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VTEC 1815: Veterinary Clinical Work & Correspondence 1


Note: An incomplete or failure in either or both of the two concurrent academic courses taken this term, will result in an automatic incomplete in this Clinical Work and Correspondence course. Any incomplete courses will need to be repeated.

Students’ essential skills, as well as, professional communication skills with clinical placement, provincial veterinary technology associations/regulatory bodies and the onsite Thompson Rivers University Veterinary Technology Program are monitored throughout the course. Veterinary Clinical Work & Correspondence 1 involves entry level competencies in the first year of the Veterinary Technology Open Learning Diploma.

Learning outcomes

  1. Maintain a minimum of 260 hours paid work per semester in a full service Canadian veterinary hospital or clinic.
  2. Confirm required level of professional supervision is present at selected location of clinical placement.
  3. Complete TRU WHMIS & the Veterinary WHMIS Training.
  4. Perform, or demonstrate knowledge of essential skill procedures outlined in VTEC 1101 and VTEC 1593.
  5. Complete and submit the Essential Skills Workbook demonstrating completion of skills outlined in VTEC 1101 and VTEC 1593.
  6. Reflect on skills learned, mentorship and professional communication.

Course topics

Module 1: Preparing for Veterinary Clinical Work and Correspondence

Module 2: Connecting with your Community

Module 3: Documenting Your Skills

Required text and materials

The following textbook would have been purchased in VTEC 1101 and/or VTEC 1593. Students who don't already own the required textbook, will need to purchase it. To do so, please contact Enrolment Services at or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).

  1. Bassert, J.M. (2022). McCurnin’s clinical textbook for veterinary technicians (10th ed.) Elsevier.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 9780323722001


This is a pass/fail course. There are no graded assessments, but students must complete and submit proof of the following:

  • Clinical Check-in 1
  • Clinical Check-in 2
  • Clinical Check-in 3
  • Final Document Submissions

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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