Registered Veterinary Technicians

What is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)?

It can be confusing to understand why it is important that we have RVTs in our practice instead of "vet techs" or "vet assistants." We may refer them as "vet techs" when you are at our clinic but it is important to understand that our techs are specially trained and licensed as nurses for our veterinary patients. In other clinics, "vet tech" and "vet assistant" may refer to someone who has no specialized training and no license requirements to keep them at the forefront of their chosen professions. Our RVTs are requred to obtain continuing education and reapply every other year to maintain their licensures. This means your pets and production animals are receiving the best care we can provide!

The Veterinary Technician Oath

When a technician receives their degree, they take an oath just like veteriniarians do. This is the oath that our technicians have pledged:

"I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and by promoting public health.
I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the profession’s Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a commitment to lifelong learning."

  • Maddy Mealy

    Maddy graduated from the Kirkwood Community College Veterinary Technician Program in 2017. She joined our team in March of 2019. Maddy has 2 cats named Winnie and Pooh Bear, 3 dogs named Bentley, Sophie, and Elvis, and a horse named Roxy. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her horse, working out at the gym, spending time with her friends and family and reading.