Volunteering with the OAVT

Call for RVT Volunteers!

Now that 2019 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!

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering can deliver a wealth of benefits including:

  • Building self-esteem and confidence
  • Learning and developing new skills and interests
  • Enhancing and expanding your work experience
  • Meeting and networking with other professionals in the industry and members of the public
  • And...

  • Making a real difference in your community and profession!
  • Upcoming OAVT Events

    If you are an RVT interested in volunteering or have ideas for events that you would like to see YOUR association attend, please contact jessica@oavt.org.


    Event NameEvent DateEvent LocationVolunteers Needed
    Wienerfest June 22           Woodstock     Yes! At the OAVT Booth. Email Jessica. 
    Woofa-Roo July 20 & 21 Windsor Yes! At the OAVT Booth. Email Jessica. 
    Pawlooza August 17 Woodstock     Yes! At the OAVT Booth. Email Jessica. 
    RVT First Aid Service Various             Various       A volunteer based program where RVTs provide on-site first aid by request.

    Volunteer = CE

    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.

    List of RVT Volunteer Opportunities

    What better way to feel connected and engaged than to volunteer?

    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.)


    Muddy Paws Wine Festival

    (Posted 2019/6/11) Your Special Skills as an RVT will be a Wonderful Gift to The Bello Project during this year’s Muddy Paws Wine Festival!

    July 6 OR July 7, 2019 (12p – 5p)

    Muddy Paws is an annual event taking place at both Featherstone Winery and Vineland Estates. It raises funds and awareness for The Bello Project. As an RVT you enhance Pawcasso’s Studio by assisting our dog guests in creating an art piece with their paw print on a canvas of their owner’s choosing. The canvases pre-created with a spot strategically available for the paw print. During this interaction you will also have a chance (should you chose to do so) to explain exactly what you do in your professional practice and why it is so important to work with an RVT! If you have some time available of July 6 or July 7 please email Jessica Huber at jessica@oavt.org If you have some questions before determining if this volunteer experience is right for you …email tracey@homehospiceassociaiton.com for more specific details! Click here to read more in this flyer


    Foster Care Volunteer Position

    (Posted 2019/5/21) You can change the life of an animal by becoming a foster care volunteer. This volunteer position provides animals with special individualized care outside of the shelter environment. You will be supporting an animal that needs us the most, by providing a comfortable and isolated place for pregnant animals, or offering a safe and quiet home for animals recovering from injury or illness. There are currently fostering positions available at our Provincial Education and Animal Centre in Stouffville.

    Please note: volunteers are required to be a minimum of 18 years of age and have access to transportation.

    Click here to complete the application form.


    Wild at Heart Refuge Centre - Internship Opportunities

    (Posted 2018/11/27) Full time volunteer positions are currently available with Wild at Heart. Wild at Heart is a charitable, non-profit, volunteer-based organization that promotes wildlife conservation by providing veterinary care and rehabilitation to injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife with the goal of releasing animals back into the wild. Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre is the only facility of its kind in Northern Ontario. Over 900 animals are treated annually, and the number of animals in need are continually increasing. These include songbirds, raptors, small and large mammals, reptiles and amphibians. All intern positions are voluntary and full time. Position duration varies from a minimum of 2 months up to a maximum of 6 months, 5 days per week, 40-50 hours per week with living accommodation available (limited space). Schedule is rotating and includes days, evenings, and weekends. Preference will be given to intern applicants dedicated to internships longer than 2 months. All applicants must be 18 years or older. 

                                                                                         The successful interns will gain valuable practical experience in wildlife rehabilitation techniques while caring for a variety of native                                                                                      mammals, birds, and reptiles. Duties include animal admissions, diet preparation, and feeding, cage cleaning, medication administration,                                                                                      wound management, and other daily needs of the wildlife patients. No experience is necessary but commitment to the duration of the                                                                                      internship is required. 

                                                                                         To learn more about the internship program, please click here to view our internship video.  

                                                                                          If you are interested in joining the internship program, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to mail@wahrefugecentre.org  or contact                                                                                       us at (705) 692-4478.  Our volunteer coordinator will be in contact with you as soon as possible. Please note: Before you can begin                                                                                       volunteering, an orientation is required. 


    The Bello Project

    (Posted 2018/07/04) Looking for a volunteer opportunity that elevates your passion of caring for pets to a whole new meaning? Want to make a difference in the lives of pets who live with people suffering from a terminal illness? Together we can help preserve the human-animal bond.

    Imagine how rewarding it will be knowing that with your support, you have greatly reduced the amount of stress and took the worry out of who will care for my pet from the equation for both the pet and the pet parent.

    Your efforts will not only bring comfort and compassion to the pet, but also to their pet parent while they are undergoing their illness journey. Through your involvement you will feel just how much this service means to your local community and to the lives of the pets and people affected. Your assistance in the Bello Project allows the pet and owner to remain together for as long as possible, in their own home, and aides in preventing pets from possibly ending up in shelters.

    By signing up as a mentor volunteer with the Bello Project, Registered Veterinary Technicians will use their knowledge and skills to assist the program HHA volunteers with basic instruction on how to provide safe, quality and compassionate care to the animals in the homes of registered participants. It may also include assistance with fundraising, event planning, conference booth attendance, live speaking, educating in schools or other learning environments,        maintaining relations with other animal welfare groups and organizations.

    The Bello Project is a registered non-profit and charitable organization under the umbrella of the Home Hospice Association (HHA). The Bello Project provides care for the animals of people with terminal illness. We are looking for Registered Veterinary Technicians who are looking to be a part of a strong community outreach project.

    Professional online training for this role is as a foundation to the project will be provided. A combined effort with RVTs, Veterinarians, and Human Health Workers established the creation of the training plans to ensure comprehensive and well-rounded information.

    For more information visit their website or email the Home Hospice Association or fill out the volunteer form.



    Furry Friends Animal Shelter - Med Room Volunteer

    (Posted 2017/01/18) Furry Friends Animal Shelter in Barrie is looking for dependable animal-lovers to help us care for cats and kittens at the shelter who require special attention in our "Med Room". Med Room volunteers are comfortable working with animals that are ill or injured and are passionate about getting these animals healthy and happy. This role is perfect for RVTs and students in vet tech programs who want to gain experience and help animals in our community.

    Summary of tasks:

    1. Carefully follow medical chart instructions for each cat in the med room. This may include giving medications, feeding and general cleaning of cats eyes, noses, wounds, etc.
    2. Check off that treatments have been done and document any changes in a cat’s condition.
    3. Ensure cats and kittens always have fresh food and water.
    4. Ensure the Med Room is kept clean.
    5. Socialize with the cats and kittens.

    Morning and evening shifts are available on weekdays and weekends, 365 days a year! Be part of a dedicated and passionate volunteer team working to make a positive difference for vulnerable cats and kittens in our community. Full training is provided.


    To apply, please complete the online application form.

    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

    Call: 905-335-3030

    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 heather@vetswithoutborders.ca. If you need more information please contact Volunteer Program Manager Kristen Rodrigues at kristen@vetswithoutborders.ca


    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: http://www.natucate.com/en/

    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.

    Etobicoke Humane Society

    Please visit their website to learn more.

    Email info@etobicokehumanesociety.com for more information

    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 
    705 732-6368 


    One Health

    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 conference@oavt.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.


    For more information visit: http://vetoutreach.org/
    or complete the volunteer form: http://vetoutreach.org/volunteer-form/



    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 fosterprogram@brampton.ca. Thank you and we hope welcome you to our Foster Family soon!   





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