The OABP, in partnership with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, is pleased to offer a full day of bovine continuing education for Registered Veterinary Technicians on Wednesday, November 27th.  This year we will be visiting four locations to learn about opportunities for RVTs in a variety of roles both in clinics and on farms. Registration is limited to 30 participants, so sign up early!

Registration is open to all RVTs and support staff until Friday, November 8th – after this date, students may then register for the remaining spaces available.  

Cost for the day is:      $75.00    (Includes lunch - for more information about lunch options click here.)

*Registrants please dress appropriately for farm visits – you’ll need clean boots and appropriate warm clothing.  Please do not wear clothing that has been worn on another farm without laundering in between.  Boot covers will be provided at each location.

Worth 4 CE credits with the OAVT (credits will automatically be added into OAVT RVTs' CE Records after the event). 

Questions regarding registration can be sent to Natalie Thomas at 

Questions regarding the program can be sent to Charlotte Winder at 
Agenda - Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
7:45a - 8:15a - Meet to park, register and prepare for the day at the University of Guelph Dairy Research and Innovation Center, 6185 2 Line East, Centre Wellington, ON
9:15a - 10:15a - Mapleview Agri Ltd. (Palmerston)
10:45a - 11:45a - Heartland Veterinary Clinic (Listowel)
12:15p - 1:15p -  Lunch – Veky’s International Cuisine (Listowel)
1:30p - 2:30p - Conlee Farms Inc. (Listowel)
3:15p - 4:15p - Linwood area dairy farms with RVTs of Linwood Veterinary Services (Linwood area)
5:00p - 5:30p - Refreshment break, questions, evaluations
5:30p - 6:00p - Optional tour of the Dairy Research and Innovation Centre (Elora)
About our hosts…
Conlee Farms Inc. (Host: dairy farmer Alanna Coneybeare)
Conlee is a Holstein herd featuring an automated milking system in addition to other innovative management solutions.  The herd is primarily managed by Alanna Coneybeare, who is a strong agvocate for food policy, sustainability, and food systems. Alanna is involved in all aspects of the farm, and represents her community, women in agriculture, and the dairy industry on many different platforms.
Heartland Veterinary Clinic (Hosts: Dr. Kelly Barratt, Crystal Cullen RVT, Sam Koetsier RVT, Taylor May RVT, Sarah O’Grady, Sharyl Robertson, and Chantelle VanderPloeg RVT, Heartland Veterinary Services)
Heartland Vets is a mixed animal multi-location practice with 20 veterinarians, 12 of whom focus on food animals.  Heartland is proud to have 6 RVTs/auxiliaries who contribute to the large animal services offered.  Their role involves working both in-clinic and on-farm doing sample collection, laboratory work, disbudding, assisting with milk culture and udder health programs, herd health programs for youngstock and mature animals, surgery, radiography and embryo transfer. 
Linwood area dairy farm (Host: Dr. Andrew MacLeod, Brandi Kent RVT and Krystle Allison RVT, Linwood Veterinary Services)
We will visit a 30-milking cow herd which has been successful in integrating RVTs in their on-farm practices.  Linwood Veterinary Services offers a variety of on-farm services, including sample collection (milk, blood, manure), setting up and implementing ketosis testing programs, measuring heifer growth, assessing calf records, testing calves for passive transfer, and entering farm data into record keeping systems.
Mapleview Agri Ltd. (Host: Rachel Genore, RVT)
Mapleview Agri is a family owned company involved in raising male dairy calves as well as the production of milk replacer that is shipped all over Ontario. One aspect of the business is the research facility, where ingredients, supplements, and treatments can be evaluated for their impact on calf health. The facility closely monitors many aspects of calf health, the state of male dairy calf health and welfare in the area, as well as performance. Together with ACER Consulting, they have the capacity to perform a wide variety of non-invasive research with the help of an RVT and veterinarian/epidemiologist. 

OABP Continuing Education Meeting for RVTs

  • Wednesday Nov 27 2019, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • University of Guelph Dairy Research and Innovation Center
    6185 2nd Line East
    Centre Wellington, Ontario