When you visit London Humane Society, chances are you are coming to visit our furry guests but a critical part to the animals’ lives you may not always see are our Registered Veterinary Technician team!
October is Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Month, and we’d like to introduce you to our RVTs at LHS who are helping keep our animals healthy and happy every day!
1. Why did you decide to become a Registered Veterinary Technician?
Shannon: I decided to become a Registered Veterinary Technician because I have had a passion for animals since I was very young. I knew a career related to animal health was the right fit for me, and after researching the different career opportunities, becoming an RVT sounded like the perfect fit!
Matt: After watching animal television shows as a kid, I knew I wanted to work with animals some day.
2. What is a typical day like for you at London Humane Society?
Shannon: A typical day for an RVT with London Humane Society involves examining, vaccinating, de-worming, and medicating the animals within the shelter. We also organize surgery dates with clinics throughout the city so that all of our cats and dogs are spayed and neutered upon adoption. We educate our adopters about any health concerns with their new family member, as well as answer any questions they may have regarding pet ownership and veterinary care.
Matt: The day starts with walking through checking on all the animals in the building, then we give medications to all the animals that need them. Typically, doing in-take exams would be next. Spread throughout the day are meetings, appointments, talking to Veterinary clinics regarding our animals, phone calls, and paperwork. At the end of the day we do a last check of the animals and any night medications if needed before we leave for the day.
3. What is the most rewarding aspect of your position?
Shannon: The most rewarding part of being an RVT with London Humane Society is seeing the tremendous changes that happen with the animals that come into our care. Many of them have never been in loving environments, and watching their personalities come out once they feel safe with us is truly amazing. It is an incredible feeling to witness those animals go to their forever homes.
Matt: When an animal goes home after it came to London Humane Society in rough shape. It is very rewarding to see the hard working staff and volunteers help the animal turn around be ready for adoption.
4. What is the most difficult part of your position?
Shannon: The most difficult part of an RVTs position in shelter medicine is seeing how much of a problem that pet overpopulation really is. There are too many animals out there and not enough homes, which is why it is so critical to spay and neuter our pets to try and reduce the drastic number of animals that are already in need.
Matt: Dealing with abuse and neglect cases.
Please help London Humane Society and our dedicated RVTs continue to provide life-saving medical care to the surrendered, neglected and mistreated pets in our community by signing up to be a PAW Monthly Donor!