Now that 2018 is in full swing, the OAVT is looking for RVT volunteers interested in attending various events throughout the year. There are even opportunities available for you to be the leader of an event in your own community!
CE Credits are available for volunteer work. Amounts are determined on an individual basis. Contact Laurie@oavt.org to determine how many credits you might be eligible for based on your volunteer efforts. Click here for your Volunteer Log form for CE (PDF).
Registered Veterinary Technicians are a tremendous resource of skills, training, empathy, compassion and energy. If you are looking to share your talents with your community or your association, check out the list of opportunities below. Please note that the volunteer listings are updated as requests come in, with the most recent opportunities on top. Check back frequently for more opportunities. (The OAVT does not endorse any of these volunteer opportunities. We are simply making their availability known.)
Burlington Animal Shelter
The Burlington Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers who are interested in fostering orphaned baby kittens, expectant moms, or moms with babies.
*Time commitment could be as short as a few days or as long as 4 months.
- Care for animals in your home on a short term basis on behalf of the shelter.
- Provide food, water, care, socialization and medical treatments as delegated by a DVM.
Drive animals to and from medical appointments and the shelter as needed.
We provide you with the food, litter and medical care. You provide the home, time and TLC.
The Burlington Animal Shelter: 2424 Industrial Street, Burlington, ON, L7P 1A5
Veterinarians Without Borders
Veterinarians without Borders (VWB/VSF-Canada) is seeking animal health professionals for several exciting international volunteer opportunities. Available placements include field veterinarian, laboratory specialist, veterinary clinic advisor, animal production training manual development specialist, lecturer, adult education & training specialist, and curriculum development specialist (dairy and poultry). The placements will be located in Ghana, Tanzania, Laos, Uganda and Vietnam. Placement details are available at www.vetswithoutborders.ca/volunteer.
These opportunities are part of VWB/VSF-Canada's Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities project. The project is funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada. Volunteer positions are open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
Please send a resume and covering letter which indicates the position you are interested in and how you are qualified for that position to Heather Ho firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need more information please contact Volunteer Program Manager Kristen Rodrigues at email@example.com.
NATUCATE helps to connect RVTs and students with internships and volunteer projects abroad.
Our name is combined of the words "nature" and "(to) educate". We have chosen this name as we offer internships, volunteering and further education in different countries with a focus on nature and wildlife conservation.
We hope that we can offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our clients. We currently provide projects in North America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia and Oceania. Especially interesting for RVTs would be our Project in Thailand where participants support a street cat and dog shelter, or our Mustang rescue ranch in Florida.
NATUCATE does not only target school-leavers, students and graduates, our clients are of all ages and backgrounds; anyone who is looking to broaden their horizons in an unforgettable and meaningful way.
For more information on internships abroad and volunteering in nature and wildlife conservation, visit:
Be A Tree
RVTs make perfect hosts to deliver the Be a Tree program, created by Doggone Safe. Earn 1 CE credit for each Be a Tree program you deliver to children, to a maximum of 5 CE credits per year. For more details on the program, visit their website
Foster a Pet for Mississauga Animal Services
Our foster care program provides temporary care to pets that need special attention and care outside of the shelter environment. Fostering makes a pet more adoptable and gives them another chance to find a happy home.
We need foster homes for:
- Nursing or expecting mothers
- Recovering surgery patients
- Pets with behavioural issues
- Orphaned pets
To become a foster parent, please complete the application form and submit at the Animal Services shelter. Click here for more information.
The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada
Please visit their website to learn more.
Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a registered non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue orphaned and injured wildlife, rehabilitate them and then release them back to the wild. We rely upon volunteers to help us through our busy baby season beginning in April throughout the summer and into early fall.
Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
1116 Crawford Street
Rosseau, Ontario P0C 1J0
Improving connections between Public Health and the Veterinary Community. Working together to improve animal welfare, animal health, public health and community safety.
Contact the OAVT's Community Relations Manager (Laurie Williams, RVT) for more details: Laurie@oavt.org
Animal Experience International
Volunteer your skills and make a real difference in the world! RVTs have the knowledge and expertise that animal organizations need. This is an excellent opportunity to work with different species, try new procedures and learn more about husbandry, nutrition, conservation issues, while travelling to places you have always wanted to visit.
For more information visit:
Speaker Planning Committee (Conference)
The Speaker Planning Committee’s primary goal is to enhance the overall CE programming at the annual OAVT conference. The committee is responsible for the selection of educational tracks, topics and speakers. These decisions are made by reviewing past delegate feedback and assessing trends within the industry. The committee is comprised of representatives that cover the following areas: Small Animal, Large Animal, Education, VTS Specialties, Lab/Research. For information on the time commitment and general schedule for the committee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Animal Assistance Team
Do you ever want to stretch your technical knowledge, learn from new challenges, learn about animals in different cultures and experience a different part of Canada or the world? You can do all of those things on a Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT) project. CAAT is a registered charity whose Project teams consist of volunteer veterinarians, RVTs, and assistants from all across Canada. CAAT Animal Health Care Clinics provide sterilization and vaccination programs to reduce the population growth, reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats, and improve the general welfare of the resident animals. We provide these voluntary services in remote and under-served communities in Canada and internationally.
Join us in making a difference!
For more information visit:
Community Veterinary Outreach
Community Veterinary Outreach is a registered charity that provides pro bono preventive veterinary care for animals of the homeless and vulnerably-housed in 4 communities across Ontario (and growing!); Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, and Kitchener-Waterloo.
Brampton Animal Shelter
Are you looking for an opportunity to use your skills to help an animal in need? Brampton Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers with medical knowledge and training to help provide much needed care to the animals in our Foster Care program! Unlike foster programs at other animal rescues, the animals that are placed in Foster Care through Brampton Animal Shelter have high medical care needs. They can be very young animals in need of several bottle-feedings a day, animals recovering from surgery, or animals battling other medical concerns that require that special-someone with an animal-care background to ensure they make a speedy recovery. For more details, please email email@example.com. Thank you and we hope welcome you to our Foster Family soon!