What Is a Registered Veterinary Technician

Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) are an integral part of every animal hospital. We wear many hats and have many responsibilities within the clinic. We often work behind the scenes, which is why our governing body the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT) decided to make October RVT month to celebrate us and recognize all that we do! This special month also gives each veterinary clinic a chance to promote the profession and celebrate the special RVTs that work at their practice. Do you know what an RVT does or how to become one?

To become an RVT, you must first complete a two or three-year program at an accredited college. Then you must pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). This exam tests a veterinary technician on all of their newfound knowledge. Once the VTNE is passed and you become registered, you are required to complete mandatory continuing education to stay current on industry techniques and innovations. It helps to endure your pet is getting the most up to date treatment and care.

Some of the duties an RVT performs include:

  • Taking and developing radiographs
  • Administering and dispensing medications and treatments as prescribed by the veterinarian
  • Collecting blood and urine and analyzing them under a microscope
  • Providing restraint to ensure the safe handling of pets
  • Administering anesthetic agents and monitoring anesthesia during surgeries. Safely recovering these patients after surgery.
  • Placing bandages/wound dressings and splints
  • Triaging emergency arrivals and helping with emergency care and first aid
  • Performing dental cleaning and polishing procedures. Taking and developing dental radiographs
  • Using our knowledge of tests, medications, supplements, and nutrition so we can be the biggest advocates for your pet!
  • As an RVT with over 14 years of experience, I can truly say I love what I do.

Each hat I’m asked to wear in my job is equally important. Some of my jobs include taking blood, monitoring your pet’s vital signs while they have surgery, and helping you to understand how to administer medication to your furry family member. Being an RVT can mean long hours away from our own families so we can help heal yours. If you visit our clinic during the month of October, say hello to your favourite RVT and let them know you appreciate what they do for you and your pet! We can’t wait to celebrate our amazing RVTs in October!

You can read more about what an RVT does here.

Written by: Melissa, RVT

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