What does an RVT really do?

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 @ 03:55 PM

When you take your pet to your trusted veterinary hospital or clinic – you may not realize 22467737_1534599219966132_3783171366806282032_o.jpgthat it takes a team of professionals working alongside the doctor. One group of professionals you will find in most every veterinary clinic or hospital is the Registered Veterinary Technician/Technologist. The team works together for your pet to receive the best possible medical care.

A valuable team member – Registered Veterinary Technician/Technologist

Registered Veterinary Technicians and Technologists is a field that has become very popular among animal lovers. There are many traits that you will find in most RVTs. The most obvious, of course – is that Registered Veterinary Technicians have a love for animals. They enjoy working with pets and their owners and want to help them to be as healthy as they can be so they can enjoy a long life. RVTs also have an interest in health science, preventative health and nutrition for animals.

RVT training and education

A Registered Veterinary Technician has become an essential member of the healthcare team caring for your pet’s health and well-being. Their education is extensive. Before they begin working in an animal hospital or clinic, they must be proficient in many health-related skills, procedures and treatment.

Take a look at some of the services the Registered Veterinary Technician in your Veterinary office provides to your pet:

  • Administer and monitor anesthesia during surgical procedures
  • Administer medications, treatments and vaccinations as directed by the doctor
  • Animal research
  • Assist in surgery
  • Collect laboratory samples – blood, urine, tissue
  • Educate pet owners about healthy nutrition for their pets
  • Obtain and read x-rays
  • Prepare animals and the operating room for surgery
  • Provide emergency first aid

To become skillful in these and many more hospital and clinic tasks – an RVT is highly educated and trained. When they have completed the education component of their schooling, they must successfully complete the certification exam to receive their credentials. You can see why Registered Veterinary Technicians and Technologists are vital members of a veterinarian team.

Did you know October is RVT Month?

A week is simply not long enough to celebrate the many responsibilities that come with being a Registered Veterinary Technician or Technologist. They work beside veterinarians to make sure your pets receive the highest quality of healthcare – both emergent and preventative.

To honor and bring awareness to this interesting career – associations in each province can provide you with RVT Month Kits. The kits contain stickers, posters, buttons and other items to bring awareness to RVTs across the country.

Registered Veterinary Technicians and Technologists are dedicated to assisting your veterinarian to provide the medical and preventative care he or she needs to live a long and happy life as a beloved member of your family.

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