Volunteering with the OAVT

Call for RVT Volunteers!

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
  • Making a real difference in your community and profession!

*Our plans for attending public events in 2021 are dependent on public health recommendations in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are slowly returning to a limited presence at public events in 2021 but this could change as the year progresses. If you are interested in being on our volunteer list please complete the volunteer profile below.

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


Upcoming OAVT Volunteer Needs

The OAVT is currently looking for members willing to advocate for RVTs in MPP meetings.

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.)

One to two DVM/one to two RVT volunteers needed for each of the following COVID-safe clinics this fall.

Posted: September 10, 2021

Indigenous communities have been hard hit when it comes to veterinary care because of COVID-19.  The Community Healthcare Partnership Program has been successful in implementing low-risk, contactless clinics over the summer.  As we are trying to schedule our fall activities, we’re looking for additional DVMs and RVTs to assist us in our work.  We will be doing both wellness and spay/neuter services with our team of senior students.  If you have an interest in serving these communities and teaching students, please let us know.  We dedicate one of our surgical stations as high volume, so are looking for volunteers there too! 

There is orientation provided, and if you have a license to practice, you can participate! Accommodations and food provided.

For more information or to volunteer please contact chpp@uoguelphc.ca

Sagamok Anishnawbek Nation (near Massey, ON)
Sep 16-18, 2021

Oneida Nation of the Thames (near London, ON)
Oct 4-7, 2021

Aroland First Nation (1 hour north of Geraldton, ON)
late October/early November TBD

Kettle & Stony Point First Nation (near Forest ON)
Nov 8-13, 2021

Walpole Island First Nation (near Wallaceburg, ON)
Nov 22-28, 2021

RVT Volunteer Wanted for Doggie Dip!

Posted: September 8, 2021

We are looking for an enthusiastic, doggy-loving RVT to keep an eye on our furry friends throughout our Doggy Dip event in case of any animal emergencies in the pool or on the event grounds.  If this is of interest to you or you know someone who might be interested, please reach out to somerd@omhs.ca.   To read more about the event, you can visit omhs.ca/doggiedip.

The Doggie Dip will take place on Saturday, September 11 at Lions Pool in Oakville from 11am-4pm.  RVT assistance is required between 10:30 – 4:30

RVT Volunteers Wanted!

Posted: May 26, 2021

The Jaguar Rescue Center in Costa Rica is looking for volunteers, particularly RVTs, to help them out. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there are not many skilled volunteers applying and funding has dried up. The border is currently open to Canadians, and a fellow Canadian has been living in Costa Rica and volunteering at the Jaguar Rescue Center. She said she is happy to assist anyone with the logistics once they arrive, or answer any questions about living in Costa Rica. The Center is full of baby sloths and monkeys and every kind of mammal and bird in the tropics. The Center tries to treat and release whenever possible. Interested RVTs can visit the Jaguar Rescue Center’s website to learn more.

Volunteer RVTs Wanted

Posted: May 26, 2021

Are you looking for an incredibly rewarding way to volunteer in an exciting and unique environment? Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland Ontario is currently looking to add dedicated and passionate volunteers to our team.

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • helping our Veterinarian and RVT with regular health checks and other minor procedures (anesthetic monitoring, physical restraint, blood draws etc).
  • in-house fecal exams
  • primate training
  • record keeping
  • cleaning enclosures
  • feeding
  • environmental enrichment
  • and so much more!

If you are interested in applying for this once in a lifetime volunteer opportunity, please contact Natasha at natasha.sbfps@gmail.com