Agricultural Sciences

AHT online - You need to know

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Proud Sponsor:
You're likely excited about the possibility of taking the AHT program online. 
We want you to be.
We also want you to be prepared not just for the opportunities, but also the challenges of being an online student while you work.
Read through the questions - some are about requirements. You may need to discuss some of the questions with your employer and or a potential mentor.
You may also need more information from us. If you do, take a look through some of our specific pages, or please contact the enrolment specialist.
Do I already have a job at a veterinary facility?
One of the requirements of the program is that you work at least 20 hours per week at a vet clinic It can be a small animal or mixed practice.
You must also be employed for a minimum of 3 months to be eligible for the program.
You must remain employed at a clinic for the 3 years of the program. Volunteering at a clinic doesn't qualify you to either enter or remain in the program.
Do I have what it takes to be an online student?
1. Are you a self-starter? Are you:
  • able to work by yourself?
  • highly organized?
  • self-motivated?
  • a great time manager?
It takes a lot of discipline to keep up with two courses plus have a job.
One requirement of this program is that you work at least 20 hours per week, plus do all the course work and hands-on labs. Your course work is not counted in the 20 years of work. Weigh those time commitments against what else is going on in your life.
2. Online courses aren't easier and less academic challenging.
The online program has exactly the same academic requirements and exactly the same courses.
It’s a demanding program even when you'l a full-time student on campus.
You will take a minimum of 2 courses in each of 3 semesters every year for 3 years. You'll have July and August off, but for the rest of the year you’ll be taking classes with deadlines.
3. Online doesn't fit all learning styles, so it isn't for everyone.​
If you need the support of peers, the structure of a classroom and being able to talk to classmates and instructors face-to-face, online might not be for you.
Do I have the technical skills and equipment?
  1. What kind of computer do you have? It doesn't really matter if it's a desktop or a laptop, but you'll likely need more than a tablet.
  2. What software is on your computer?  You'll need basic word processing and email.
  3. What browser do you use? You'll need to have an up-to-date browser. Likely you'll need the abilities of Chrome or Firefox to both do your work and access D2L, the learning platform where you access your course.
  4. Do you have access to high speed internet? If you don't, you may have difficulty accessing and sending assignments.
  5. Can you upload and download videos, photos and documents? Videos of you doing clinic skills will be required. You don't need a fancy camera. Your smart phone will likely work, but you'll need to know how to email or  transfer the video to your computer
You'll also need to be familiar with a veterinary office management software. This is one of the reasons you need to have had a job at a vet clinic for at least 3 months before the online program starts.
Will my employer support me as a student?
This is a long-term commitment by both you and the clinic where you work.
You will ask your employer and a mentor to sign on for a 3 year commitment. This means the minimum of 20 hours of work in addition to time for you to do clinic skills for assignments.
There is a formal Clinic of Employment form that you, your employer and your mentor must sign in order for you to be accepted into the program.
This agreement will be renewed automatically every year. If circumstances change, an amended or new agreement may be needed.
Is someone at my work willing to be my official mentor?
You will need to have at least one mentor. Your mentor, or mentors, must be either a veterinarian (DVM) or a registered veterinary technician (RVT) with a minimum of 2 years post-grad clinical experience.
Your mentor(s) have to be named and sign off on the Clinic of Employment form.
Your mentor isn't your instructor. They may be asked to sign off on student assignments. 
Please see  for clinics and mentors page.
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– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

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