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RVTTC Announces New Affiliate Member of World Small Animal Veterinary Association

November 6, 2018

On September 24, 2018, at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) General Assembly in Singapore, the Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada (RVTTC) was accepted as a new Affiliate Member of the WSAVA Global Veterinary Community.

"The WSAVA is excited to welcome the RVTTC as an affiliate member and as such, all of their members to the WSAVA Global Veterinary Community," says Dr. Walt Ingwersen, WSAVA Immediate Past President. "Our strategic plan recognizes the value of all companion animal team members to achieving the WSAVA Vision and Mission, of which Veterinary Technicians are an integral member. We look forward to further involvement from the RVTTC in both collaborative CE delivery, as well as active members on our guideline groups."

Nationally, the RVTTC and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) work closely together on a variety of committees including CVMA Council, CVMA Animal Welfare committee, CVMA AHT/VT Program Accreditation Committee and the CVMA Professional Development Committee. Together honouring their Memorandum of Understanding (signed in 2014) by working in harmony to support and progress veterinary medicine in Canada.

"The CVMA is thrilled to have helped bring Canadian registered veterinary technologists and technicians into the global veterinary health discussion,” says Dr. Terri Chotowetz, CVMA President. "Recognizing the RVTTC as an affiliate member of WSAVA will strengthen the relationship Canada has with the global veterinary community and undoubtedly contribute to the advancement of veterinary medicine worldwide."

Internationally, 2016 marked the RVTTC becoming the first veterinary technician association to join the World Veterinary Association. As small animal medicine is a significant area of expertise within the registered veterinary technician and technologist (RVTs) membership, the RVTTC wished to expand its global connections to share this expertise, while providing an opportunity for RVTs to engage within the WSAVA global veterinary community. As an affiliate member of WSAVA it will be mutually beneficial to share the RVT voice while actively contributing within the WSAVA committees.

The RVTTC Board of Directors wishes to thank Dr. Jim Berry for presenting the application on its behalf.

The Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada (RVTTC) is a not-for-profit national organization uniting Canadian veterinary technician and technologist associations. Founded in 1989 as the Canadian Association of Animal Health Technologists and Technicians (CAAHTT), RVTTC is tasked with promoting the veterinary technology profession, establishing and maintaining national standards of membership, and is a resource regarding national and international issues.


Shannon Brownrigg,
RVTTC Executive Director