Course Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall
Prerequisite Courses: VCS 147, VCS 230
Instructor: Pam Phegley, RVT
This is the second of 3 Clinical Mentorships in Small Animal Nursing. This Clinical Mentorship will require the student to work with a small animal veterinary care facility to practice several tasks under the supervision of a clinical mentor (veterinarian or credentialed Veterinary Technician). This Clinical Mentorship focuses on the principles of venipuncture, catheter placement, various methods of urine collection, vaginal cytology, dental prophylaxis and diagnostic ECG tracings. In order to achieve the goals for this Clinical Mentorship, the tasks must be performed to the level of competency as outlined by the Criteria outlined in the Criteria Handbook and Log Book for each task. The student is responsible for providing documentation for each task as defined by the Materials Submitted for Evaluation and Verification section on each task. In addition to the documentation, the student will be evaluated by the Clinical Mentorship site supervisor on how well the student met the outlined Criteria for each task. Final approval of successful performance and completion of the Clinical Mentorship will be made by the Purdue University instructor in charge of the Clinical Mentorship based upon the documentation provided by the student. The Purdue University instructor in charge has the option to require additional documentation if, in their judgment, the student has not performed the task to the level set by the Criteria, or if the documentation does not clearly demonstrate this. Documentation of completed tasks is essential to validating the educational process and insuring that the performance of graduates of the Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program meets the standards of quality required by the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine faculty and the American Veterinary Medical Association accrediting bodies.