Animal Health Technician/Registered Veterinarian Technologist (AHT or RVT)
Animal Health Technologists (AHTs) or Registered Veterinary Technologists (RVTs) provide primary support for veterinarians by caring for animals, and assisting in the care and treatment of livestock and companion animal health disorders.
- Collect and prepare laboratory specimens for testing.
- Perform blood, urine, fecal and other routine laboratory tests.
- Fill and dispense prescriptions to clients, and calculate and administer prescribed medications, fluids and treatments to animals.
- Manage pharmaceutical and product inventory.
- Receive and prepare animals for examination or surgery, including taking weights and requesting information on the animal from the owner.
- Monitor and evaluate clinical symptoms of in-housed animals.
- Assist veterinarians in surgical operations and procedures, including administering and monitoring anaesthetic during surgeries.
- Make on-farm calls with veterinarians and assist with handling and operative procedures of livestock.
- Clean, maintain and sterilize surgical and medical instruments and equipment pre- and post-surgical operations, as well as ensure facility sanitation to control the potential spread of contagious diseases.
- Produce and develop radiographs or X-rays, including implementing radiation safety and quality control procedures for the safety and health of self, other colleagues, clients, and animal being radiographed.
- Administer emergency first aid and perform dental cleaning.
- Restrain animals for examination, vaccination, medication administration and veterinary nursing care
- Provide animal health care information and education to owners (i.e., suggestions to behaviour issues, nutrition, etc.)
- Assist in the euthanasia of animals
- Assist in food animal monitoring programs to promote food safety and public health.
- Provide customer service, maintain medical records and log books, and perform accounting and invoicing duties as necessary.
- Write reports and maintain research information (if applicable to position).
- Train and educate new staff on animal health and veterinary practices.
- Recommend and sell non-prescription products according to clinic standards.
- Provide support services such as grief counselling, choosing a new pet, house sitting and pet weight loss support.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Confidence in working with animals of all sizes, types, and variant in behaviour.
- Has a strong interest in animal medicine and animal health.
- Ability to work quickly and decisively under pressure and in a high-stress environment.
- Good manual dexterity, physical health and strength (capable of lifting at least 20 kg).
- Good organizational skills and a strong aptitude for math, record keeping, and writing reports.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, and ability to work well in a strongly-based team environment while maintaining a high degree of integrity.
- Enjoy having clear rules and guidelines for work, as well as performing laboratory and diagnostic procedures.
Education and Training:
Must have a minimum of a two year diploma in Animal Health Technology or Veterinary Technology, accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Under provincial legislation in Alberta by the Veterinary Profession Act and General Regulation, you must be registered with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) to work as an AHT or RVT under the direction of a registered veterinarian.
Salary and Wages:
Average hours worked: 41.1 hours per week
Average wage: $22.28 per hour
Average salary (Alberta): $47,565.00 per annum