Is Veterinary Technology For You?
Technology has allowed educators to develop Open Learning courses that are equal to campus courses in many disciplines. However, the student must realize that training online does not suit all learning styles and that many individuals do not do well learning in this manner. The virtual learner needs to be someone who does not mind working alone and who is highly organized and self motivated.
In our TRU Veterinary Technology Open Learning Diploma program we require that the student be working in a full-service veterinary clinic/hospital (small or mixed practice) during their studies so there are opportunities for discussion and guidance but it is not the same as learning in a classroom environment surrounded by your peers. In all university courses, time lines and keeping up with your studies are important, but they are even more so in online courses.
A myth of online courses is that they are easier and are less of an academic challenge. This is definitely not the case. All course work is in addition to working (paid employment) a minimum of 260 hours per semester in a veterinary clinic.
We find that in order to be successful in this program, the student should have been working in a veterinary clinic for at least six months. It is crucial that you have the support of your clinic and coworkers during your time in this program. Starting our program and a new job does not allow time to build up a rapport with your coworkers, which could lead to conflicts and a lack of co-operation.