October is RVT Month Across Canada
September 5, 2017
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
RVT Month To Be Celebrated Across Canada This October
The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT) is pleased to announce that October will be recognized as RVT Month across Canada.
The OAVT has teamed up with the Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada (RVTTC), as well as the other provincial associations (BCVTA, AAAHT, SAVT, MVTA, EVTA), to promote, celebrate and recognize RVTs throughout the month of October.
Since 1993, RVTs have been recognized during “National Veterinary Technician Week” which typically takes place the third week of October. However as the profession has advanced across Canada, and the common legal credential of Registered Veterinary Technician or Technologist (RVT) has been embraced from coast to coast, it has become increasingly important to recognize RVTs rather than the unrecognized title of “veterinary technician”.
Additionally, we felt that one week was not enough time to celebrate the RVT profession. 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. So why not turn a one week event into a month-long celebration?
To encourage clinics and workplaces across the country to get involved with RVT Month, RVT Month Kits have been created and made available through every provincial association. Each kit contains things like posters, stickers, window clings, buttons and dog bite prevention postcards.
In Ontario, RVT Month Kits are being distributed by Veterinary Purchasing. Email Natalie@oavt.org with your request for a kit, along with your clinic name and VP clinic code.
There are a number of initiatives planned throughout the month of October to help promote and recognize the RVT profession. OAVT RVTs can look forward to:
- Receiving an RVT Month coupon book, featuring coupons from OAVT sponsors and other RVT supporters
- The weekly release of videos featuring RVTs who spoke inside our video booth at the OAVT 2017 Conference
- Tweets, Facebook posts and new graphics promoting the RVT profession – and featuring hashtags such as #RVTMonth, #HugAnRVT and #oneweekjustwasntenough
We’re looking forward to seeing how clinics and other workplaces get involved with celebrating their RVTs throughout the inaugural RVT Month this October, and we are grateful for the teamwork and collaboration between the provincial associations to make this a national event.
Jody Carrick, RVT
*Don't forget to check out our RVT Month video featuring real-life RVTs: https://youtu.be/E4sAbpulA7w
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