Empowering RVTs: How VetCare Supports Key Veterinary Professionals

An interview with Sasha Latimer, VetCare’s RVT Programs Manager

In the dynamic landscape of veterinary care, VetCare stands out – not just for our dedication to the well-being of animals, but also for our unwavering commitment to empowering the backbone of the industry: Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs).

Sasha Latimer, Regional Manager Eastern Ontario

At the heart of this commitment lies Sasha Latimer, VetCare’s RVT Development & Programs Manager, whose passion and vision are poised to revolutionize the role of RVTs within the organization and beyond.

Keep reading for her hopes for the future and plans to empower the veterinary technicians and technologists who work so tirelessly for pet health.

Can you share what inspired you to pursue this role and how your background as an RVT has prepared you for these responsibilities?

Sasha: “I have always been passionate about RVTs and ensuring they are operating at the top of their scope. This stems from understanding that working at this level not only enhances job satisfaction, but also fosters long-term commitment to a workplace.

“As an RVT, one has the unique opportunity to directly contribute to a practice’s growth and alleviate some of the pressures experienced by DVMs. My primary objective as an RVT has always been to ease the workload of DVMs with each case, thereby enhancing overall practice efficiency.

“However, in my previous role, I felt that my full potential and strengths were not fully utilized in this area. I firmly believe that I have much to offer to RVTs across the organization, and I am eager to make a meaningful impact in this capacity.”

What are your primary goals in this role, and how do you plan to achieve them?

Sasha: “To increase RVT visibility for greater acceptance and growth for RVTs in their current roles. Is there genuine awareness of the full scope of an RVT’s capabilities?

“My objective is to foster a deeper comprehension of the invaluable contributions RVTs make to the industry, enhancing public understanding.

“By working collaboratively with the Operations and Practice Leadership teams, we can ensure that RVTs are fully integrated into patient care processes, maximizing their potential to contribute to the overall success of the practice. 

“Protocol development, training sessions, feedback mechanisms and continued communication are a few of the areas that I would like to address early on.”

What kind of programs are you planning to develop to enhance the skills, capabilities and job satisfaction of RVTs?

Sasha: “I’d like to implement RVT wellness exams, hands-free X-rays as a standard practice, CPR training for all teams, and communication strategies to assist with more effective communication with clients and the greater team.

“I also want to boost RVT engagement and job satisfaction with an overall increased scope of practice. My goal is to have RVTs challenged to work at the top of their license each and every day.”

How will you foster a culture of communication and collaboration between RVTs and other team members?

Sasha: “In the veterinary field, team members frequently find themselves pulled in various directions, making it challenging to engage in effective collaboration and communication.

“My aim is to introduce vital strategies and tips to the RVT team, facilitating internal communication within the practice and fostering connections with the broader RVT community. 

“Each practice operates uniquely, with its own methods and perspectives, so exchanging knowledge and ideas can aid in the growth of fellow teams.”

What long-term changes do you hope to inspire in the scope of practice for RVTs nationally?

Sasha: “My primary objective is to elevate the recognition of RVTs for their true value and contributions to the profession. There’s a widespread lack of understanding regarding the role and education that RVTs have. 

“It’s crucial to begin by educating the public about how RVTs can significantly contribute to the overall health and well-being of their pets.”

At VetCare, Sasha’s appointment as RVT Development & Programs Manager signifies more than just a new role; it’s a testament to our community’s unwavering commitment to empowering its veterinary heroes.

Through innovative programs, collaborative initiatives, and a steadfast dedication to excellence, Team VetCare and Sasha are poised to redefine the role of RVTs, ensuring they receive the recognition, support, and opportunities they deserve.

Together, we’re not just shaping the future of veterinary care – we’re empowering those who make it possible.

Wondering what a team transition might look like for your practice? Reach out to our team directly today by emailing transition@vet-care.ca.
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