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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
- 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?