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The challenges of accessing continuing education for registered veterinary technicians and technologists

Shannon Brownrigg, RVT, Executive Director of the Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada (RVTTC) provides us with the lastest updates about RVTTC and explains why it is so challenging for registered veterinary technicians and technologists to access continuous education program.


Veterinarians without Borders (VWB) is currently recruiting for international placements in Uganda, Vietnam, Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania. They are looking for dairy experts to work with their partners in Kenya and Uganda in promoting animal health and livelihood development in areas such as animal nutrition, breeding (artificial insemination) and animal health training. For Ghana, they are looking for experts in poultry management, gender issues and curriculum development.  Placements start from 3-6 months (flexible) and most of the costs are covered by VWB. 

Dr. Liz O'brien talks about the Cat Healthy initiative

Cat Healthy is an online resource created by Canada's top veterinary feline specialists in an effort to ensure more cats receive the preventive healthcare they need to live longer.

OVC student achieves highest possible veterinary licensing exam score

Congratulations to Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) student Rose Rumney, who has achieved something only three other students out of the 54,000 candidates who have taken the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) in the past 16 years can lay claim to: a “perfect” score of 800 out of 800

The Canadian Animal Health Insitute (CAHI)

Learn more about the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI)

New Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface

The University of Geneva, Institute Pasteur, University of Montréal and Centre Virchow-Villermé/University Paris Descartes invite you to this new MOOC on "Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface."

New oral Bordetella bronchiseptica vaccine from Merck Animal Health: A convenient option to consider for uncooperative dogs

In its 2011 Canine Vaccination Guidelines, the AAHA recommended intranasal (IN) vaccination over parenteral vaccination1 to help protect dogs against CIRDC. However, administering intranasal vaccines can sometimes be a challenge. To help provide Canadian veterinarians with a convenient option to consider when vaccinating “IN-averse” dogs, Merck Animal Health has recently launched Nobivac® Intra-Trac® Oral Bb, a Bordetella bronchiseptica vaccine that is easily administered directly into the buccal cavity.

EUTHABAG™ - Pets can now depart with dignity

Veterinarians now have access to a profesionnal solution for the respectful removal of euthanized pets that is both respectful for the pet and the owner. 

Tick surveillance study welcomes input from animal owners and veterinarians

The University of Guelph recently announced the launch of the Pet Tick Tracker, a tick surveillance study coordinated by Dr. Scott Weese. As part of this study, veterinarians and animal owners are encouraged to use a simple online form to enter information about ticks they find on dogs, cats, horses and/or other domestic animals, in order to help map areas into which ticks are expanding and identify the pathogens they may carry.

The emerging risk of Echinococcus multilocularis: What veterinarians need to know

Echinococcus multilocularis (E. multilocularis) is getting more attention than ever these days, and with good reason. This tapeworm, that can cause a serious infection in animals and people, has increased its geographic distribution. Not only is it now considered endemic in southern Ontario, it has also recently been detected in urban areas such as Edmonton and Calgary.