Veterinary Technology

Preceptor Information

Checking Cats HeartbeatThe Role of Preceptors

Students are also required to have a preceptor, or preceptors. in their practice to guide them through their studies. The preceptor(s) must be a veterinarian or a credentialed veterinary technician.  The preceptor  serves as the student's mentor and as an instructor in clinical exercises.

Preceptor Responsibilities

1. An approved preceptor must monitor all course required clinical hands-on tasks.

2. Preceptors are encouraged to obtain feedback from all practice personnel as to the student's progress and performance during the course, but only preceptors should directly monitor and evaluate the required Course Task Checklists in upper tier classes.
3. Preceptors are encouraged to monitor the students’ grade book to insure that the student is on schedule and completing assignments and exams at the required time intervals.
4. Preceptors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the course guide, preceptor handbook, and course requirements to prevent any delay in the progress of the student through the course assignments.
5. Preceptors should maintain the strictest standards of academic honesty and integrity.
6. Many assignments are based on video or text reading assignments. Preceptors should feel free to assist students in these activities. Preceptors can help clarify the material, answer specific questions, or offer personal insights into the functions of a veterinary practice.
7. Preceptors should be willing to dedicate the time required to accomplish their responsibilities to help insure the success of the student. It will usually take two hours per week per class of general clinical time to complete preceptor duties.
8. Preceptors are encouraged to contact the student’s course instructor if they have any questions or concerns and to facilitate good communication.

Preceptor Requirements

Preceptors must possess one of the following credentials:

  • A DVM/VMD degree from an AVMA accredited institution
  • Be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in their state
  • Be a graduate of an AVMA/CVTEA accredited program of veterinary technology
  • Be credentialed as an R.V.T or its equivalent
  • All foreign credentials will be considered on a case-by-case basis

For more information, please call Sherry Hair, Program Advisor at (888) 313-3838. Or send an email to