Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Program Requirements

The veterinary clinic at which the student is employed must meet certain standards (our benchmark will be the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia Practice Standards document) to be designated as an Animal Health Technology Distance Education Clinic Affiliation Site.

The student must be employed by the CAS for a minimum of twenty hours per week as a Veterinary Assistant for the duration of the semester in which the student is currently enrolled. Volunteering at a facility does not qualify entry into this program.

Please note that the student's course work is not included in the minimum 20 hours per week. This Distance Program will not be effective unless the student is employed in a modern, progressive veterinary clinic for the duration of the course in which they are currently enrolled. Veterinary Technicians are expected to not only understand their field but also be able to perform the tasks that they have learned. This can only be accomplished by physically performing the tasks and repeating them to attain proficiency. The CAS must provide a TRU AHTDE program approved "Clinical Mentor" (either a DVM or RAHT with a minimum of two years post-grad clinical experience) for the student. The Clinical Mentor must be identified in the TRU Clinic Affiliation Form CAF.

The TRU AHTDE Program must have received a CAF from the CAS upon application of the student to the program. This agreement details the responsibilities of the CAS and the Clinical Mentor in regards to student mentoring. In addition it will also verify that the CAS meets or exceeds the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) Practice Standards requirements. This agreement will be automatically renewed annually for the duration of the student's participation in the program unless there has been a change in the student's circumstances.

This program utilizes an on-line delivery system. Therefore, the student must have ready access to the internet. All daily communication between instructors and students is on-line; quizzes and many assignments are completed and submitted over the internet using Moodle. Although high-speed internet is preferred, it is not necessary, but the student should be aware that downloads may be slow.

The theoretical courses will follow a traditional format of quizzes, assignments, a midterm and a final exam. Both the student and the Clinical Mentor will receive course materials at the beginning of the course. Each course will have essential skills assignments that the student must perform to the satisfaction of the Clinical Mentor and the TRU AHTDE Course Instructor. The Clinical Mentor will be asked to sign off on some student assignments. The student, depending on the course and the assignment, will be required from time to time to send in video tapes which demonstrate the student performing a skill. Other submissions may include written work, laboratory materials such as blood films, parasite collections, radiographs and other student generated materials.

Qualifications for the clinic affiliation site
  • AAHA or CVMA approved full service clinic
  • Small (dog and cat) or mixed animal practice
  • Employ student a minimum of 20 hours per week throughout the three-year AHTDE program
Qualifications for the clinical mentor
  • DVM or
  • RAHT / RVT with minimum two years post graduate clinical experience