ontario, the OAVT is responsible through the law (Bill Pr3, 1993 OAVT Act) to regulate Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs).  If you would like to be an RVT in Ontario then you must complete all of the mandatory steps. (See more information on the steps of Registration here.) As someone who is internationally trained, you will have to contact the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) to have your schooling assessed to see if it meets the OAVT’s standards. Once your schooling has been assessed, if it meets OAVT standards then you are granted access to write the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and you are eligible to become a Pending Member of the OAVT and complete all of the steps required to gain Registered Veterinary Technician status (pass the VTNE, take the Professionalism & Ethics Workshop, submit a criminal records check). If your schooling does not meet OAVT standards, then you would be required to attend and graduate from an OAVT accredited college before completing the other steps. (Please note: to become a member of the OAVT you must be a Canadian citizen or be a permanent resident. Proof of permanent residency card is required.)

Besides working a small practice what can I do as an RVT?

  • Although many RVTs are employed in private practice in a clinical setting, there are many other opportunities within the profession. While some sectors may require additional training, RVTs can find work in:
  • Ambulatory, Racetrack and Surgical Equine and Food Animal practices
  • Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Educator
  • Emergency Hospitals
  • ICU
  • Industry Sales
  • Practice Manager
  • Public Health
  • Referral Hospitals (Surgical or Specialty)
  • Research
  • Shelter Medicine
  • Spay/Neuter Clinics
  • Self-Employed Animal Expert
  • Wildlife
  • Zoos

If I become a new member of the OAVT halfway through the year, do I have to pay the full membership fee?

  • No! The OAVT membership cycle runs June 1 – May 31. If you become a new member in June (or transfer in from another province), you will pay the full membership fee. If you become a new member (or transfer in from another province) December 1st or later, your membership fee will be pro-rated and you will pay half of the fee.

If I do the Professionalism and Ethics Workshop (P&E) as a student, will it still count toward becoming an RVT?

  • Yes. If you take the P&E Workshop as a student it will still count toward your steps to becoming Registered. However it is encouraged that you wait until your final year of school to take the P&E Workshop.

Can I do the P&E Workshop online?

  • No. The P&E Workshop must be attended in person.

When is the next P&E Workshop?

  • The P&E Workshop is held several times a year – at the OAVT conference (early March) and again in October and November. For specific dates of upcoming P&E Workshops, please continue to visit the P&E Workshop page where the dates and locations are always posted.

What kind of record check do I need?

  • A criminal record check can be purchased from your local OPP, RCMP or City Police Station. You do not need the Vulnerable Sector Search. The OAVT requires the original copy to be mailed to the office.

Where do I send my record check?

  • Send the original copy of your record check to the OAVT office:

My friends have gotten their ATT email, so why haven’t I?

  • VTNE candidates have access to their AAVSB profiles/accounts, so you are able to see your VTNE status (i.e. pending or approved). You can also see in your profile if and when your ATT email was sent. If your profile says your email was sent, then you should check your junk mail in case it ended up there. If you still can’t track down your ATT email, you should contact the AAVSB. (aavsb@aavsb.org

How do I apply for the VTNE?


Do I have to be a member to write the VTNE?

  • Yes, you are required to be a Pending member of the OAVT to be eligible to write the exam.

Is a student membership good enough to write the VTNE?

  • No. A Student membership only applies to students still enrolled in an OAVT accredited program. To write the VTNE you must have already graduated from an OAVT accredited program, as well as be a Pending member of the OAVT.

What study guides do you recommend before I take the VTNE?


Does the OAVT offer exam prep?

  • No. The OAVT does not offer exam prep. Again, you can check out the sample questions and practice exams on the AAVSB website. Some individual colleges provide students with exam prep or help to find study groups, so be sure to check in with your school to see if anything is available.

I’ve failed the VTNE. How can I better prepare for my next attempt?

  • If you receive a “FAIL” letter from the VTNE, then this letter will list the marks you received in each section of the exam. As you study, try focussing on the areas that you did not pass or that you were weakest in. You can also try contacting your teachers or study groups with your peers to give yourself extra prep

Why can I only attempt the VTNE three times when the AAVSB says five attempts are allowed?

  • Years ago, when the OAVT first outlined the requirements to become a Registered Veterinary Technician, the VTNE was owned by the Professional Examination Service (PES). PES recommended a maximum of three attempts, so that was written into OAVT by-laws. When the AAVSB took over the VTNE, they changed the maximum attempts to five --- however the OAVT kept their requirements and by-laws the same.

The exam registration deadline is coming and I haven’t heard about my registration. What am I missing?

  • Here are some things that you could be missing to consider:
    • Are you a Pending member of the OAVT?
    • Have you officially graduated and completed ALL requirements to graduate (contact your school if you’re not sure)?
    • If you require special accommodations, have you submitted your special accommodation letter outlining what accommodations have been granted to you during your schooling?
    • Have you had any correspondence from the OAVT? (check your junk mail)

If you still cannot figure out why you haven’t heard anything about your registration, contact oavt@oavt.org.


Where can I take the VTNE?

  • There are several locations in Ontario, however the AAVSB is constantly updating and changing these locations. It is best to refer to the AAVSB website to see what locations are available. Visit the AAVSB website, to learn more.

If there is a closer location in another province or state, you are able to choose the closer location. If you plan on becoming Registered in Ontario you must choose Ontario as your association/regulatory body.


Do I need a record check to write the VTNE?

  • No. A criminal record check is not required to write the VTNE; it is required to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. So you will need to get a record check at some point before becoming Registered, however it can wait until after your VTNE. To write the VTNE you must be: 1. A graduate from an OAVT accredited VT program; 2. A Pending member of the OAVT in good standing.

Do I need to take the P&E Workshop to write the VTNE?

  • No. Participating in a Professionalism & Ethics Workshop is required to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. So you will need attend the Workshop at some point before becoming Registered, however it can wait until after your VTNE. To write the VTNE you must be: 1. A graduate from an OAVT accredited VT program; 2. A Pending member of the OAVT in good standing.

How can I cancel or transfer my exam date?

  • Beginning with the July/August 2016 exam window, the AAVSB no longer allows candidates to transfer their exam to another window. To cancel your exam completely and get a partial refund, you need to cancel by the refund deadline. Please visit the AAVSB website to check on their deadlines.

I’m an RVT. Can I work in the United States?

  • Aside from Visa arrangements by the individual and the employer, a Letter in Good Standing can be issued by the OAVT and mailed to the state of your choosing. The VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) is transferable; however, each state may have a separate State Board Exam. For example, Michigan requires both the VTNE and a State Board Exam (http://www.mavt.us/). In addition, you may need to submit course descriptions from your college, to fulfill their requirement of AVMA approval.

How do I transfer to the OAVT from another Canadian province?

  • Transferring to the OAVT from another Canadian province is fairly simple. First, you must apply for a Pending Membership online (click here to apply). You will need to provide a letter of good standing from your province's regulatory body/association. You will also need to complete all steps a Pending Member is required to complete, including attending the Professionalism & Ethics Workshop and submitting a clear criminal record check.

How do I transfer my RVT status to another Canadian province?

  • Transferring within Canada is somewhat easier than transferring to the United States. A Letter in Good Standing can be provided by the OAVT to the organization in whichever province you are moving to. A membership fee may need to be paid to the organization you are transferring to. In addition, continuing education (CE) credits may differ from province to province. Check the provincial requirements of the organization you are transferring to.

How many CE credits do I need?

  • All RVTs must obtain 20 CE credits every 24 months period.

 I didn’t acquire enough CE credits. Will I lose my RVT status? How do I fix this?

  • If you did not acquire enough CE credits during your collection period, you run the risk of having your Registered status suspended (or even revoked if you do not have the issue addressed within 12 months of being suspended). The OAVT has implemented a CE Remediation Policy which outlines what an RVT must do to get back into good standing. The CE Remediation Policy can be found here. For more information contact the OAVT's CE Manager Laurie@oavt.org.

 My RVT status has been suspended. How do I fix this?

  • The answer to this depends on what you have been suspended for. If your RVT status has been suspended because you have not paid your membership dues (you have 60 days from June 1 to pay your dues), then you must pay all of your outstanding fees. Chances are you also have a late fee on top of your regular membership dues. Once you pay your outstanding membership fees, the suspension will be lifted and you will be in good standing. However if you allow your suspension to go on for one year, you run the risk of having your RVT status revoked. OAVT by-laws indicate that an RVT will be revoked if suspension has not been lifted one year after the day of suspension.

If your RVT status has been suspended because your CE has not been satisfied (you must submit proof of completion of your credits no later than 60 days following the end of each two-year collection period), then you must follow the OAVT's CE Remediation Policy. This includes making up your missing CE, plus taking the CE Remediation Course online. Once you have completed the remediation process, your suspension will be lifted. The remediation process must be completed within one year of your suspension or your RVT status will be revoked.


 My RVT status has been revoked. How do I fix this?

  • First, you should start by contacting the OAVT so that we can discuss your particular situation.

If you have been revoked for not paying your membership dues or failing to submit CE, you must refer to by-law 1.4 Reinstatement of RVT Status. The by-law states that you must re-apply to become a member of the OAVT once again and within 12 months of applying you must submit a criminal records check, attend a Professionalism & Ethics Workshop, and pass the VTNE (as prescribed by the Directors). Essentially, you must re-do the steps you originally took to become an RVT.

If you have been revoked due to the disciplinary process, an appeal would need to be made to the OAVT Registration Appeals Committee. (See by-law 1.6.2)


 I work with a veterinarian who is asking me to do things that are beyond my scope of practice. What should I do?

  • First you should talk to the veterinarian about the scope of practice of an RVT. Use the OAVT By-laws as well as the CVO Practice Guidelines and Policy statements to provide the facts. You should also feel free to contact the OAVT for advice and guidance around particular matters.

 I want to lodge a complaint against the veterinarian I work for. Is it worth my time?

  • Complaints are very important as a way of improving situations where the expectations of professional conduct is not being adhered to. The professional complaints process exists in every regulated profession to protect the interests of the public.

However being in an employee/employer situation is particularly challenging due to the dynamic of the relationship. Perhaps a first step might be to start with a conversation with the veterinarian or the employer to express the concerns that exist. It might be possible to help improve the situation depending upon the severity of what is taking place.

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario oversees complaints against veterinarians, and they take complaints very seriously. If it is criminal misconduct you are witnessing, you should be reporting it to the police.


 I want to lodge a complaint against the veterinarian I work for. Will it hurt my reputation?

  • There is no way to predict how others will interpret a complaint being lodged. But remember: the professional complaints process exists in every regulated profession to protect the interests of the public.

Every situation is unique due to the circumstances and individuals involved. There will likely be tension when an individual learns a complaint has been lodged. If the complaint is legitimate and with good reason, then this is an important message to share with anyone who questions your motives or your character.


 There is a formal professional complaint against me. How do I access the insurance and seek legal advice?

  • If you find yourself in this situation, please contact BMS Group at: 1-855-318-6558 or oavt.insurance@bmsgroup.com. You can also read this information from BMS. More information is available in the PLI workspace in your OAVT account. Log in to your account and click on "workspaces" to learn more.

 What are the benefits of becoming an RVT?

  • Leadership - RVTs are the gold standard of animal healthcare.
  • Employability - The animal health industry in Ontario continues to insist on hiring RVTs. In other related professions (government, municipal etc.) having the RVT credential will set you apart from other applicants.
  • Higher Wages - On average, RVTs make 21% more than those who are un-credentialed.
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Right to Title

 What are the Controlled Acts?

  • The OAVT accepts current practice which prohibits veterinary technicians from performing the following activities:
    • surgery;
    • diagnosis and prognosis;
    • prescribing drugs, medication or appliances;
    • initiation of treatment without prior instruction by a veterinarian except in an emergency situation as outlined in the Veterinarians Act or regulations.

 What is the difference between immediate, direct and indirect supervision?

  • Immediate Supervision is when the DVM is within sight or hearing of the RVT or auxiliary. Direct Supervision is when the DVM is on the same premises as the RVT or auxiliary, but not necessarily within sight or hearing. Indirect Supervision is when the DVM will communicate with the RVT or auxiliaries in such a way and using appropriate means so as to provide proper assessment of animal(s) and direction to RVTs and auxiliaries; further, the member must be accessible in a timely and appropriate manner while the delegated task is being performed.

 As an RVT am I able to administer a rabies vaccine?

  • When it comes to an unaccredited facility, only veterinarians can perform rabies vaccinations. When it comes to an accredited facility, RVTs can perform rabies vaccinations under immediate or direct supervision from a veterinarian. Indirect supervision is not possible because patient assessment is required, and that is done by a veterinarian.

 What do I do in a case of workplace harassment?

  • Start documenting the instances (dates, times, names) of harassment. (Harassment can take many forms: verbal, physical or sexual.) If the harassment is serious, charges may have to be made. The Ministry of Labour has a link with more information for you.

 What are the risks for expecting mothers while working at a veterinary practice?


 If I am a locum RVT, am I responsible for my dosimeter badge?

  •  Yes, you are responsible for carrying your own dosimeter badge. Contact the National Dosimetry Service for more information. 

 What does my Professional Liability Insurance cover me for?

  • Professional Liability insurance covers you for services you provide, or fail to provide, that fall within your scope of practice as an RVT. More information is available in the PLI workspace in your OAVT account. Log in to your account and click on "workspaces" to learn more.


 If I become a locum RVT or start my own business, what are the legalities that apply to me outside of a clinical setting?

  • As a locum RVT, you must uphold all specifications as stated in the Veterinarians Act as an auxiliary. Your professional liability insurance through the OAVT covers you legally while practicing as a locum. However, as a small business you should investigate what is required of you in the province of Ontario.

 Besides working a small practice, what can I do as an RVT?

  • Although many RVTs are employed in private practice in a clinical setting, there are many other opportunities in the profession. While some sectors may require additional training, RVTs can find work in:
    1. Ambulatory, Racetrack and Surgical Equine and Food Animal practices
    2. Diagnostic Laboratories
    3. Educator
    4. Emergency Hospitals
    5. ICU
    6. Industry Sales
    7. Practice Manager
    8. Public Health
    9. Referral Hospitals (Surgical or Specialty)
    10. Research
    11. Shelter Medicine
    12. Spay/Neuter Clinics
    13. Self-Employed Animal Expert
    14. Wildlife
    15. Zoos

 If I am on parental leave or sick leave, do I still have to pay my membership dues?

  • Yes, you still have to pay your membership dues, however you can apply for a reduced rate. Complete the online Reduced Dues Application Form by logging into your OAVT member account. The form can be located by selecting "Forms" from the menu bar. Be sure to include a letter from your employer or doctor. Please note: to qualify for reduced dues you must be OFF work as of July 31st of that renewal cycle, and you must submit the online application form (plus supporting document) by July 31st as well.

 What should I do if someone is claiming to be an RVT but I know they are not?

  • If someone is claiming to be a Registered Veterinary Technician but their name is not on the RVT Registry, either he/she has never become an RVT, or perhaps they have not paid their dues or submitted their CE and thus their RVT status has been suspended or revoked. It is important to protect the RVT credentials. If someone is claiming to be an RVT but you cannot find their name on our registry, please inform rory@oavt.org.

I dropped my Registered status. How do I get it back?

  • To get your Registered status back, you must refer to by-law 1.4 Reinstatement of RVT Status. The by-law states that you must re-apply to become a member of the OAVT once again and within 12 months of applying you must submit a criminal records check, attend a Professionalism & Ethics Workshop, and pass the VTNE (as prescribed by the Directors). Essentially, you must re-do the steps you originally took to become an RVT.

 How do I become a locum?

  • All RVTs are eligible to become a locum. All you need to do is fill out your locum information online in your OAVT account. You control what you want to display to employers - and you control whether or not you want your locum profile to be active. Please follow this how-to guide to set up your profile on the locum registry.

 

What is the role of a regulatory body, such as the OAVT?

  • Regulatory bodies, like the OAVT, have many roles including:
    • Setting entry and training requirements
    • Setting standards of practice
    • Assessing qualifications and credentials
    • Registering qualified members
    • Administering the complaints and discipline process

Is self-regulating the same as unionizing?

  • No. Unionizing can be defined as “Collective Bargaining.” Unlike unionizing, regulated status does not involve employment relations and therefore means that wages, benefits and working conditions would still be negotiated between RVTs and their employers. The OAVT is self-regulated.

How do I know how much CE I will get for an activity? What qualifies as CE?

  • There are so many CE options (conferences, online quizzes and webinars, lunch and learns, volunteering), and the amount of CE depends on several things. The best thing you an do is refer to the OAVT CE policy to see how many credits your activity may be worth.

Is there a video to show me how to submit my CE?


How do I submit my CE?

  1.  Login to your OAVT Membership Portal.
  2. Click "CE" from the top menu bar.
  3. Select "CE Activities".
  4. Click on the green "Add New Activity" button.
  5. From this page, you can search continuing education items that have already been approved and assigned credits. To add an activity to your record, click the green "Select" button.
  6. If your continuing education item is not listed, choose the "unlisted host" option.

When is my CE due?

  • Your CE is due within 60 days of your Collection Period End Date. Your Collection Period End Date can be found in your OAVT membership portal in your CE record. Log in to your OAVT account, go to "CE" on the top menu and click on "CE activities." This takes you to your CE record, and your collection period can be found on the top of your chart.

I didn’t acquire enough CE credits, will I lose my RVT status? How do I fix this?

  • If you did not acquire enough CE credits during your collection period, you run the risk of having your Registered status suspended (or even revoked if you do not have the issue addressed within 12 months of being suspended). The OAVT has implemented a CE Remediation Policy which outlines what an RVT must do to get back into good standing. The CE Remediation Policy can be found here. For more information contact the OAVT's CE Manager Laurie@oavt.org.

Does CE count before I graduate?

  • No. CE only counts once you have become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Once you become an RVT, your CE Collection Period will begin the first day of the following month. (Example: if you become an RVT on September 14th, your CE Collection Period begins October 1st.) CE Collection Periods are two years long, and you must obtain 20 CE credits during those two years.

I’m coming from another country. How do I become an RVT in Ontario?

  • The first step to becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician in Ontario is to graduate from an OAVT accredited college program. If you are coming from another country and you have already done your schooling outside of Canada, we need to assess if your school meets our requirements. So your first step should be to have the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) assess the program you graduated from. Please read our Internationally Trained? page for more. (Please note: to become a member of the OAVT you must be a Canadian citizen or be a permanent resident. Proof of permanent residency card is required.)

I used to be a vet in another country. I was told to contact the OAVT to become a veterinary technician first while trying to become a veterinarian in Ontario. How do I apply?

  • The first thing you should know is that there is no legal definition for "veterinary technician" in Canada. You can apply for "veterinary technician" jobs without having to be Registered. In Ontario, the OAVT is responsible through the law (Bill Pr3, 1993 OAVT Act) to regulate Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs).  If you would like to be an RVT in Ontario then you must complete all of the mandatory steps. (See more information on the steps of Registration here.) As someone who is internationally trained, you will have to contact the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) to have your schooling assessed to see if it meets the OAVT’s standards. Once your schooling has been assessed, if it meets OAVT standards then you are granted access to write the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and you are eligible to become a Pending Member of the OAVT and complete all of the steps required to gain Registered Veterinary Technician status (pass the VTNE, take the Professionalism & Ethics Workshop, submit a criminal records check). If your schooling does not meet OAVT standards, then you would be required to attend and graduate from an OAVT accredited college before completing the other steps. (Please note: to become a member of the OAVT you must be a Canadian citizen or be a permanent resident. Proof of permanent residency card is required.)

I’ve had a bad experience at the vet recently. Who do I lodge a complaint with?

  • This question depends on who you had a bad experience with. If your bad experience was with a Registered Veterinary Technician, then you should lodge a complaint with the OAVT Registrar. (See Filing a Complaint.) *link to that page

If your bad experience was with a veterinarian or any other employee at the clinic (anyone other than an RVT) then you file your complaint with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO). See the CVO website for their complaints process.


What should I do if someone is claiming to be an RVT but I know they are not?

  • If someone is claiming to be a Registered Veterinary Technician but their name is not on the RVT Registry, either he/she has never become an RVT, or perhaps they have not paid their dues or submitted their CE and thus their RVT status has been suspended or revoked. It is important to protect the RVT credentials. If someone is claiming to be an RVT but you cannot find their name on our registry, please inform rory@oavt.org

I won’t be able to pay my dues on time. What are my options?

  • OAVT by-laws allow you to take up to 60 days from June 1st to pay your annual membership. If you know you cannot pay your dues on time, please contact the OAVT Finance Manager (Verna@oavt.org) to discuss your situation.

I forget my login information. What should I do?

 

  1. Go to the OAVT Membership Portal login page.
  2. Click the "Forgot Password?" link and enter your email address. An email will be sent to that address with a link to reset your password.
  3. If you are unsure what email address is associated with your account, please contact the OAVT office with your name, address and member number.

 


How much will my membership with the OAVT cost?

  • While OAVT annual membership fees are subject to change over time, the 2016/2017 membership fees for an RVT and Pending member was $257.64; Limited members paid $212.44; Student members paid $22.60; Retired members paid $45.20. (These prices are after tax.)

If I am on parental leave or sick leave, do I still have to pay my membership dues?

  • Yes, you still have to pay your membership dues, however you can apply for a reduced rate. Complete the online Reduced Dues Application Form by logging into your OAVT member account. The form can be located by selecting "Forms" from the menu bar. Be sure to include a letter from your employer or doctor. Please note: to qualify for reduced dues you must be OFF work as of July 31st of that renewal cycle, and you must submit the online application form (plus supporting document) by July 31st as well. For sick leave, you must be off work for six months as of July 31st of that renewal cycle.

If I am on parental leave or sick leave, do I still have to collect CE?

  • Yes. You are still obligated to obtain 20 CE credits during your CE Collection Period. If you are experiencing special circumstances and cannot obtain CE, you should contact the OAVT to discuss your situation. (oavt@oavt.org)



How can I find my member number?

  • Your member number can be found by logging in to your OAVT account. Go to "my account" on the top menu and select "membership." You will see your membership listed there with several details - including your membership number.

I just got married and changed my last name. How can I change my last name in my profile?

        
  • To change your last name, please notify the office of your name change. Email oavt@oavt.org with your new name, maiden name, and OAVT member number. Please also provide proof of your name change. For example, a scanned copy of your drivers license (showing your new last name) and your marriage certificate (showing your maiden name).

How can I update my mailing address or other contact information?

  1. Login to your OAVT Membership Portal.
  2. Click on the "My Account" tab from the menu bar.
  3. Select "My Profile" from the drop down list.
  4. On the "Personal Info" tab, you can modify your address and other contact information.

What should I do if someone is claiming to be an RVT but I know they are not?

  • If someone is claiming to be a Registered Veterinary Technician but their name is not on the RVT Registry, either he/she has never become an RVT, or perhaps they have not paid their dues or submitted their CE and thus their RVT status has been suspended or revoked. It is important to protect the RVT credentials. If someone is claiming to be an RVT but you cannot find their name on our registry, please inform rory@oavt.org

How can I become more involved with the OAVT?

  • There are many ways you can get involved with your Association and help promote the RVT profession! Here are some ideas for you:
    • Volunteer on a Committee
    • Volunteer in the OAVT booth at a tradeshow
    • Volunteer at the OAVT Conference
    • Present a Be A Tree program to children
    • Organize a town Proclamation for National Vet Tech Week (NVTW)
    • Organize a NVTW event
    • Participate in OAVT Focus Groups
    • Become an RVT Journal article reviewer
    • Write content for The RVT Journal
    • Be a Speaker at the OAVT conference
    • Become a Director of the OAVT Board

Email josh@oavt.org for more information on volunteering with the OAVT.


If I paid my membership fee in July, how come my membership expires next May 31st? Shouldn’t my membership last a year?

  • Regardless of when you pay your OAVT membership dues, the OAVT operates on a June 1 to May 31 membership cycle. The membership year starts on June 1 and ends May 31. If you pay your dues in July or December, your membership will still expire on May 31.

How can I post a job ad on the OAVT website?

  1. Select "Post A Job Ad" from the Jobs menu on the homepage.
  2. You will be prompted to create a login which will enable you to make changes to the ad at a later time, if required.

 


How can make changes to the job ad I posted?

  • You can make updates to your job posting by logging in to your OAVT account. Once you log in, go to "Job Bank" on your top menu and select "Post & Manage Jobs." Click on the job that you would like to edit, and be sure to save your changes to ensure that the updates make it to the website.

How do I remove the job ad I posted?

  • Removing a job post is the only thing you cannot do from within your OAVT account. Job postings automatically expire after 90 days. If you would like to remove your job posting sooner, please email oavt@oavt.org with your clinic/company name, title of the job post, and date you posted the job.

How do I pay for the job ad?

  • Payments for your job ads will be handled online or via cheque. We will have more information on this soon!

Do I need to be an RVT to be a part of the program?

  • Yes, you must be a Registered Veterinary Technician and your status must be current (CE and dues up-to-date).

Do you still need RVTs?

  • We are always looking to grow our roster of RVTs in every region. The more RVTs we have the more flexible and efficient we can be with collection requests.

What do I need to do to become an RRP RVT?

  • Completion of Sample Collection & Preparation Training
  • Completion of Dangerous Goods Shipping Training
  • Completion of Health & Safety Awareness, Accessibility and WHMIS training
  • A copy of a protective Rabies Antibody Titre needs to be submitted to the OAVT (within the last 12 months)

Do I have to collect all samples sizes?

  • No, you can choose to collect 1, 2 or all 3 sample sizes.

How far am I expected to drive?

  • We try to stay within an hour of your home base. You can also choose to cover a larger area if you wish to. Some RVTs work in a different region than they live and therefore are willing to cover a larger area.

When am I expected to collect?

  • The goal of the program is to collect the sample within one (1) business day of the request. This will vary based on hours of operation for the collection site, drop off times for Purolator and the time of year.

Do I have to buy my own tools/supplies and cost?

  • The packaging supplies (boxes, bags, ice packs) are supplied by the public health units. The tools for the collection (knife, axe, personal protective equipment, etc.) are the RVT’s responsibility.

How am I compensated for each collection?

  • You will be paid for the mileage to the collection site, to the Purolator drop off, and the return trip home. You will also be reimbursed based on collection type (small, medium, or large).

How do I get more shipping supplies?

  • When you sign a contract with the RRP you will be given contacts at the public health unit who are managing the supplies. You will contact one of them to obtain more supplies.

Will I still be able to participate in the RRP if I work full time?

  • Yes, the majority of our RVTs have full time employment and are doing collections before or after their regular shift and on their days off.

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