Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
This is a question I often get asked when I talk about my career.
A Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) has a very important role in any veterinary hospital. They are there to provide the nursing care required to meet your pet’s needs and keep them as comfortable as possible.
Many people think that being a veterinary technician is all about playing with puppies and kittens, but that is a just a small part of the job. Like human nurses, RVTs have many responsibilities in the hospital and not every day is an easy one. There are many happy and exciting days, but this career can also be emotional and exhausting.
Dentistry: Full Mouth X-Rays, scaling and polishing teeth, and assisting the veterinarian with extractions.
Pharmacy: Filling medications for pets to go home with.
Cytology: Looking at ear and skin slides under the microscope to check for yeast and bacteria.
Emergency and critical care
Intravenous fluid calculation and administration
Caring for hospitalized pets, medication administration, bathroom breaks, clean up and feeding.
Sterilizing surgical equipment
Bandage and splint applications
And many more!
To become an RVT, you must complete the two-year Animal Health Technology program and receive your diploma. There are two locations in BC where this can be done. There are also distant learning options available as well.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 6, patients seeing a Veterinarian will be able to have one family member inside the hospital for the duration of the appointment.
Our new policies:
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Please bring a mask if your appointment is in the clinic.
We will continue with a closed door policy for clients wishing to maximize physical distancing. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Campbell River Veterinary Hospital