Veterinary Work Experience Program 2016

 
 
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Agency:

Ag-Info Centre
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

For Further Information Contact:

Tel: 310-FARM-3276 Fax: 403-742-7527
Email: maryann.nelson@gov.ab.ca
 
Eligibility
Employees must be enrolled in a DVM or AHT program; employers must be Alberta veterinarians. More details below.
 
Downloadable Forms
2016 Application 33K
 

 
Program Details
 
 
  The 2016 Veterinary Work Experience Program is Closed

Program Overview | Which Employers are Eligible? | Employer Responsibilities | How are Employers Reimbursed? | Responsibilities of the Government of Alberta | Who is Eligible to Work? | Conditions for Employment | Employee Responsibilities | | How to Apply for the Program | Application Form | Who Reviews and Approves Applications? | What Happens if the Contract Changes? | Violated Contracts | Contact Information | Clinics That May Be Interested in Hiring

Program Overview

The Veterinary Work Experience Program is administered by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Funding is renewed on a yearly basis. Employees and employers must apply together for the program; Alberta Agriculture and Forestry does not do any matching. Employees may approach potential employers and advise them of the program but cannot apply for the program without an employer.

Veterinarians who hire a student for the summer will note the following funding structure. Employers are reimbursed 50% of monthly wage to a maximum of $1200 for veterinary students qualified to enter their 2nd year of study; 40% of monthly wage to a maximum of $1000 for students qualified to enter their 3rd year of study and 30% to a maximum of $750 for students qualified to enter their final year of study. Employers of AHT students are reimbursed for 30% of the employee's monthly wage to a maximum of $500 per month. Applications are mailed out to potential employers in the first week of March and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The application deadline is April 15, 2016 and the program runs from May 1 to August 31.

2016 Program Information and Guidelines

Which Employers are Eligible?

  • Employers must be registered veterinarians who own part or all of a veterinary practice, located in Alberta. Funding is limited to one employee per owner or part owner of the practice.
  • Employers must be involved in a practice that consists of a majority of livestock work.
  • Employers must be members of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
  • Employers may not exchange students or "job-share" on this program.
  • Employers must not receive other provincial or federal program funding for the student.
Employer Responsibilities
  • Recruit their student and verify that all eligibility requirements are met.
  • Ensure that their student receives a copy of the completed application form.
  • Contact the AVMA regarding the completion of a Consent to Employ a Student form, if appropriate.
  • Ensure the employee is supervised the majority of the time and particularly while performing potentially dangerous or new tasks.
  • Ensure safe working conditions for the employee.
  • Pay the employee at a pre-contracted monthly rate, agreed to by both the employer and the employee.
  • Issue a pay cheque, with appropriate deductions, to the employee on either a bi-monthly or monthly basis.
  • Maintain a record of the number of days and hours the employee works during the summer.
  • Complete and submit a Reimbursement Claim Form at the end of the summer.
  • Send a Record of Employment to the employee and provide a T4 slip to the employee for income tax purposes.
  • Retain proof of employee payment and hours worked for program audit purposes.
  • Comply with the Program Guidelines, the Veterinary Profession Act, the Alberta Association of Animal Health Technologists (AAAHT) By-Laws, the Employment Standards Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation, regulations, and by- laws associated with being an employer in the Province of Alberta.
  • Notify the Program Staff immediately if the student's employment is terminated for any reason.
  • Maintain responsibility for all claims, demands, actions, and costs whatsoever that may arise out of the employer's performance of this agreement, or by the actions of the employer, his agents or employees, whether occasioned by negligence or otherwise.
How are Employers Reimbursed?
  • Employers of veterinary students are reimbursed as follows: students entering second year, 50% of wage to a maximum of $1200 per month; students entering third year, 40% of wage to a maximum of $1000 per month; students entering final year, 30% of wage to a maximum of $750 per month.
  • Employers of AHT students are reimbursed 30% of wages to a maximum of $500 per month.
  • One Reimbursement Claim Form will be mailed to all approved employers.
  • The employer should complete and submit the Reimbursement Claim Form at the end of the summer, or on the student's last day of employment. The Reimbursement Claim Form must be signed by both the employer and the employee.
  • The employer may only claim for time actually worked by the employee.
  • The employer's expected subsidy must be based on the contracted information provided on the application form. Final subsidy amounts exceeding contracted subsidy amounts of $250 or more may be the responsibility of the employer depending on total program expenditures. Please be as accurate as possible when estimating contract start date, end date and salary.
  • One reimbursement cheque will be mailed to the employer as soon as possible after the Reimbursement Claim Form is submitted.
  • If the employer is overpaid, the overpaid amount must be repaid to the Minister of Finance as soon as the employer is informed of the amount owing.
  • The deadline for submitting the Reimbursement Claim Form is September 30, 2016. Reimbursement Claim Forms received after September 30, 2016 may not be processed.
  • Completed Reimbursement Claim Forms may be faxed to 403 742-7527 or originals can be mailed.
Responsibilities of the Government of Alberta
  • Employers of veterinary students are reimbursed as follows: students entering second year, 50% of wage to a maximum of $1200 per month; students entering third year, 40% or wage to a maximum of $1000 per month; students entering final year, 30% of wage to a maximum of $750 per month.
  • Employers of AHT students are reimbursed 30% of wages to a maximum of $500 per month.
Who is Eligible to Work?
  • Veterinary Students must have completed their first, second, or third year of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program and must be returning to school in the fall.
  • Veterinary Students must be Canadian residents and preferably Albertan residents. Veterinary Students who do not meet this requirement will only be considered for acceptance if funding is available.
  • AHT Students must have completed their first year of an AHT diploma program and must be returning to school in the fall. Preference will be given to AHT students enrolled in a post-secondary institution located in Alberta. AHT Students attending a post-secondary institution outside Alberta will only be considered for acceptance if funding is available.
  • Employees must not be a direct relative of the employer. "Direct relative" includes spouse, brother, sister, son or daughter.
  • Employees must be unemployed. Existing part-time employees are eligible if total hours worked over the previous three months averaged less than 20 per week. Employees working full-time for someone other than the employer are eligible if they are terminated before May 1. Employees working for the employer full-time prior to May 1 are not eligible under the program.
  • Employees must not be working full-time anywhere else or attending school while participating in this program.
  • Employees must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
Conditions for Employment
  • Employment must be between May 1 and August 31.
  • Employment must provide at least four weeks of continuous, full-time employment within the program period.
  • Employment must be a minimum of 30 hours per week. However, if the employee works more than 8 hours per day or 44 hours per week, overtime must be paid by the employer unless the employee has previously agreed (in writing) to time off in lieu of overtime pay. Payment must comply with Alberta Employment Standards.
  • Tasks performed must increase the employee's knowledge of veterinary medicine or animal health technology, as appropriate, and all duties must be related to the employing veterinary clinic or practice only. Employment must be based in Alberta.
  • The employment of a student under this program must not eliminate, amend or affect the job security of any person who would otherwise have been employed.
  • A contract under this program does not mean that the employee is considered to be an employee or agent of the Government of Alberta.
Employee Responsibilities
  • Agree to participate in the program and agree to work for only one specified employer.
  • Perform all tasks in a responsible and conscientious manner and follow the policies and procedures of the veterinary clinic while employed.
  • Notify program staff immediately if your employment is terminated for any reason.
How to Apply for the Program
  • Interested employers must complete and submit an application by April 15, 2016. Employers MAY NOT submit an application without the name of a student. To assist employers with finding a student, a Contact List for Employee Recruitment has been compiled.
  • Employers will be notified of their initial status by mail as soon as possible once the application has been received.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are committed.
  • Forms received after the deadline will only be reviewed if funding is available.
  • Old application forms will not be accepted.
  • Faxed copies will be accepted as an original application.

Please submit applications to:
Veterinary Work Experience Program
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Postal Bag 600,
Stettler, AB T0C 2L0
Direct Phone: 310-FARM (3276)
Fax Number:403-742-7527

Application Form

The Application Form is a .pdf file. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view and print it. Please ensure you have read all sections of the 2016 Guidelines: Eligibility and Responsibilites and Application and Reimbursement before completing the Application form.

Who Reviews and Approves Applications?
  • Program staff have final authority for the approval or rejection of any application.
  • Approval is based on evidence of both an employer's and a student's compliance with the program guidelines, the training opportunities that will be provided to the employee, and the availability of funding.
What Happens if the Contract Changes?
  • Program staff must be notified immediately if there are any changes to the original contract.
  • Employers may replace an employee only once. The employer must request the replacement, either verbally or in writing, by July 4, 2016. The new employee may start work as soon as program staff gives verbal approval. A new application must then be sent in.
  • Employers who cancel their contract after July 4, 2016 will not be eligible to employ a new student.
Violated Contracts
  • Program staff may cancel the contract, retroactive to the start date, at any time if participants violate their contract and/or the program guidelines. Funds may need to be repaid and employers may not be allowed to participate in the Veterinary Work Experience Program again.
Who Do I Contact with Questions?

For further information, please contact:
Mary Ann Nelson
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Direct Phone:310-FARM (3276)
Fax Number:403-742-7527

Clinics That May Be Interested In Hiring

The following veterinary clinics are aware of the VWEP and may be interested in hiring a Veterinary student and/or an Animal Health Technology student in the summer of 2016. Feel free to contact them directly about potential employment opportunities.

Alberta Veterinary Centre
202 - 28042 Hwy 11
Burnt Lake Business Park
Red Deer, AB T4S 2L4
Phone: 403-347-1711
Fax: 403-347-1029
E-Mail: avc_vets@hotmail.com
Type of practice: mixed, equine
Alta Embryo Group Ltd
253147 Unit A, Bearspaw Rd
Calgary, AB T3L 2P5
Phone: 403-239-8882
Fax: 403-239-8886
E-Mail: bjanzen@aeg.ca
Type of practice: bovine embryo transfer
Bluffton Veterinary Services
Box 14
Bluffton, AB T0C 0M0
Phone: 403-843-8463
Fax: 403-813-8465
E-Mail: bvs@albertahighspeed.net
Type of practice: mixed
Bow Valley Veterinary Clinic
Box 1239
Brooks, AB T1R 1C1
Phone: 403-362-5114
Fax: 403-501-5609
E-Mail: candy@bowvalleyvet.ca
Type of practice: mixed
Buffalo Head Veterinary Services
6012 46 Avenue
Taber, AB T1G 2B1
Phone: 403-223-9584
Fax: 403-223-0315
E:Mail: drsmith@telusplanet.net
Type of practice: mixed
Burwash Equine Services Ltd
244071 Panorama Ridge
Calgary, AB T3Z 3L6
Phone: 403-242-1913
Fax: 403-242-9361
E-Mail: eslvet@telus.net
Type of practice: equine
Camrose Veterinary Group
4712 41 Street
Camrose, AB T4V 0Z6
Phone: 780-672-3171
Fax: 780-672-9947
E-Mail: camrosevethospital@telus.net
Type of practice: mixed
Claresholm Veterinary Services Ltd
Box 2350
Claresholm, AB T0L 0T0
Phone: 403-625-3677
Fax: 403-625-3655
E-Mail: reception@claresholmvet.ca
Type of practice: mixed
Clearwater Veterinary Clinic
PO Box 1828, 5214 44 Street
Rocky Mtn House, AB T4T 1B4
Phone: 403-845-5353
Fax: 403-845-2880
E-Mail: cvcentre@telus.net
Type of practice: mixed
Cremona Veterinary Clinic
Box 456
Cremona, AB T0M 0R0
Phone: 403-637-3928
Fax: 403-637-0026
E-Mail: cremonavet@velocitynetworks.ca
Type of Practice: mixed
D & R Veterinary Services Ltd
RR 5
Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 1X2
Phone: 780-352-8483
Fax: 780-352-8821
E-Mail: dave@bellvet.ca
Type of practice: equine
Delaney Veterinary Services
52218 Rge Rd 223
Sherwood Park, AB T8C 1B1
Phone: 780-922-3647
Fax: 780-922-4736
E-Mail: office@delaneyvetservices.com
Type of practice: equine
Didsbury Veterinary Services
PO Box 1180
Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0
Phone: 403-335-3519
Fax: 403-335-3572
Email: andy@didsburyvet.ca
Email: dennise@didsburyvet.ca
Type of practice: mixed
Edson Veterinary Clinic
4403 2nd Avenue
Edson, AB T7E 1C1
Phone: 780-723-3354
Fax: 780-723-5992
E-Mail: edsovet1@telus.net
Type of practice: mixed
Energy Equine
RR 1 Site 11 Comp 17
Airdrie, AB T4B 2A3
Phone: 403-826-4616
E-Mail: debbie@energyequine.ca
Type of practice: equine
Equistar Vet Services
51511A Rge Rd 273
Spruce Grove, AB T7Y 1H3
Phone: 780-963-1205
Fax: 780-963-9946
E-Mail: equistar@tbwifi.ca
Type of practice: equine
Feedlot Health Management Services
Box 140
Okotoks, AB T1S 2A2
Ph: 403-938-5151
Fax: 403-938-5175
E-mail: fhms@feedlothealth.com
Type of practice: large animal
Forestburg Veterinary Clinic (1998) Ltd.
PO Box 310
Forestburg, AB T0B 1N0
Ph: 780-582-3970
Fax: 780-582-4155
E-mail: drieft5@hotmail.com
Type of practice: large animal
Fort Macleod Veterinary Clinic
Box 1390
Ft Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0
Ph: 403-553-4887
Fax: 403-553-2924
E-mail: ftmacvet@shockware.com
Type of practice: mixed
Goodbrand Land & Cattle Co o/as Border Veterinary Clinic
Box 247
Coronation, AB T0C 1C0
Phone: 780-753-6183
Fax: 403-578-3333
E-Mail: dr403@xplornet.com
Type of Practice: mixed
Greenview Veterinary Services
Box 1146
Valleyview, AB T0H 3N0
Phone: 780-524-4616
Fax: 780-524-2690
E-Mail: vvvetclinic@gmail.com
Type of practice: mixed
Highview Animal Clinic Ltd
1104 18 Street SE
High River, AB T1V 2A6
Phone: 403-652-1300
Fax: 403-652-1713
E-Mail: highv@telus.net
Type of practice: mixed
Innisfail Veterinary Services
5239 - 50 Street
Innisfail AB T4G 1S1
Ph: 403-227-3535
Fax: 403-227-3329
E-mail: innvet@telus.net
Type of practice: mixed
Lac La Biche Veterinary Services Ltd.
Box 1529
Lac La Biche, AB T0A 2C0
Ph: 780-623-2669
Fax: 780-623-9668
Type of practice: mixed
Lac Ste Anne Veterinary Services
Box 232
Gunn, AB T0E 1A0
Ph: 780-967-5152
Fax: 780-967-5203
E-mail: lsavet@xplornet.com
Type of practice: mixed
Lloydminster Animal Hospital
6002 50 Ave
Lloydminster, AB T9V 2T9
Phone: 403-875-5733
Fax: 403-875-5799
E-Mail: cberg@lah.ca
Type of practice: mixed
Mayerthorpe Veterinary Services
Box 1179
Mayerthorpe, AB T0E 1N0
Phone: 780-786-2000
Fax: 780-786-2077
E-Mail: mayerthorpevet@hotmail.com
Type of practice: mixed
Moore Equine Veterinary Centre
260048A Writing Creek Crescent
Rocky View County, AB T4A 0M9
Phone: 403-567-7480
Fax: 403-226-3698
E-Mail: accounting@mooreequine.ca


Type of practice: equine
Nagel & Co Veterinary
PO Box 298
Crossfield, AB T0M 0S0
Phone: 403-946-4567
Fax: 403-946-5529
E-Mail: sherry.nagelvet@gmail.com
Type of practice: mixed
Nanton Veterinary Clinic
PO Box 580
Nanton, AB T0L 1R0
Phone: 403-646-2060
Fax: 403-646-3005
E-Mail: info@nantonvetclinic.com
Type of practice: mixed
Okotoks Animal Clinic
Box 368
Okotoks, AB T1S 1A6
Phone: 403-938-4096
Fax: 403-938-7089
E-Mail:office@okotoksanimalclinic.com
Type of practice: equine
Olds Veterinary Centre Ltd
6110 Imperial Way
Olds, AB T4H 1M5
Phone: 403-556-6882
Fax: 403-556-1033
Type of practice: mixed
Onoway Vet Clinic
Box 681
Onoway, AB T0E 1V0
Phone: 780-967-2967
Fax: 780-967-3042
E-Mail: onowayvetclinic@telus.net
Type of practice: mixed
Overton Equine Health Services
Box 69
Stauffer, AB T0M 1W0
Phone: 403-357-0163
Fax: 403-746-3933
E-Mail: katrynagarrett@hotmail.com
Type of practice: equine
Peace River Veterinary Clinic
7710 100 Avenue
Peace River, AB T8S 1M5
Phone: 780-624-1606
Fax: 780-624-8603
E-Mail: peacerivervet@gmail.com
Type of practice: mixed
Pickard Veterinary Services Ltd
Box 2470
Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0
Phone: 403-627-4212
Fax: 403-627-5762
E-Mail: blainepickard@gmail.com
Type of practice: mixed
Ponoka Veterinary Clinic
5502 HWY 2A
Ponoka, AB T4J 1M1
Phone: 403-783-4348
Fax: 403-783-5166
E-Mail: info@ponokaveterinaryclinic.ca
Type of practice: mixed
Poplar Grove Veterinary Services Ltd
4408 42 Avenue
Innisfail, AB T4G 1P6
Phone: 403-227-4701
Fax: 403-227-4702
Type of practice: mixed
Poultry Health Services
97 East Lake Ramp NE
Airdrie, AB T4A 0C3
Phone: 403-948-2252
Fax: 403-948-0520
E-Mail: phsinfo@poultryhealth.ca
Type of practice: avian
Rimbey Veterinary Clinic (1991) Ltd
4607 50 Ave, Box 389
Rimbey, AB T0C 2J0
Phone: 403-843-2234
Fax: 403-843-3399
Type of practice: mixed
Rocky Rapids Veterinary Services
PO Box 6870
Drayton Valley, AB T7A 1S2
Phone: 780-542-2144
Fax: 780-542-6772
E-Mail: rocvet@telusplanet.net
Type of practice: mixed
Sante Fe Equine Veterinary Clinic Inc
4422 49 St Close
Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1K5
Phone: 403-887-3650
E-Mail: horsecowvet@yahoo.ca
Type of practice: equine
Shacklady Veterinary Services
Box 159,
Okotoks, AB T1S 1A5
Phone: 403-938-6993
Fax: 403-938-2384
E-Mail: shacklad@telusplanet.net
Type of practice: mixed
St. Paul Veterinary Clinic
5412 50 Avenue
St Paul, AB T0A 3A1
Phone: 780-645-3921
Fax: 780-645-5220
E-Mail: spvetclinic@mcsnet.ca
Type of practice: mixed
Stettler Veterinary Clinic
PO Box 1120
Stettler, AB T0C 2L0
Phone: 403-742-3338
Fax: 403-742-1170
E-Mail: barb@stetvet.com
Type of practice: mixed
Teradan Equine Ltd
88 Sunlake Rd SE
Calgary, AB T2X 3G1
Phone: 403-254-1954
Fax: 403-254-9689
E-Mail: info@teradanfarms.com
Type of practice: equine
Uncas Veterinary Clinic
265 52307 Rge Rd 213
Sherwood Park, AB T8G 1C1
Phone: 780-922-5447 OR 780-922-4507
Fax: 780-922-6527
E-Mail: jones@uncasvet.com
Type of practice: mixed
Vermilion Veterinary Clinic
4401 47 Ave
Vermilion, AB T9X 1L5
Phone: 780-853-5904
Fax: 780-853-2845
E-Mail: tdgdvm@hotmail.com
Type of practice: mixed
West County Animal Clinic
PO Box 326
Beaverlodge, AB T0H 0C0
Phone: 780-354-3550
Fax: 780-354-2506
Type of practice: mixed
Westhills Equine Veterinary Services
PO Box 2434
Stony Plain, AB T7Z 1X8
Phone: 780-898-9267
Fax: 780-669-7035
Email: office@westhillsevs.com
Type of practice: equine
West Wind Veterinary Hospital Ltd
51136 Range Rd 212
Sherwood Park, AB T8G 1E7
Phone: 780-662-0112
Fax: 780-662-0110
E-Mail: k.mckinney@westwindvet.com
Type of practice: equine
Wetaskiwin Animal Clinic
4735 39 Avenue
Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 2J4
Phone: 780-352-7006
Fax: 780-352-4805
E-Mail: wetancl@telus.net
Type of practice: mixed
Wetaskiwin Veterinary Hospital
4808 40 Avenue
Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 0A2
Phone: 780-352-6036
Fax: 780-352-6038
E-Mail: wet_vet@telus.net
Type of practice: mixed
 
 
 
 
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Last Reviewed/Revised on September 12, 2016.