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 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. Once a student has successfully graduated from an AVMA accredited program, he/she can sit for the national licensing exam. If the graduate passes the VTNE exam, he/she will be eligible for licensure as a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) in the state of Michigan.
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.
Program Status: Limited Enrollment
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