Anniversary and milestone for Toronto Veterinary Technicians

This week, October 12-18, 2014, is a very special week in veterinary medicine. It is the National Veterinary Technician Week. For those of you who do not know, Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) are the veterinary equivalent to Registered Nurses in human hospitals. They are highly educated and skilled professionals who work as integral members of the veterinary health care team here at Central Toronto Veterinary Referral/Emergency Clinic (CTVRC/EC).

Street-view of the Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic in Toronto

Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic

To become an RVT, candidates must complete a 2-year or 4-year program from an accredited school, and then must pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).

After successfully passing the VTNE they can apply to join a veterinary team in practice, such as CTVRC/EC, or they can continue training by completing an advanced degree in an area of specialization.

In 1970 a group of Animal Health Technology graduates formed the Canadian Association of Animal Health Technicians that 14 years later became the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians. The National Association of Veterinary Technician Association (NAVTA) developed the Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS) due to a growing interest among veterinary technicians to attain a higher level of recognition for advanced knowledge and skills in specific disciplines.

Currently, there are 11 NAVTA approved specialties that include: anesthesia, internal medicine, surgery, emergency and critical care medicine, and others. At CTVRC/EC we have a number of amazing veterinary technicians, some of whom have gone on to complete a degree in a specialized area including anesthesia as well as critical care medicine.

Technicians are the backbone of every veterinary healthcare team. It is our great team of technicians that help make CTVRC/EC the best veterinary emergency hospital in Toronto and the top veterinary referral clinic for your beloved pets. Our veterinary technicians and veterinarians work together to provide your pets with the best medical care in Toronto.

Since 1993, the NAVTA has designated a week in October as the annual National Veterinary Technician Week. This week recognizes veterinary technicians for their contributions in pet healthcare, as well as veterinarian assistants, practice managers and others involved in this care. National Veterinary Technician Week is our opportunity to honor and thank our veterinary technicians for the outstanding job they do.

So on behalf of everyone at CTVRC/EC we would like to thank the greatest team of veterinary technicians and animal care attendants for all of your hard work and the amazing job that you do everyday.

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