Companion Animal facility requirements 

All students are required to have an approved Companion Animal (small animal) OCCI site and approved preceptor prior to registering for upper tier courses (tiers 2-4).  Students must have access to, and be able to utilize the most common species of companion animals, most commonly dogs and cats.  In addition, the student must have access to the equipment necessary to perform the required clinical tasks. Facilities that do not have all of the required equipment, such as local animal shelters or specialty clinics, may be approved with concerns and with the understanding that students will need to secure a secondary facility to complete the remainder of their tasks.  Although students are encouraged to seek paid employment at their OCCI sites, it is not manditory, and many students have served as volunteers while completing their clinical requirements.

Facility Standards

To be approved as an off-campus clinical instruction (OCCI) site for the San Juan College Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program, veterinary care facilities must meet certain minimum standards regarding hospital staff, equipment, and practice quality. Each OCCI site must agree to follow these standards in order to be approved. These minimum standards must be met in order to assure that students receive adequate exposure to quality veterinary medical practices and equipment.  By submitting the OCCI Site Application form, you are agreeing to abide by these standards.  Please click on the following link to review these standards:  Click to view Facility Standards

Applying for Companion Animal OCCI Site Approval

The application form must be completed and submitted by the person who is applying to be the primary preceptor for the facility.  Please note that a preceptor must be a doctor of veterinary medicine (licensed DVM or VMD) or a credentialed veterinary technician (RVT, LVT, CVT or a graduate of an AVMA approved veterinary technology program).  Furthermore, all veterinary technician applicants will be required to submit a copy of his or her current state licensure or diploma from an approved veterinary technology program.  

Below are the links to additional instructions, a sample of a completed form, as well as the actual facility application form.  The application opens directly in your browser and must be completed and submitted online.

How to apply for facility OCCI Approval 

Sample of a completed form

OCCI Site Application Companion Animal Facility 


Frequently Asked Questions


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Off-Campus Clinical Instructional Site (OCCI) Requirements

What are the hands-on clinical requirements and tasks for the program?
What are the criteria for a clinical site in Tier 2, 3, and 4?
What species of animals are necessary to meet OCCI requirements?
Can you help place students in OCCI sites that do not already have one?
How long does it take to complete clinical hands-on assignments?
How does the program verify student’s clinical work?