Clinical Mentorship Information

Using the basic information supplied in the pre-requisite courses as well as skills developed working with a veterinarian, each of the Clinical Mentorships is designed to allow the student to document acquisition of technical skills to the level required by Purdue University's Veterinary Nursing Program.

Students will typically document most of the required technical skill tasks at the veterinary facility in which they are employed or with whom they have developed a volunteer or working relationship. The veterinary facility is required to meet certain basic requirements as they relate to available equipment and supplies. These are described in the Logbook for each Clinical Mentorship (click on mentorships below to see the Logbook as well as contracts and other materials). It is expected that more than one veterinary facility will need to be utilized to document required acquisition of technicial skills in all of the different species.

The type of required documentation is described in detail in the Logbooks and may include video taping, submission of materials produced, or other objective documentation that will be reviewed by Purdue University instructors.

Mentorships may be done at any point in the program, providing the student has completed the prerequisite coursework for the mentorship. With instructor permission, some mentorships may be taken concurrently with a prerequisite course. Prerequisites are listed in the Course Catalog under each individual mentorship.

Video Camera Recommendations: 

Videos may be any format providing they can be downloaded to a computer and submitted appropriately.  Video should be submitted by one of the following methods:

  1. in the Media Gallery of Blackboard.  This is the preferred method of submission, since it does not limit how much is put on, is no cost to the student, and automatically archives.
  2. by an online source such as Dropbox.  If a password is required to open videos submitted with an online service, the password must be provided by the student. These methods may not be acceptable if they cannot be archived.
  3. by sending on a DVD or flash drive by regular mail to the address below.

Mentorship Workshop Information

If you are interested in a mentorship, click on the appropriate link below. Print off all the related documents, read them carefully, complete all information, obtain signatures from the appropriate people and mail to Purdue.

Contact Pam Phegley with any questions at 765-496-6809 or

Once documents are completed, return all forms and check to the VNDL office:

Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Program
Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine
625 Harrison St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2026

You may fax completed forms to 765-496-2873.  Checks must still be mailed to the office and must be received before you will be allowed to register for the mentorship.

Mentorship registration for courses will be delayed until all mentorship paperwork is received, verified and processed at Purdue. Contracts should be completed, signed and submitted as early as possible to allow time for processing and permission to register before the semester begins.  Liability Insurance requires that a check be mailed (no online payment is available), so time must be allowed for that to arrive in the office as well.  Important information is sent to mentorship students before/at the beginning of each semester, and will not be sent until the student is registered in the course.  Due dates will not be adjusted for late registration for a mentorship.

Failure to submit all required materials, including the Liability Insurance check, to the Veterinary Nursing office by 5:00 p.m. ET the Monday before  classes begin will prevent a student from registering for the mentorship in that semester. The due date for Spring mentorship paperwork may be significantly earlier due to Purdue Winter Recess.

The following links will take you to the text of the Code of Conduct, Health Risk and Insurance Acknowledgment, Release of Liability, and Technical Standards.  The links below are NOT the actual agreements that you and/or your mentor will need to sign and date and submit to the Veterinary Nursing Office.  You can find the actual agreements within each separate clinical mentorship course link above.


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