Veterinary Technology

Program Overview

Program Description

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. Accreditation is granted through the American Veterinary Medical Association, Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA, CVTEA). Cadillac, Clinton Township, Flint, Jackson, Muskegon, and Port Huron are currently accredited. Once a student has successfully graduated from an AVMA accredited program, they are able to sit for their state and national licensing exams. If the graduate passes both exams, they earn the title of Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT). Students who graduate will be eligible for licensure by the state of Michigan. A graduate must successfully pass a state and national board examination to become licensed in the state of Michigan. Program Status: Limited Enrollment 

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