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Continuing Education

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All CE Submissions must be uploaded to member's account electronically by the end of member's term!  The documentation is required for purposes of audit and without documentation the CE is ineligible.  CLICK HERE to access the tracking form to be used when documentation for a CE activity is not available.  


Continuing Education is mandatory to maintain Active Membership
Continuing Education adds to our credibility and helps us develop as a profession. In attending continuing education events, technologists show initiative in learning about new techniques, products and trends in the industry that will benefit their clients.  Completing appropriate CE can be a win-win-win for the RVT, client, and clinic.  Click here for more information and research on this.


Bylaw: 6.1.g.i. - to maintain active membership, a member must accumulate a minimum of twenty (20) continuing education credits, approved by the board of directors, every two (2) years beginning January 1, of the year following date of registration.




There will be no carry-over from term-to-term however you have the entire two years to get the twenty (20) continuing education credits.  


Category 1

At least eighteen (18) credits of the required twenty (20) must be received from Category 1 however all credits could be received from this category.  One (1) credit in Category 1 requires one (1) hour of education.  A half hour would mean you get half a Continuing Education credit.  If a Continuing Education activity is RACE approved for a number of credits the SAVT will accept it for the same amount.  For specific events and activities and the CE eligible for each please see the table below.  

Category 1 will be made up of the following four subcategories:

Continuing Education in Clinical Veterinary Medicine and Science
Science or clinical based Continuing Education, supported by applied or basic research, that has been presented in peer-reviewed scientific literature, or has been typically presented at accredited schools of veterinary medicine or nationally recognized organizations or institutions. For example, dentistry, hematology, radiology, anesthesiology, etcetera.    

Continuing Education in Disciplines That Have An Impact on Animal Health and Welfare
Disciplines such as animal nutrition, management, husbandry, behavior, alternative and complimentary therapies are appropriate.  As these areas are essential to animal health and welfare, they are desirable Continuing Education opportunities, provided that the other conditions outlined in this policy are met. 

Continuing Education That Have An Impact on the Profession of Veterinary Medicine
Continuing Education in areas that have an impact on the profession of veterinary medicine is encouraged.  These may include areas of policy development, legislation, regulations and governance. 

Continuing Education That Impact on the Delivery of Veterinary Medical Services
Disciplines such as practice management, communication, conflict resolution and employment standards are increasingly necessary for veterinary technologists and office managers. 

Other areas may be considered, provided they are relevant to animal health and welfare and if they enhance the member’s skill in the delivery of veterinary services.       

Category 2

Credits from this category will include personal wellness, self-improvement, and overall enrichment of the individual member.  This category is meant to combat personal and professional burn-out and promote the longevity of Registered Veterinary Technologists in the profession of Veterinary Medicine.  A credit in Category 2 requires two (2) hours for every credit.  A maximum of two (2) CE credits can be received from this category however there is not a requirement to get any CE in this category is they are all received from Category 1.  When uploading documentation for this category you must include how your activity contributes to your personal wellness, self-improvement, and overall enrichment.  

Representative and Exhibitor Continuing Education Credits

Representatives and exhibitors who attend conferences focused on veterinary medicine will receive credits for their attendance and participation in enhancing their skills and the skills of members of the veterinary community.  The credits will be based on the table below:

Days of the Conference

Amount of Credits Awarded

1-2 days

2 credits

3-4 days

4 credits

5+ days

5 credits


Maximum Values

Below are examples of Category 1 activities that are not easily gauged per hour and have therefore been allocated a maximum value.  This does not include all activities however, if members require clarification on an activity they can contact the SAVT office.

Certification in a Veterinary Technologist Specialty (VTS) or other professional designation

20 credits

Post-secondary level course in animal health/science, welfare, business, professional development, administration, communication, etcetera

10 credits per course

Direct practicum supervisor

5 credit maximum per year

Submit an article to a Veterinary Medicine magazine or other publication surrounding Veterinary Medicine that is published

4 credits per article

Submit an unpublished article to the SAVT office for review

1 credit per article

Seminars, courses, wet labs, workshops, or hands-on clinic

1 credit per hour

VMC/WCVM Seminars or Rounds

1 credit per hour

Participate in a spay/neuter clinic

5 credits per day

SAVT Annual General Meeting Attendance

1 credit

Complete the SAVT Wage Survey

5 credits

Serve on the SAVT Board of Directors for the full year

6 credits

Serve on an SAVT Committee for the full year

3 credits

Public meeting, public education, or volunteering directly related to veterinary medicine and/or animal health and welfare (VetaVision, SAVT Booth, Be-a-Tree presentation)

1 credit per 1 hour

Representatives and exhibitors who attend approved conferences

Maximum 10 per term