Open Learning Faculty Member (Online) VTEC 2855: Veterinary Clinical Work and Correspondence 5

Thompson Rivers University


October 15, 2021


Application Restrictions

Open to both Internal and external

Job Type

Open Learning Faculty Member

Posting In effect from


Closing Application Date



Regular Continuous

Teaching Allocation Percentage (TAP)


Anticipated Start Date


Position End Date (If Applicable)


Students' essential skills, as well as, professional communication skills with clinical placement, provincial veterinary technology associations/regulatory bodies and the onsite Thompson Rivers University Veterinary Technology Program are monitored throughout the course. Veterinary Clinical Work & Correspondence 5 involves intermediate level competencies in the second year of the Veterinary Technology Open Learning Diploma.

As part of the Semester requirements, students complete a minimum number of hours of employed clinical work. Essential skills, as well as, professional communication skills with clinic placement, provincial veterinary technology associations and the onsite Thompson Rivers University Veterinary Technology Program are monitored throughout the Semester. Students must register and provide proof of membership with their Provincial Associations and ensure that a Registered Veterinary Technologist or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is employed at the clinic placement facility and is registered with the Thompson Rivers University Animal Health Department. Veterinary Clinical Work & Correspondence 2, is entry level competencies in the first year of Veterinary Technology training.

This course requires the instructor to be able to come onsite to the Thompson Rivers University Veterinary Technology/Animal Health Center at least three times a semester.

Excellent communication skills will be mandatory for this position:

Communication between Clinical Mentors, Veterinary Hospitals, Students, TRU Vet Tech/Animal Health Department and Provincial Professional Associations will be ongoing throughout the semester and is the responsibility of the instructor.

Open Learning Faculty Members are teaching staff in the Open Learning Division of TRU, and the role of the Open Learning Faculty Member is to actively encourage, support and guide students towards success in their academic studies. Open Learning Faculty Members must be skilled in teaching, fully knowledgeable of the subject matter and demonstrate a positive, open and caring attitude in all interaction with students.

Responsibilities of the Open Learning Faculty Member (Online) include but are not limited to:

  • Delivering Courses in the Online Modality by actively facilitating learning for students in paced, cohort courses with specific start and end dates
  • Ensure that the most up to date medical information/technology is included
  • Foster critical thinking and problem solving skills with students
  • Ensuring students have completed the essential skills associated with courses taking place during the semester and have signed off the skills as completed
  • Providing instruction based on established core course materials
  • Adding any necessary additional course material
  • Updating course material as per the collective agreement
  • Initiating, leading and managing learning activities and discussions
  • Administrative set up and record keeping
  • Initiating and maintaining regular contact with the student as specified in the collective agreement
  • Marking all assignments, posting results and providing prompt feedback
  • Marking exams and posting results
  • Responding to student queries as per the collective agreement
  • We anticipate 10 - 25 students in each cohort of this course. These numbers are only estimates and actual numbers for the course may be greater or less than the estimated numbers.


    Applicants must:

  • Be a Registered Veterinary Technologist
  • Have a minimum of 5 years post-graduate veterinary clinical experience
  • Have a minimum 10 years related teaching experience
  • Have Management continuing education and skills
  • Current “in good standing” membership in relevant provincial professional association and regulatory body.
  • Current WHMIS certification
  • Fear Free certification
  • Past experience working with Boards and involved with strategic planning
  • Demonstrated ability to teach at the post-secondary level through a variety of modes, with emphasis on facilitated, web based instruction and learner support.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate student learning, and to utilize evaluation results for ongoing course improvements.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative and consultative manner, including inter-professional teams.
  • Exemplary communication skills (written, oral and electronic).
  • Must have high speed internet and own equipment in order to perform online teaching duties.
  • Demonstrated skill at aligning veterinary and academia teams with institutional and educational goals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of TRU AHT/VTEC accreditation process
  • Demonstrated knowledge and use of Essential Skills Demonstrations
  • The Open Learning Faculty Member must:

  • Be knowledgeable and experienced in the subject matter of the course.
  • Have received training or have successful experience in the active facilitation of learning in a collaborative online environment.
  • Have direct experience working with current educational technologies, tools and Learning Management Systems.
  • Have demonstrated knowledge of effective pedagogy in the use of current educational technology and tools.
  • Have demonstrated skills and abilities in the delivery of flexible learning materials, the application of instructional technology and in the application of adult learning principles.
  • Pay Band

    According to TRUOLFA Salary Schedule


    CA (Primary)

    Qualified TRUOLFA applicants will be given first consideration filling this post

    # of Hires Needed


    Organizational Unit

    Thompson Rivers University -> Open Learning -> Program Delivery

    Diversity and Inclusion Commitment:

    Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to hiring based on merit with a focus on fostering diversity of thought within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous, Black and People of Color, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.