Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many CE credits do I need?
In order to maintain registered membership status, members must accumulate 10 credits 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 10 credits can apply up to 10 credits to the next CE earning period. For example, additional credits up to a maximum of 10 credits acquired in 2013-2014 can be applied to 2014-2015, but not 2015-2016.
2. How do I submit CE credits?
CE can be submitted online by logging in to the member portal on the BCVTA website. If you are unable to submit CE online, please contact the office via email at moc.liamgnull@draobatvcb.
3. What happens if I do not have enough CE credits to submit and they are due?
If you are expected to submit your CE credits this year and you do not have enough, contact the office as soon as possible via email at moc.liamgnull@draobatvcb. It is each member’s individual responsibility to ensure they are attending the required amount of CE events throughout the year.
4. Can I take a leave from membership?
There is a sustained membership option for members wishing to leave for up to two years based on the Association’s membership year May 1 – April 30.
- No CE credit submission online is required to be submitted during absence.
- Status can be sustained for a maximum of two years.
- May be held a maximum of two times (with at least one year of Active member status in between.)
- No requirement to rewrite the VTNE.
- On return to full RVT status, the member must pay a reduced fee on return or show 10 CE credits for each year in sustained membership status.
- 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.
If you are considering a sustained membership status, please contact the office to discuss individual CE status.
5. I have let my membership lapse for more than 3 years, how can I reinstate my membership?
6. I am an internationally trained vet tech and wish to apply for membership with the BCVTA. What do I need to do?
The BCVTA uses the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) to evaluate techs trained outside of North America. Once the ICAS assessment has been complete, the BCVTA Board of directors will review the candidate’s education and skills and either make recommendations for additional training, or confirm eligibility to write the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).
Once the candidate has completed the ICAS assessment process and received a passing score on the VTNE, they can apply for membership with the BCVTA. Candidates are responsible for all fees associated with this process.