Registered veterinary technicians/technologists (RVT) are highly trained professionals working as an integral part of the veterinary medical team.
A RVT has graduated from a Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) or an Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT) accredited program, successfully completed the Veterinary Technician National Examination and has met all the requirements identified by their provincial professional association.
The title of technician versus technologist is dependent on the province of registration. The term RVT is recognized across Canada.
A RVT works under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Their education provides them with the theory and practical skills essential to deliver a gold standard of veterinary care. As animal welfare advocates, some of the important tasks carried out by RVTs include:
Training for a career as a RVT includes two to three years of college education at a CVMA or OAVT-accredited veterinary technician/technologist program. A listing of Canada’s accredited programs can be found here.
SOURCE: Canadian Veterinary Medical Association website.