Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians
Conference & Awards
I am not a veterinarian.
I am not a registered veterinarian technician (RVT).
What I am is a pet parent that had the privilege of attending the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians Conference and Awards ceremony for 2016.
It was an evening to celebrate and honour the professional veterinary technicians that dedicate their time and lives to caring for pets – our pets.
The room was filled with passion, excitement and anticipation as awards were presented to veterinary technicians that have dedicated their lives for 20, 30, yes, even 40 years to the profession!
Tonight the guest speaker was Dr. Andy Roark. Cameras were pulled out as he took the stage and the laughter commenced. Dr. Roark understood the hard work and dedication these veterinary technicians offer to their clients each and everyday.
The recipient of the Lifetime Award was a woman of literally few words – Dr. Roark knew what a great achievement this was and insisted she come back up on stage so we could learn more about her; coaxing her to open up and tell us more. From an outsider’s point of view, I think veterinary technicians need more people like Dr. Roark to bring these professionals to the forefront so everyone knows the importance of the veterinary technician.
You may ask:“What Does a Veterinary Technician Do?”
It’s much easier to ask: “What Can’t a Veterinary Technician Do?”
The answer is shorter and much simpler: They can’t make a diagnosis, perform surgery or prescribe medication.
Your veterinary technician is the person who watches over your pet, assist in making sure their health is stable after a procedure or surgery, they comfort them, stay with your pet overnight, and take them out of their crates so they can stretch their legs. They are our veterinarian’s right hand and your pet’s best friend.
Thank you for letting me join in on what was indeed a special evening for an outstanding group of professionals.