Preceptorship Program


     2018 PP Fund Contribution: $15,000                   2019 PP Fund Contribution: $18,000                   2020 PP Fund Contribution: $18,000


Safeguarding Veterinary Service in Rural Saskatchewan

Livestock producers count on large animal veterinary professionals to care for their herds and provide expert guidance to achieve the best quality, health and reproductive outcomes. Because a reliable supply of large and mixed animal veterinarians and veterinary technologists is such a clear need for the Saskatchewan livestock industry, the SVMA has expanded on the successful work placement concept of our existing Summer Student Mentorship Program to offer third year veterinary students and first year vet tech students opportunities to intern and to plant roots in rural Saskatchewan through a Preceptorship Program that features partnership with livestock producers. 

By providing veterinary students an intensive large or mixed animal practice experience and by demonstrating a range of professional and lifestyle options to be found in the agri-food sector in rural Saskatchewan, our hope is the preceptorship program will encourage students in accredited DVM and VT programs to seriously consider rural food animal or mixed practice as an attractive career option.  

The 2020 Preceptorship Program will see some changes:

  1. The length of the DVM student program period is being reduced from 14 to 12 weeks to alleviate scheduling conflicts with spring rotations.
  2. Students may identify a practice they wish to work at for the summer of 2020, and practices may do the same with a student. Preference will still be given to remote rural practices in the selection process.
  3. The program is now open to all third year students of DVM programs at accredited Canadian veterinary colleges. Preference will still be given to Saskatchewan origin students in the selection process.
  4. One of the seven funded program spots has been allocated for a veterinary technology student who has completed their first year of an accredited Canadian veterinary technology program. The length of the preceptorship period for a vet tech student may be less than 12 weeks.

Application Forms

2020 Applications are now closed.

2020 Practice Infosheets

Some interested practices have supplied information for students who may wish to contact them. Note: Practices are not required to provide infosheets, but they are required to submit an application (see above).

Preceptorship Program Fund

Thank you to the Saskatchewan Cattlemens' Association for its continuing partnership in the Preceptorship Program!

SVMA accepts contributions to the Preceptorship Program Fund on an ongoing basis. If your organization is interested in contributing, please contact Lorraine Serhienko

Past Preceptors

2019 Preceptors
Animal Health Clinic of Humboldt
Animal Health Centre of Melville
Assinniboia Veterinary Clinic
Creekside Veterinary Services, Maple Creek

2018 Preceptors
Battlefords Animal Hospital, North Battleford
Poplar Valley Animal Clinic, Mankota
Deep South Animal Clinic, Ogema
Weir Veterinary Services, Lloydminster
Animal Health Centre of Melville, Melville

The Supervisor’s Role

  1. Expose the student to large or mixed animal practice throughout the Preceptorship Program period.

  2. Supervise the student directly as they undertake hands on veterinary services and procedures. This is an active role on the part of the supervisor, who must be ready to observe closely and provide guidance, advice and support to the student in the application of their advancing knowledge of veterinary medicine or veterinary technology.

  3. Strive to instill confidence in the student regarding their increase in knowledge and understanding of mixed and large animal practice as the summer progresses.  Work from the perspective that this student could potentially become a new employee who would then be dealing with your clients after joining the practice. 

Suggested Activities

Allow the student to see every facet of the practice: 

  • the day-to-day activities of the clinic, from caring for animals to working with technologists and other staff

  • the demographics and geography of the practice 
    • client and species statistics
    • staffing
    • work loads
    • seasonal caseloads
    • practice history
    • issues unique to the specific practice

  • commercial aspects of a practice
    • fees
    • billing practices
    • sales practices and markups  
    • drug inventories
    • dispensing protocols
    • staff salaries
    • how the practice interacts with pharmaceutical companies and representatives