Veterinary technologists must be registered with the SVMA to be legally able to practice in Saskatchewan.
Veterinary Technologist Membership Categories
An active member is a veterinary technologist who is registered to assist in the practice of veterinary medicine.
A temporary-active member has conditions or limitations imposed by SVMA Council. The temporary-active veterinary technologist is able to assist in the practice of veterinary medicine in accordance with the conditions of their registration.
A provisional member has conditions or limitations imposed by SVMA Council. The provisional veterinary technologist is able to assist in the practice of veterinary medicine in accordance with the conditions of their registration.
A provisional member is awaiting the results of having written the Veterinary Technology National Examination administered by the AAVSB or is registered to write the VTNE at the next available opportunity.
- Short Term
A short-term practice member is a registered veterinary technologist who is registered to assist with the practice of veterinary practice for a period not exceeding 90 days total in any fiscal year. The short-term registration is valid until December 31st in the year in which it is granted.
A student is a member who shall be enrolled, and maintain enrollment, in a CVMA/AVMA accredited program in veterinary technology. A student member shall assist in the practise of veterinary medicine only under the supervision of a General licence veterinarian member or an Active registered veterinary technologist member.
A social membership may be issued to any person who has held membership in the Association or any equivalent veterinary association. Members in this category may not assist in the practice of veterinary medicine in Saskatchewan.
Requirements for Registration
To qualify for membership in the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA), an applicant must:
- be a graduate of veterinary technology from a CVMA/AVMA accredited program
- be at least 18 years of age
- be in good standing with any veterinary association or equivalent body in which membership is or has been held. (name has not been struck from the register and not currently under suspension)
- be legally entitled to work in Canada
Your veterinary technology application cannot be processed until all the required documents have been received.
You cannot assist in the practise of veterinary medicine in Saskatchewan until you have been registered by the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association.
- Completed application.
- Notarized/certified true copy of your veterinary technology diploma. A transcript sent directly to the SVMA office is also acceptable.
- Notarized/certified true copy of your VTNE Result. VTNE results can also be obtained through the AAVSB and sent directly to the SVMA office.
- Letter(s) of standing from other regulatory bodies, if applicable (regulatory body to submit directly to the SVMA)
- Proof of identity
- government issued photo I.D.: driver licence or passport
- Proof of Canadian citizenship
- birth certificate or passport
- If lawfully admitted into and entitled to work in Canada:
- notarized/certified citizenship card, residency card or landed papers
- notarized/certified passport, VISA, work permit or border authorization
- If applicable, provide criminal offense statement.
- Pay applicable SAVT and SVMA fees (as outlined in the 2022 membership fees schedule, 2023 membership fees schedule)
The application process must be completed within four (4) months from the date it was initiated by the applicant or it will be considered lapsed and the process must be re-started. All applications will be processed as quickly as possible, but under no circumstances may the applicant commence practice in Saskatchewan until the application is approved and registration is confirmed.
All new Veterinary Technologists must take a licensing course and write and pass an exam. The November 2019 Licensing Seminar presentations were video-recorded and we now have a 4-hour licensing course ONLINE, with four videos to watch and the exam to complete, which covers:
- information about being a self regulatory body,
- the range of legislation we must abide by,
- how the complaints process works,
- how practice inspection works, and
The in-person licensing seminars are being discontinued. The new online format will ensure that new members are receiving the information they need prior to (or shortly after) beginning working in Saskatchewan. The passing grade for the Licensing Exam is 80%. The Licensing Course is $75 (+GST) and is approved for 4 CE hours. First re-write: $100; Second re-write: $250. If unsuccessful on second re-write, candidate must appear before SVMA Council.
Upon approval of SVMA membership, you will be emailed access information which will allow you to log in to the Online Classroom and register for the Licensing Course. New members must complete the new online licensing course within 30 days of membership approval.