- I have been asked to be a mentor, what do I have to do?
- How much time does it take to be a mentor?
- What does my practice have to have for a student to complete a clinical mentorship?
- Why do I have to fill out paperwork to be a mentor?
- How do I pay for my student's education?
- I have concerns about the student I am working with, who do I contact?
- I have concerns about the program, who do I contact?
A mentor can only be a veterinarian or a credentialed veterinary technician/nurse. A mentor is the coach or guide that assists a student to become proficient in the technical skills required as a veterinary technician/nurse. As a mentor, you are the eyes and ears for the Purdue VNDL program. Utilizing the clinical mentorship logbooks, mentors ensure that a student is performing specific hands-on skills to the standards and criteria set by Purdue.
For most tasks, a video must be submitted showing the student completing the task according to Purdue's criteria. It is important for both the student and the mentor to be familiar with the criteria for successful completion of each task. While Purdue recognizes that there are different ways to accomplish the tasks, all students in the program are evaluated using the same criteria. The Purdue VNDL program instructors must give final approval regarding successful task completion.
Being a mentor can take some time, but the end result is that a mentor may have a veterinary technician/nurse who will be proficient, job ready, and familiar with the practice's policies, procedures, and staff. The specific time and level of involvement varies based on the tasks and student's level of experience. There can be several mentors in a practice to assist in sharing the load.
The clinical mentorships take place in a veterinary facility that meets the VNDL program’s requirements. Each clinical mentorship has a different set of requirements based on the tasks required for that mentorship. The requirements for each mentorship are located in the facility certification document specific to that mentorship. These documents are located within each clinical mentorship link located here. The facility requirements include equipment, supplies and sometimes the species or types of cases necessary to complete the tasks.
There are several legal documents that need to be completed prior to a student registering for a clinical mentorship. The two that pertain to a mentor are:
- Clinical Mentorship and Facility Requirement Agreement:This agreement is between you (the mentor), the student, and Purdue University. It states that the Clinical Mentorship site will provide students with all equipment, supplies, and cases they need for the successful completion of all tasks.
- Clinical Mentorship Supervisor Agreement: This document is filled out by each person who will oversee specific mentorship task completion for the student.
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