Veterinary Technology

Off Campus Clinical Instruction (OCCI) Requirements

(Links to all required forms and contact information are located at the bottom of this page)

Off-Campus Clinical Instruction

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Companion Animal OCCI Requirements

All students are required to have an approved Companion Animal (small animal) OCCI site and approved preceptor prior to registering for upper tier courses (tiers 2-4).

To be an approved OCCI site, veterinary care facilities and preceptors must meet certain minimum criterion that is set by the AVMA accreditation body. These standards must be maintained to ensure that students in the VTDLP receive a quality education that stresses acceptable medical standards. Each OCCI site and preceptor must make formal application and agree to follow these standards in order to be approved.  All paperwork should be received at least 90 days prior to the first day of class to ensure adequate processing time (see academic calendar for exact dates) of the semester in which the student enters Tier II courses.  All paperwork and facilities must be approved prior to registering for upper tier courses.

Food and Farm Animal OCCI Requirements

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presentation regarding the 
Fast Track Lab Option

In addition to the companion animal OCCI requirements, tier 4 students are also required to complete clinical tasks on food and farm animals.  Students have two options for completing this portion of their clinical requirements. 

  1. The student may request that a local large animal facility be approval as an OCCI site. Students in large animal OCCI facilities will be required to perform general equine anesthesia, including the induction of anesthesia, monitoring of the patient, and the successful recovery from anesthesia using either injectable or inhalant anesthesia.  The facility must submit an OCCI Site Agreement and submit photos of all of the required on site large animal equipment.  The student will be required to do an additional video when taking VETT 233 to meet the course requirements.
  2. The Student may attend a Fast Track Lab which will provide the student with the required large animal clinical experience, as well as the required laboratory animal tasks.  No video is required for this option.
Click here to view a short presentation regarding the Fast Track Lab option

OCCI Site Application

This form must be completed and submitted by the person who is applying to be the primary preceptor for the facility. 

Please note that a preceptor must be a doctor of veterinary medicine (licensed DVM or VMD) or a credentialed veterinary technician (RVT, LVT, CVT or a graduate of an AVMA approved veterinary technology program). Furthermore, all veterinary technician applicants will be required to submit a copy of their current state licensure or proof of graduation from an approved veterinary technology program.  IMPORTANT CHANGE:  FACILITIES ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO SUBMIT PHOTOS AS PART OF THE APPROVAL PROCESS

Dog with a bandageAdditional Preceptor Application

In addition to the primary preceptor, the facility may apply to have additional preceptors approved. Provided the preceptors satisfy the requirements listed above for primary preceptors, there are no limits to the number of applicants that can be approved.

Health Risk and Liability Acknowledgement

The Health Risk and Liability Acknowledgement must be on file for each student prior to registering for upper tier courses. The form must be signed in front of a notary public and must have a visible seal or notary stamp for it to be accepted. The student need only complete this form one time. You may mail, fax, or email this form to us using the contact information below.

Facility FERPA form

All students must complete and submit a FERPA form granting permission for the program staff to discuss their coursework with the personnel at each of their OCCI sites.

Below are the links to the required forms:

Facility Standards

To be approved as an off-campus clinical instruction (OCCI) site for the San Juan College Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program, veterinary care facilities must meet certain minimum standards regarding hospital staff, equipment, and practice quality. Each OCCI site must agree to follow these standards in order to be approved. These minimum standards must be met in order to assure that students receive adequate exposure to quality veterinary medical practices and equipment.  By submitting the OCCI Site Application form, you are agreeing to abide by these standards.  Please click on the following link to review these standards:  Click to view Facility Standards

OCCI Site Application Forms

(Complete the OCCI Site Application from one of the three approval types below)

These forms open directly in your browser and must be completed and submitted online.  Once you begin, you must complete and submit the entire form before exiting.  If you should need to take a break while completing the form, it is suggested that you keep the page open until you return.  Failure to do so will require that you begin again from the beginning.  For additional instructions in completing the forms click hereFACILITIES ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO SUBMIT PHOTOS AS PART OF THE APPROVAL PROCESS.

  1. OCCI Site Application Companion Animal Facility Only  (most common type - click here for sample form)
  2. OCCI Site Application Companion and Food/Farm Animal Facility  (please read information regarding food/farm animal OCCI requirements above before selecting this category - click here for sample form)
  3. OCCI Site Application Food/Farm Animal Facility Only (please read information regarding food/farm animal OCCI requirements above before selecting this category - click here for sample form)

 Additional OCCI Forms To be Submitted

Additional Preceptor Application (must be completed by each additional preceptor)

Health Risk and Liability Acknowledgement   (Must be completed by student and notarized)

FERPA form for OCCI facility personnel (Form to be completed by student naming each OCCI site for which each student is associated)


PHONE:  505-566-3843 (Pat Roach) or 505-566-4047 (Cindy Painter)


Fax:  505-566-3570


San Juan College VTDLP
Pat Roach, Rm 1113
4601 College.Blvd
Farmington, NM  87402 

For more information, please call Sherry Hair, Program Advisor at (888) 313-3838. Or send us an email at