Skip To Content

Veterinary Technology (VET) Program Information

Associate of Applied Science


Curriculum Accreditation Performance


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.


This program is offered on the following campus: Cadillac (CA), Clinton Township (CT), Flint (FL), Jackson (JK), Muskegon (MU)
OneStop    (833) MY1-STOP    [email protected]

Veterinary Technology (VET) Program (AAS)

Select an item below for more information.

Program Waiver / Handbook

Program Mission & Outcomes


  • Graduates will exceed the average pass rate for both the national and state licensing exams.
  • The graduate will be able to properly classify medications commonly used in veterinary medicine.  In addition, he/she will be able to properly calculate and administer the appropriate dose of ordered medications.
  • The graduate will be able to apply proper, safe radiological procedures within the veterinary laboratory setting.
  • The graduate will be able to perform appropriate, effective and efficient diagnostic laboratory procedures within the veterinary laboratory setting.
  • The graduate will be able to perform proper nursing procedures within a veterinary setting.
  • The graduate will be able to successfully administer surgical assistance, postoperative care, anesthesia and dentistry within a veterinary setting.
  • The graduate will be able to identify and utilize safety and health regulations and policies on the care and use of laboratory animals, husbandry, care and importance to the environment while selecting or procuring exotic animals and animals used in research.


Course Student Learning Outcomes

Academic Plan

Background Check Requirements

No Background Check required.


Additional Program Information

Limited Enrollment Program Information

Application Semester: Fall     Health Science Limited Enrollment Application Fall 2019

Admission Exam: Test of Required Academic Skills (TEAS), 30% of ranking.

Additional Information:  Health Science Limited Enrollment Program

Required Courses:
Full acceptance into the professional track of some programs is limited due to clinical or work site availability. Students compete to earn acceptance into these programs. All students having successfully completed the conditional acceptance requirements, are eligible to apply. Admittance criteria for all limited enrollment health science programs features a common set of prerequisite courses prior to acceptance to their selected program. Students have the opportunity to apply to multiple limited enrollment programs due to the common set of required courses used for the selection process.

General Education Courses

(Minimum Grade C)

Weighted Courses

(Minimum Grade B- )

ENG 1010 VET 1010A
MTH 1110 VET 1011
PSY 1010 or PSY 1110  


Students may attempt to earn a seat in a Limited Enrollment program up to two times. An attempt is defined as having completed all prerequisite coursework at or above the minimum grade required, completed the entrance exam, but were not awarded a seat due to their standing and limited seat capacity. Students reapplying must complete the program reapplication process including submitting a new application.

Note:  If you are a new transfer student or currently completing a required course at another institution, you must request an Official Transcript be sent to Baker College.  Your Official Transcript must be received by 5:00 pm the last Friday of the semester.  If you have previously provided your Official Transcript, you do not need to supply it again.


Library Resources

Visit the Baker College Research Guide page for library research resources for this program.

For additional Library and Learning Support Services, visit our Academic Resource Center.


Clinical / Work Experience Information

For information about when to apply, how to apply, and application requirements, please visit our Work Experience Information web page.

Do you need Health Insurance coverage?  If yes, please visit the marketplace site.


Career Readiness

Visit the Career Readiness page for more information and resources on preparing for your future career.

For job search assistance, visit the Handshake information page.

Achieve Career Excellence (ACE)