Each year, October is RVT Month across Canada!
2019 marks the third annual RVT Month across Canada. For information on ordering RVT Month Kits, RVT Month gear, and other promotional ideas, see below!
From coast to coast across Canada, Registered Veterinary Technicians and Technologists (RVTs) have become an integral part of the animal healthcare team. 2019's RVT Month theme celebrates the teamwork between RVTs and Veterinarians (DVMs), and also promotes self-care within the RVT profession. In short, this year, RVT Month is about YOU.
One of the most incredible aspects of the RVT profession is just how extensive their knowledge and experience is. RVTs are formally educated in dozens of areas within veterinary medicine. From anaesthesia to dentistry; lab animal research to industry sales; equine to avian and exotics; nutrition to radiology; large animal to shelter medicine, RVTs work alongside veterinarians across the country to provide animals with the highest quality of healthcare.
The OAVT has teamed up with RVTTC and the other provincial associations (BCVTA, ABVTA, SAVT, MVTA, EVTA) to promote, celebrate and recognize Registered Veterinary Technicians and Technologists throughout the month of October each year.
RVTs are formally educated professionals who worked hard to gain their credential and deserve recognition for all they do. That is why we started RVT Month--because one week just wasn’t enough.
Looking to get more involved with RVT Month? Learn more about RVT Month Kits, gear, and more:
Order Your RVT Month Kits
Roughly 500 kits were distributed across Ontario this year through our friends at Vet Purchasing and CDMV. All Ontario kits are now SOLD OUT.
RVT Month Gear Shop
The online shop is now closed. The shop is now processing orders to be shipped in time for RVT Month.
Fun Facts About RVTs!
Click here to download the 2019 Fun Facts about RVTs sheet. See more "fun facts" further down the page to use on social media!
Ways to Celebrate!
Click here to download the 2019 Ways to Celebrate RVT Month sheet for ideas on how to celebrate and show your RVTs the recognition they deserve!
Carve Your Own Path!
For RVT Month 2019, the OAVT spoke with five Ontario RVTs who are thinking outside the box, breaking the traditional mold of what an RVT can do, and carving their own paths. Check out CarveYourOwnPath.ca to see this new campaign.
The digital version of the RVT Month Kits for 2019 is available on RVTTC's RVT Month page. The e-kit contains pdfs of all print materials, as well as images and logos to be shared on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Spread the word on social media!
When discussing RVT Month on social media, use the following hashtags so that the RVT provincial associations can easily share your posts and tweets:
Watch and Share our RVT Month Video! (From 2018)
Use the RVT Month Profile Pic and Cover Photo
Download your copy by clicking the button below the image! Or download the electronic kit for access to all the RVT Month social media covers!
Add an RVT Month Frame to your FB Profile!
Click here to try the #ProudlyRVT Frame
Click here to try the #ThankanRVT Frame
Not sure what to post? Try some of these Fast Facts about RVTs!
- 2019 marks the third annual RVT Month across Canada. RVT Month was created as a replacement for the American “National Vet Tech Week”. One week wasn’t enough to acknowledge and celebrate RVTs as integral members of the animal healthcare team
- The title ‘RVT’ is a legal credential. RVTs work hard to earn their “R”. Every RVT in Ontario attended an OAVT accredited Veterinary Technology college program, passed the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam), completed a Professionalism and Ethics workshop and submitted a clear criminal record check to earn their credential
- There are over 8,000 RVTs (Registered Veterinary Technicians/Technologists) across Canada!
- RVTs in Canada must pass the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) to earn their credential.
- RVTs aren’t just found in your local veterinary clinic. RVTs help to care for a variety of different animals- from your family pets, to exotic species and wildlife, to horses, cows, pigs and goats and everything in between.
- RVTs can specialize in different areas called Veterinary Technician Specialities. There are currently 16 different options!
- The RVT profession has been around for 50 years! Previously known as Animal Health Technicians (AHT), the first AHT college program began in 1967.
- In Ontario, RVTs are required to complete 20 credits of Continuing Education every two years to maintain their credential. This ensures RVTs are continually learning and growing within their field.