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Program Requirements: Mentor Information
1. Mentor requirements:
Those serving as the primary mentor for the student are required to be licensed graduate veterinarians in good standing with the Board of Veterinary Medicine.
The mentor is required to sign an agreement (called a Memorandum of Agreement). This Memorandum is not a binding or legal contract. Its purpose is to document credentials and clarify the mentors’ responsibility. Part of the agreement is to complete a survey regarding clinical tasks and equipment. This is the same document that all veterinary technology programs are required to submit to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) for accreditation
The mentor is required by NOVA to send a copy of their transcript from their college of veterinary medicine to the Head of the Online Program who notifies the Dean of the Natural and Applied Science Division of the Loudoun Campus. After approval, the mentor is then recognized as an honorary adjunct professor and receives an official letter of notification from the college. The college retains the transcript and the mentor should retain their official letter which may be presented to the hospital inspector from the State Board of Veterinary Medicine to verify that the student technician is under proper supervision. Student technicians in the online program are allowed to perform many tasks often reserved for licensed veterinary technicians, but only after they have received training in the program and under supervision of the mentor.
The mentor can assign another qualified individual to assist the student, either another veterinarian or a licensed veterinary technician. This person may help document the practice of clinical tasks and help with supervision of the student.
2. Facility requirements:
The veterinary facility should be registered with the state.
3. Mentor Responsibilities:
Mentors are a key to the student’s success and ultimately the program’s success. Mentors will be responsible for assuring that the student practices the various clinical skills required for program completion under appropriate circumstances. The mentor will also "sign off" (initial) the student’s clinical skills list after observing that the student performs the task adequately. Each semester the student will have a group of clinical skills to accomplish for those courses with a clinical component, and by the end of the semester the skills list should be completed and signed off by the mentor. The student will then be ready for the final exam in the course.
Mentors may also participate in the students’ education in other ways including:
- Regular meetings with students to evaluate progress and work on problem areas
- Helping students, if needed, with advice on class assignments or study skills.
- Informal teaching sessions, discussing current cases and how they relate to current online course material.
- Informal presentations or quizzes relating to current classes.
- Sharing resource material with students such as text books and journals.
- Regular communication with college faculty, by phone, email or faculty visits
- Joining an emeeting as an expert guest for some of the online classes
There is no set time requirement to spend on any one course. The time required to complete the course requirements will vary depending upon the semester and student.
Some semesters, the classes may require minimum clinical work or the clinical tasks required might be things the student is already doing on a regular basis. Other semesters might require much more time from both the mentors and students. For example, if the student or hospital does not regularly do complete blood counts, during the semester that VET 131 (Hematology) is taught, the hematology equipment will have to be brought out and techniques reviewed by both mentor and student.
Students are told to plan for 2-3 hours of study/practice for every hour in class. Most of the time they will be taking the equivalent of 6 to 7 hours per week of course work, which would mean another 12-20 hours a week of study outside of class. These are only guidelines and will vary among students. During midterm and final exam time, the student is often under additional pressure for time to study and prepare.