I AM INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN RVT, WHERE DO I FIND INFORMATION ON THE PROFESSION?
There are several resources for individuals searching for information on becoming an RVT. The Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada (RVTTC) Career Navigator website is an excellent tool for planning your career in veterinary technology.
WHAT IS THE CORRECT TITLE FOR AN RVT IN BC?
Registered Veterinary Technologist (RVT) is a protected title in British Columbia. To be able to use the title, an individual must meet the following criteria:
- Graduate from an accredited Veterinary Technology program
- Achieve a passing grade on the Veterinary Technician National Examination
- Register as a member of the BC Veterinary Technologists Association (BCVTA)
Once an individual has been accepted as a member of the BCVTA, they must attend a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education each year to maintain their RVT status.
WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ON VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS?
There are several accredited programs available for future RVTs!
BC recognized programs:
- Thompson Rivers University Veterinary Technology Diploma
- Thompson Rivers University Veterinary Technology Open Learning Diploma
- Douglas College Veterinary Technology Diploma
Veterinary technology programs located outside of BC, can be found here.
I AM A STUDENT IN NORTH AMERICA AND WISH TO BECOME AN RVT MEMBER, HOW DO I GO ABOUT THIS?
Student members of the BCVTA can upgrade their membership easily by registering for RVT membership. The application will require students to provide their contact information, a copy of their VTNE result and either the application fee, or an upgrade fee for BCVTA student members.
The executive director is happy answer any questions you may have to help with the transition.
I AM AN RVT IN NORTH AMERICA AND LOOKING TO MOVE TO BC, CAN I KEEP MY RVT STATUS?
If you are an active member of the licensing body in your jurisdiction and you meet the requirements for eligibility for membership with the BCVTA, you will be able to maintain your RVT status. You can register for membership with the BCVTA by selecting the appropriate category of membership from the available options.
A Letter of Good Standing must be sent from your current licensing body to the association at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any other questions may be directed to this address.
DOES THE BCVTA ACCEPT VETERINARIANS AS MEMBERS?
The BCVTA believes that veterinary technology is significantly different from practicing as a veterinarian and the education and training required to become an RVT is tailored specifically to develop these skills. For these reasons, the BCVTA does not currently accept applications for membership from veterinarians.
Veterinarians wishing to pursue a career as a veterinary technologist can contact the veterinary technology programs listed above to have their education assessed for transfer credits.
I RESIDE OUTSIDE OF NORTH AMERICA AND AM A RVT OR VETERINARIAN SEEKING TO MOVE/WORK IN BC AS A RVT, HOW DO I GET RVT STATUS IN BC?
The BCVTA uses a third party, International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) to evaluate the education of veterinary technologists trained outside of North America. Application forms for ICAS can be found here: BCVTA BC Application Form (1). Please contact ICAS directly if you have any further questions regarding this application process.
Once the BCVTA has received your assessment, it will be reviewed by the Board of Directors. The Board may request additional courses or training. Once you have met the required criteria, your eligibility to write the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) will be approved.
Successful completion of the VTNE will allow you to complete your registration with the BCVTA.
THE PROVINCE/STATE THAT I RESIDE IN DOES NOT HAVE THEIR OWN ASSOCIATION SO I WISH TO BE A NON-RESIDENT MEMBER OF THE BCVTA, HOW DO I APPLY?
If the area that you reside in does not have their own membership, but you wish to obtain your RVT status, you can register for membership under the Non-Resident Member status. Non-Resident Members are required to attend 15 hours of continuing education per year. You have access to the the member portal and member benefits, but you do not have voting rights and cannot hold positions on the Board of Directors.
BCVTA Member FAQs
HOW MANY CE CREDITS DO I NEED PER COLLECTION PERIOD?
In order to maintain registered membership status, members must accumulate 15 credits per collection period. The collection period is May 1 – April 30 annually.
For new members joining part way through the year, the CE credit period will start May 1st of the following year. Members that submit more than 15 credits can apply up to 15 credits to the next CE earning period. For example, additional credits up to a maximum of 15 credits acquired in 2023-2024 can be applied to 2024-2025, but not 2025-2026.
HOW DO I SUBMIT CE CREDITS?
CE can be submitted online by logging in to the member portal on the BCVTA website.
CAN I TAKE A LEAVE FROM MEMBERSHIP WITHOUT LOSING MY RVT STATUS?
There is a non-practicing option for members wishing to leave for up to five years based on the Association’s membership year May 1 – April 30.
- Annual fee of $65.00/year
- Status can be held up to five years.
- No CE credit submission online is required to be submitted during absence.
- No requirement to rewrite the VTNE upon return.
- Prior to return to full RVT status, the member must submit 15 CE credits for each year on leave, up to 5 years or 75 credits.
- The absence of less than one year will be rounded up to a full year.
- A member must inform the office of their intention to take a one-year leave prior to leaving.
I HAVE LET MY MEMBERSHIP LAPSE, HOW CAN I REINSTATE MY MEMBERSHIP?