Veterinary Technology

Off Campus Clinical Instruction (OCCI) Requirements

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.  For additional information and to begin the application process click Companion Animal OCCI Site Application.


Food and Farm Animal OCCI Requirements

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.  For additional information and to begin the application proces click Food and Farm Animal OCCI Site Application



Prior to final approval of an OCCI facility, a Student Clinical Experience Agreement must be signed by the facility and the college.  This agreement will be mailed to the primary preceptor upon receipt of the OCCI site application and preliminary approval by the VTDLP program director.  The primary preceptor must then sign the agreement and mail the original copy back to the college for signature by the school dean.  For a sample copy of the agreement click Sample Student Clinical Experience Agreement.



Cindy Painter: or (505) 566-4047


San Juan College
Veterinary Technology Department
4601 College Blvd.
Farmington, NM  87402




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