External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.
The Veterinary Technology Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA, CVTEA), 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4630; (800) 248-2862; fax: (847) 925-1329; Web address: avma.org.
A veterinary technician can best be thought of as an animal nurse. By definition, a veterinary technician is a person who has completed a 2 year associate's degree in Veterinary Technology from an AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) accredited institution. The Veterinary Practice Act of Michigan allows veterinary technicians to do anything for the care of animals except diagnose disease, prescribe medication, and perform surgery. Besides providing nursing care, veterinary technicians also function as laboratory technicians, radiology technicians, pharmacy technicians, surgical technicians, and anesthesia technicians. In addition, veterinary technicians are often responsible for a majority of the client education that occurs in a veterinary practice, thus this is a profession that requires excellent communication skills. The veterinary technology profession is very diverse and the opportunities for technicians are extremely varied. Career opportunities exist within, but are not limited to the following areas: small animal hospitals, large animal hospitals, research, education, pharmaceuticals, and the military.
The mission of the Veterinary Technology program at Baker College is to provide both didactic and clinical education to prepare students to enter and enhance the veterinary health care team and the competent care of animals by providing a skill set that includes clinical proficiency, critical thinking and strong communication.
To this end, the following purposes have been established:
- To prepare students for competency in the knowledge of animal health and veterinary issue.
- To prepare students to confidently and effectively perform the essential skills and tasks commonly encountered in veterinary facilities.
- To provide general education which expands students’ horizons, develops strong communication skills, and encourages critical thinking.
- To encourage social and classroom related activities, which promote both personal and professional growth.
- To assist graduates throughout their careers in securing employment and improving career opportunities.
- To promote the image and prestige of the veterinary technician profession by encouraging professional behavior and community service.
Customer Satisfaction Policy
Baker College is an institution focused on customer satisfaction. To that end, any concerns or complaints regarding the Veterinary Technology can be sent to the attention of the director of the program on the appropriate campus. The director will investigate the complaint, consult with all parties involved, and provide a response as soon as all information has been evaluated. The program director will inform the Dean of Health Sciences of the complaint, investigation, and what actions have been taken.
If resolution cannot be reached at the level of the program director, the problem will follow the chain of command beginning with the Dean of Health Sciences, followed by the Chief Academic Officer/Vice President of Academics of the campus, the President of the campus, and finally the President of the Baker College System.
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