1. Graduate from an OAVT accredited college program.
The colleges listed have gone through the OAVT College Accreditation Process and evaluation:
- Algonquin College (Ottawa) - Algonquin Students Can Follow This Path To Become an RVT
- College Boreal (Sudbury) - Boreal Sudbury Students Can Follow This Path To Become an RVT
- Georgian College (Orillia) - Georgian Students Can Follow This Path To Become an RVT
- Northern College (Haileybury) - Northern Students Can Follow This Path To Become an RVT
- Seneca College (King City) - Seneca Students Can Follow This Path To Become an RVT
- Sheridan College (Brampton) - Sheridan Students Can Follow This Path To Become an RVT
- St. Clair College (Windsor) - St. Clair Students Can Follow This Path To Become an RVT
- St. Lawrence College (Kingston) - St. Lawrence Students Can Follow This Path To Become an RVT
- Thompson Rivers University (Correspondence) - Thompson Rivers Students Can Follow This Path To Become an RVT
- University of Guelph, Ridgetown - Ridgetown Students Can Follow This Path To Become an RVT
2. Be a Pending Member of the OAVT in good standing.
You must be a Pending member of the OAVT to write the VTNE (exam). To become a Pending member, you must be a graduate of an OAVT accredited college. (Go to www.oavt.org/apply to apply for a Pending membership.)
3. Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE)
To qualify for the VTNE you must be:
- A graduate from an OAVT accredited college
- A Pending Member in good standing of the OAVT
To register for the VTNE, go directly to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) website.
4. OAVT Professionalism & Ethics Workshop
The P&E is required for an individual to obtain their Registered status as outlined in By-Law #2 of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians. This one-day workshop provides a remarkable opportunity to engage in an interactive learning environment alongside practicing and experienced RVTs. The outcome of the seminar will be to develop an understanding of the professionalism and ethics demanded in our highly specialized profession.
The P&E Workshop is held several times a year, including at the OAVT Conference and again in June. Dates for upcoming P&E Workshops can be found on our P&E Workshop page.
5. Criminal record check
To become a Registered Veterinary Technician you must produce evidence that you have not been convicted of a criminal offence. Please contact your local police station for information regarding the criminal record check. You DO NOT need the vulnerable sector check. The original copy of your criminal records check needs to be mailed to: OAVT | 107-100 Stone Rd W | Guelph, ON | N1G 5L3. Please ensure the original copy you send is signed and stamped with the official seal by your local police station. This allows us to verify its authenticity.
Become a Member of the OAVT
Visit our Membership Classes page to apply for membership. Click here.
If you completed a veterinary technology program outside Canada, you
must obtain an assessment of your program from the International Credential
Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS). For more information on this process read our Internationally