The Veterinary Experience Program (VEP) is a learner-centred program established at the Ontario Veterinary College to provide crossover between academy and the world of work. The program is designed to provide you with the opportunity to spend a day 'on the job' with a practicing veterinarian on a one to one basis. Practices have the opportunity to educate and observe potential recruits.
Program Objectives Provide an opportunity for DVM students to:
- Explore different aspects of veterinary medicine they maybe considering as a career option
- Provide an opportunity for DVM students to apply classroom theory in the current workplace
- Integrate current DVM students with alumni and non-alumni practitioners for the purpose of networking and career planning.
NB: If you would like to interact with a specific type of practical setting not listed on the site (i.e. international, research, industy, etc.), or if you would like to connect with a clinic in your home town the next time you visit, please contact Elizabeth at email@example.com. We will try to arrange the initial contact with an OVC graduate to match your interests. Please provide us with 3 weeks notice for this type of placement.
Prior to the visit
- Contact the clinic at least 3 weeks prior to your desired date - THIS SITE DOES NOT REGISTER YOU WITH A CLINIC, YOU MUST DO SO ON YOUR OWN
- When contacting the practice, please identify yourself as an OVC student and VEP participant. This means that you are expecting to job shadow a veterinarian
- Ask which veterinarian you will be working with
- Confirm experience date and time, and the location of the clinic
- You must understand, sign and return the liability waiver form to Elizabeth Lowenger, Room 2654 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Once you have arranged the visit REGISTER it on this site.
- Arrive at least 15 minutes early
- Be sure to dress appropriately for the day; lab coat, overalls, safety shoes, warm clothes (especially when shadowing large animal practitioners). Bring your blue shop coat
- Wear your CVMA name badge
- Pack a snack/lunch
- Ask your mentor how they would like to arrange the day
- Where should you stand while they are conducting examinations?
- What istheir comfort level?
- Discuss interaction with other staff members
- Discuss what your expectations are for the day as well
- Be sure to ask questions at appropriate times. Do not ask questions or discuss diagnosis while a client is present. Carry a paper and pen to jot down your ideas/questions and ask them when you are one on one with your mentor.
- Ask your mentor whether they would mind if you followed up (telephone or e-mail ) should you think of any questions
- Send a note of thanks to the practice
- Send a brief e-mail to email@example.com outlining your experience and offer any feedback that you can. Your feedback is important to the success of this program.