AHT online - You need to know
|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.
We also recommend that you be employed for a minimum of 3 months before your start 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:
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?|
|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.