Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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!
Have you been to the dentist and received local freezing? If so, then you have had a dental nerve block. Most dental procedures produce strong sensory stimuli to the point that it affects the amount of general anesthetic required and a painful recovery.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.
We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.
Beginning June 22, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:
SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us.
Face coverings must be worn to enter the hospital.
Use hand washing station upon entry.
Washrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.
If you wish to remain in your car during the appointment, when you call to inform us of your arrival, we will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Kingston Veterinary Clinic