It’s National RVT Week!

By October 18, 2016Uncategorized

What is an RVT?

Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) are highly educated and trained professionals working as integral members of the veterinary health care team. Their education provides them with the theory and practical skills essential to deliver a gold standard of veterinary care.

RVTs

Our RVTs: Mandy, Ceri and Shannon

 

What do RVTs do?

Some areas of their expertise include:

  • Obtaining and processing diagnostic radiographs and ultrasound
  • Administration and dispensation of medications and treatments as prescribed by the attending veterinarian
  • Providing optimum husbandry, restraint and handling
  • Anaesthetic delivery and monitoring
  • Prevention and control of zoonotic diseases
  • Nutrition management
  • Animal behaviour and welfare
  • Breeding, reproduction, and neonatal care
  • Professional practice administration, veterinary hospital management and client relations
  • Diagnostic laboratory tests (hematology, clinical chemistry, cytology, and urinalysis)
  • Emergency and first aid
  • Professionalism and ethics training
  • Routine, intensive and emergency care of animals
  • Public education
  • Exotic animal medicine
  • Extensive anatomy and physiology training
  • Sanitation, sterilization and disinfection controls and procedures
  • In depth knowledge of dental structures, conditions and lesions, causes and stages of diseases
  • Surgical preparation and assistance
  • Microbiology, immunology, bacteriology, parasitology, zoonoses, and virology
  • Training in best practices surrounding biosecurity

Where do RVTs work?

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

Source:  www.oavt.org/membership/what-is-an-rvt-

 

In honour of Nation RVT Week, we will be doing an RVT Spotlight interview with each of our RVTs.   Stay tuned for more….

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