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.

Being a Registered Veterinary Technician

In the veterinary industry, October has been designated as National Veterinary Technician month. As October comes to a close I reflect on being a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT).

I have been practicing for 17 years in this wonderful industry. We are not “just a Vet Tech”. What does an RVT do? I have been asked this question a million times. In short, we are the advocates for your pets! One of the most incredible aspects of the RVT profession is just how extensive our knowledge and experience is. In general practice we are the ones that monitor anesthetic, we assist the Veterinarians in surgery. We take and run the bloodwork for your pets. We take and process your pets x-rays. We are your fur babies nurse while they stay in the hospital. We are nutritionists and client educators. We are dental hygienists for dogs and cats. We are educated in a dozen areas within veterinary medicine – small animal, large animal, exotics, avian, wildlife and zoo animals.

An RVT is able to provide services to:

  • Private veterinary practice (small, large and exotic animals)
  • Veterinary teaching hospitals
  • Emergency Care
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • Educational institutions/teaching
  • Zoo animal and wildlife care
  • Wildlife rehabilitation
  • Animal behaviourist and rehabilitation
  • Biomedical research facilities
  • Livestock health facilities
  • Animal shelters, humane societies
  • Pet health insurance
  • Government and industrial institutions
  • Clinic reception/administration
  • Veterinary palliative and hospice care
  • Animal healthcare industry sales representatives (pharmaceuticals, nutrition, pet food & supplies)

How do you become an RVT?

1. You must first graduate from an accredited college program. It could be a 2 or 3-year program at: Algonquin College (Ottawa), College Boreal (Sudbury or Alfred), Georgian College (Orillia), Northern College (Haileybury), Seneca College (King City), Sheridan College (Brampton), St. Clair College (Windsor), St. Lawrence College (Kingston), Thompson Rivers University (Correspondence) and University of Guelph (Ridgetown).

2. Be a pending member of the OAVT (Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians) in good standing order – You must be a pending member of the OAVT to write the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). To become a pending member you must be a graduate of an OAVT accredited college.

3. You must pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination.

4. You must take the Professionalism and Ethics Workshop. The outcome of the workshop is to do develop an understanding of the professionalism and ethics demanded in our highly specialized profession.

5. You must have a clean criminal record check.

I am a veterinary technician. My clothes are often hairier than the patients. I am the go-between for clients and veterinarians. I am often the victim of the trifecta: urine, feces and anal gland fluid. I have been bitten and scratched – I have my battle scars. I have been physically abused by an owner. I have reached rock bottom and suffered from Compassion Fatigue.

After the work is done I work some more. I have missed my lunch on many occasions. I have held my bladder to the point it hurts. I have cried many tears, I have been angry and stressed to the max and I have laughed. I have helped owners say goodbye to family members.

Truth is, at the end of the day, I love my patients. I get to build relationships with our clients. I love my job because I am a veterinary technician and I help save lives.

I was born to be an RVT – to hold, to aid, to save, to help, to instruct, to inspire. It’s who I am – my calling, my passion, my life and my world. I wouldn’t change it for anything. I love my job.


Written by Kristine Hanson, RVT



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Last updated: June 15, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



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

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