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Meet the Experts

This week a variety of RVTs were featured in daily Meet the Expert sessions. Attendees heard from these experts about how they got into their field and what tips and tricks they had for others.

Learn more about the topics presented by clicking the list below.

Getting Started on a VTS

Lucy Siydock, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

Obtaining a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) designation is no small feat. Join Lucy Siydock who will share her experience in becoming a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia & Analgesia. Lucy currently works at the Ontario Veterinary Clinic Health Sciences Centre as the Anesthesia Team Lead. She will discuss the requirements, time commitment, challenges, and the benefits of pursuing this designation and how it has impacted her career.

How to become an RVT Speaker

Andrea Steele, MSc, RVT, VTS (ECC)

In addition to her recognized credentials, Andrea Steele is a member of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses (AVECCTN), for which she is a Past-President and now Executive Secretary. Andrea is also a RECOVER CPR BLS and ALS Instructor, an experienced lecturer, author, and peer-reviewer and is co-Editor and contributing author of numerous veterinary textbooks. She has received several awards for her speaking and contributions. As the former Chair of the OAVT Speaker Planning Committee, Andrea will discuss the process of how speakers are selected for events, and the ways in which RVTs can use their education and skillset to become lecturers and speakers.

Starting an RVT Business

Lisa Skentelbery, RVT

Ever dreamed of being your own boss? Join Lisa Skentelbery, RVT and the owner/operator of The CriTTer Concierge. Since 2009, Lisa has been providing comprehensive services for pet owners including, pet sitting, dog walking, in home nursing care under veterinary supervision, assisting clients with paperwork for export/travel with pets and more. Lisa will be discussing how RVTs can utilize their education and skills to start their own businesses as well as the challenges and benefits of being your own boss.

RVTs in the Community

RVTs work in a variety of fields outside of the traditional clinic setting. One area where RVTs thrive is through giving back to their communities and offering support through their unique expertise. Hear from several RVTs that work with The Bello Project about how they have used their education and skillset to contribute to animal health and welfare projects within the community. Ask questions and find out how you can get started in your community as well.