Who are Registered Veterinary Technicians?

Registered Veterinary Technicians, or RVT’s, are highly educated and trained health care professionals. Consequently, they are integral members of the veterinary health care team. Their education provides them with the theory and practical skills essential to deliver a high standard of veterinary care. Some veterinary assistants are trained on the job by the veterinarian(s) or other technicians on staff.  But to become a Registered Veterinary Technician, one must attend a school that offers a two or four year degree in the science of veterinary technology. Upon completion of a formal academic program and after taking, and successfully passing all certification tests, one can become credentialed as a veterinary technician. Below are some areas of expertise the Registered Veterinary Technician gains through this training:

• 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
• Diagnostic laboratory tests (hematology, clinical chemistry, cytology, and urinalysis)
• Emergency 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

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