Open Learning Faculty Member (Online): VTEC 1211: Veterinary Pharmacology

  • Contract
  • Canada

Thompson Rivers University

Application Restrictions
Open to both Internal and external
Job Type
Open Learning Faculty Member
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Teaching Allocation Percentage (TAP)
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In this course, students acquire an understanding of the basics of general pharmacology and pharmacology terms. Students examine preventative medicine and the role of a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in animal disease prevention and treatment. Topics include legal regulations, drugs and the body and drug dosages.


Veterinary Technology students develop a practical understanding of the principles and techniques involving small companion animals; emphasizing technical procedures and nursing care. Students focus on the day-to-day procedures performed by a Registered Veterinary Technologist in a veterinary clinic. 

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 with a BSC preferred or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine currently working in a veterinary hospital/clinic or academia. Previous experience teaching Veterinary Technology Pharmacology preferred.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years post-graduate veterinary clinical experience
  • Have continuing education in the trending pharmaceutical areas
  • Current “in good standing” membership in relevant provincial professional association and regulatory body.
  • 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.


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
BC 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 Colour, 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.

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