Program Requirements

The student must be employed by the Clinic Affiliation Site (CAS) for a minimum of 260 paid hours per semester (13-week period) 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. This online 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 Open Learning VTEC Program approved Clinical Mentor (either a DVM or RVT 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 VTEC Program must have received a Clinic Affiliation Form with the student application. 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 clinic meets or exceeds the CVBC/CVMA Practice Standards.

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 high speed internet. All daily communication between instructors and students is on-line; quizzes and many assignments are completed and submitted over the internet using Moodle. Therefore students taking the online program should have basic computer, program and video uploading knowledge.

Qualifications for the Clinic Affiliation Site

  • CVBC/CVMA approved full-service clinic
  • Small (dog and cat) or mixed animal practice
  • Employ student a minimum of 260 hours per semester throughout the three-year VTEC OL Program (volunteering at a clinic does not qualify you for admission)
  • Must provide proof of long-term employment (greater than six months) with application

Qualifications for the Clinical Mentor(s)

  • DVM (licensed to practice in Canada) or
  • Credentialed RVT with minimum two years post graduate clinical experience
  • You may have multiple CMs
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