RVT Spotlight of the Month – August 2022

August 4, 2022


Tanya Arland, RVT


Where did you go to school and what made you decide to take a Veterinary Technician program?
I attended St. Clair College and graduated in 1994. I knew from a very young age that I wanted a career helping animals. I started to volunteer at our family veterinarian when I was 10, and I loved every moment I was there.

What is your current job(s)? When did you start it? What are your primary responsibilities?
I am a RVT in a busy integrative practice in London. I have been with the clinic from when we opened 8 years ago. I have practiced with Dr. Lori for the past 20 years, previously as her Hospital Manager and RVT at a clinic she owned in London. I can utilize all the skills that I have as an RVT, and my knowledge of TCM and homeopathy. We see patients from all over Ontario seeking additional support in their health journey by supporting them using the alternative modalities we practice.

What do you love about your current job?
There are so many aspects to my job that I love, it’s hard to name just a few. I love seeing patients’ health improve when we utilize our modalities alongside Western medicine. I am also so fortunate to work with an amazing team of Client Care, Vet Assistants and RVT’s. We genuinely care about our patients and each other.

What other jobs have you had in the RVT field?
Upon graduation I worked in an exotic/ small animal practice. I did my internship with an equine practice and loved that experience.

What or who has had a significant impact on your career as an RVT?
There is no doubt the love and support from my parents molded me into the RVT I am today. They allowed every creature to live in our home while we helped them heal, they have continued to support me as I have navigated my career for the past 28 years. Working with patient and compassionate clinical teams over the years has also made a lasting impact for me. I have been so fortunate to have had some wonderful veterinarians in my life to learn from.

If you could encourage other RVTs to focus on ONE thing to improve their skills, or overall wellbeing, what would it be?
Find something that drives your passion. When you find the area that resonates with you, find ways to fulfill it. Having a team of skilled and compassionate colleagues is so important for a lifelong career. I am so lucky to work alongside some of the best in the industry!

RVTs are passionate people, and every RVT has an area they are most passionate about (nutrition, research, spay/neuter, dog bite prevention, education, etc.) What is your passion? Does your current job allow you to fulfill your passion?
My passion is volunteerism in my community. I am so fortunate to be able to volunteer my skill set to the Youth Opportunities Unlimited shelter here in London. This shelter is open to youth experiencing homelessness. Being able to offer support to the pets that are the life line to many of the youth has been life changing for me. The human animal bond that I have witnessed there is so humbling. I can offer gentle support and provide guidance to the youth who stay at the shelter until safe housing is secured for them. The community that surrounds us has also stepped up to help-from family and friends purchasing supplies, to local pet store owners providing food donations to forming partnerships with local rescue groups to help with costs of surgeries and medical care. 

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