So You Want to Be an OAVT Director?

If you are considering nominating yourself or another RVT for an OAVT Director seat, you may be hesitant if you don’t know much about the actual role of an OAVT Director. OAVT Directors have an impact on the future of the RVT profession. OAVT Directors are RVT leaders, elected by their peers to accurately and justly represent the best interests of the Association while protecting the interest of the public by regulating the RVT profession, granting the professional RVT credentials, and setting & maintaining the standards of the profession.

Responsibilities of the OAVT Board include:

  • Help direct the organization with respect to its Mission and Vision Statement and Association goals
  • Protect the interests of the general public
  • Listen to and reflect on issues raised by the members and to act in accordance to the best interests of the Association as a whole
  • Select confident, strong, and competent leaders to enhance the Association and its potential for the future
  • Communicate and work effectively with the Registrar and Executive Director
  • Communicate with key stakeholders to raise awareness and recognition for our Association and its members

OAVT Board members also receive significant benefits including but not limited to:

  • Invaluable leadership, management training and experience
  • Opportunities to grow as an individual and develop skills that will benefit you both in your present and any future career paths
  • Ability to positively impact the OAVT, its members and adherents
  • Honourary attendance at the OAVT Conference paid for by the Association
  • Honorary OAVT yearly membership dues
  • Reimbursement of travel expense for attending scheduled meetings as determined by operational policy of the Association
  • Continuing education recognition available as a volunteer while serving in a Director role and/or participation in committees
 

Board of Directors Election

The OAVT 2021 Board of Directors Election will take place February 1, 2021 through February 19 at 5pm. There will be four (4) director seats up for election.

Nominations

The first step in the OAVT Director Election process was to open the call for nominees. Any OAVT member in good standing can nominate an RVT or Retired RVT (RVTr) for a Director position. The call for nominations was open from October 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. This year we received seven nominations for four available director seats.

Nominees

Learn more about this year’s Board of Director candidates

Director seats up for election in 2021

  • Cally Merritt, RVT
  • Phil Nichols, RVT (Current OAVT President)
  • Lisa Skentelbery, RVT
  • Andrea Steele, RVT

Election Timeline

  • Nominations open – October 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 at 5pm
  • Interested candidates must submit their nomination packages to the OAVT by 5pm on January 15, 2021
  • Nominees are announced to the OAVT membership by January 22, 2021
  • Online election runs February 1, 2021 through February 19 at 5pm

Frequently Asked Questions

In 2015, the OAVT provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by potential nominees:

The OAVT Board of Directors meets monthly. The meetings are held in the OAVT office in Guelph. Each meeting starts at 9am and typically concludes by 4pm. Meetings are generally held on a Saturday.

Expenses to travel to the meetings are paid for by the OAVT.

Being on the OAVT Board comes with the pride, leadership, and responsibility of guiding the profession and organization forward. There are a lot of skill building opportunities. You will learn about all aspects of oversight and decision making of an organization. This will include setting priorities and overseeing that they are met, creating budgets, monitoring financial performance, and learning how to assess critical information to make important decisions. Also, there is a lot of networking opportunities to meet with others in the veterinary community. The opportunity to learn about or enhance your existing skills in this area will contribute to leadership skill building that is universally beneficial wherever your career path takes you.

Being on the OAVT Board comes with the pride, leadership, and responsibility of guiding the profession and organization forward. There are a lot of skill building opportunities. You will learn about all aspects of oversight and decision making of an organization. This will include setting priorities and overseeing that they are met, creating budgets, monitoring financial performance, and learning how to assess critical information to make important decisions. Also, there is a lot of networking opportunities to meet with others in the veterinary community. The opportunity to learn about or enhance your existing skills in this area will contribute to leadership skill building that is universally beneficial wherever your career path takes you.