Many students have stated that the clinical experience portion of the program was what they enjoyed the most, learning to apply what they covered in the online courses to "real life." Under the guidance of their practice mentor(s), the student is given the opportunity to work on hands-on skills that were outlined in the online portions.
The clinical mentor will be either a credentialed veterinary technician (LVT, CVT, or RVT) or a licensed veterinarian. The clinical mentor works with the student, guided by the skills checklist developed by VetMedTeam, providing skills training and verification. This requirement takes learning to the next level: application.
The on-site location must be a full service veterinary practice providing medical care to privately owned cats and dogs. Shelters or spay/neuter clinics, for example, do not qualify. As the NAVTA program does not address equine or large animal, an equine practice does not qualify.
The clinical cannot be started until all online work is completed and approved by VetMedTeam.