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What is the Manitoba Veterinary Technologists Association?

The Manitoba Veterinary Technologists Association (MVTA) unifies the provincial voice for veterinary technologists in Manitoba. We are the ADVOCATING voice for veterinary technologists in Manitoba.  We PROMOTE professional advancement for veterinary technologists and provide LEADERSHIP and SUPPORT to our members for the last 40 years!

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2022 RVT Compensation Report

Wage and benefits a contributing factor to veterinary workforce shortage

The veterinary industry has been seeing a drop in veterinary technologists over the recent years and a recent compensation review could be an insight into why.

FEB. 21, 2023 – The Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan veterinary technologists associations came together to commission a compensation review in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of compensation and benefits provided to prairie Registered Veterinary Technologists (RVTs). The goal of the review was to identify gaps and opportunities, and make recommendations to achieve consistency for RVT compensation and benefits.

Nearly 30% of survey participants indicated that they intend to leave their employer in the next two years, citing issues with compensation and working conditions that include stress, burn out, high turn-over, limited ability for advancement, poor management and work becoming too physically difficult for their age (aging out). The report also highlighted inconsistent compensation overall: across years of practice, for specializations, for new graduates, in rural vs. urban settings, overtime and on-call rates, pay increases, and more. The report provides 17 recommendations for employers, RVTs and the associations to address these issues.

“This exhaustive review in the prairie provinces is going to make great changes in the world of veterinary medicine,“ says Marta Van Camp, president of the Saskatchewan Association of Veterinary Technologists. “The data will speak directly to what veterinary technologists are looking for, and put it in terms that management can understand.”

“This report will help to establish best practices for the profession, as well as provide a platform for technologists to advocate for fair compensation and support. We hope that this will help to retain technologists and ensure a strong, vibrant profession in the prairie provinces,” says Darryl Haugen, president of the Alberta Veterinary Technologist Association.

“This information will be instrumental for both employers and employees as they work to attract and retain top talent, and ensure that veterinary technologists are fairly compensated for their hard work,” says Jenesis Caughy, Manitoba Veterinary Technologists Association president.

For more information and to read the full compensation review, please click here.

To visit the survey landing page, which includes recommendations for RVTs and employers, click here.

2022 RVT Compensation Report

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For successful registration to work as a veterinary technologist in Manitoba, you must be a graduate of a Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) or the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited program. All veterinary technologists must be registered in the Province of Manitoba with the MVTA and the MVMA.

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The Manitoba Veterinary Technologists Association's office is located on the original lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininwak, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the National Homeland of the Red River Métis Nation. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.