A voice for her cause
Shannon Brownrigg was presented the OAVT RVT Outstanding Contributions Award by OAVT director Nancy MacFarlane, RVT. Courtesy photo

ONTARIO – The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT) registered veterinary technologists (RVT) Outstanding Contributions Award is awarded to a RVT who has demonstrated support for the profession and has contributed a progressive impact on the association while continuing to enhance the images of members of the OAVT through example.

This year, executive director for the registered veterinary technologists and technicians of Canada, Shannon Brownrigg is the recipient of this award after being nominated by her employers, to which she admits is a huge honour.

“It was a colleague, a board member who nominated me and that’s really special to me,” she said. “They’re technically my employers so that even has a bigger impact. I know they appreciate the work I do but that’s an added level of appreciation and value.”

Brownrigg feels the reason she was nominated and won the award is because she, along with the whole association, continue to make great strides for the RVT profession, as well being an advocate for the organization.

“In my role, I have a great opportunity to meet RVTs across Canada. It’s an honour and a pleasure to serve RVTs across the country and help and support them any way that I can,” she said. “I also advocate for them on so many different platforms. So, at the national level for the past couple of years, we’ve made some great strides by raising the scope, the awareness and the voice of RVTs in the global veterinary community.”

When Brownrigg found out she had won the award, she described her reaction as being humbled, inspired and was very grateful.

“It’s very humbling to be awarded something that has so much passion,” she said. “I’m no longer working in the practice on the clinical level but I’m out there everyday, subconsciously, helping them everyday to do their jobs better. So, it’s very humbling to receive an award just for doing that.”