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Macomb Community College veterinary technician program one of six in North America to receive prestigious AAHA accreditation

– Thursday, August 20, 2015 12:00AM

Maintains American Animal Hospital Association rigorous quality standards

After a thorough review of its education, protocols, medical equipment and facility, the veterinary technician program at Macomb Community College is one of only six programs in the United States and Canada to earn accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

“The AAHA accreditation recognizes Macomb’s program as among the very best in North America,” said Professor Lori Renda-Francis, director of the veterinary technician program.  “This is a reflection of our faculty, staff, alumni and local veterinary community’s commitment to ensuring the excellence of Macomb’s program, distinguishing our graduates in the job market and preparing them for career success.”

AAHA grants accreditation to educational programs and veterinary hospitals based on approximately 900 quality standards above and beyond basic state regulations, ranging from patient care and pain management to staff training and advanced diagnostic services. AAHA standards are continuously reviewed and updated to keep accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence.

Graduates of Macomb’s program, which also is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, have consistently exceeded the national average on the Veterinary Technician National Examination. Their scores are 15-20 percent higher than the national average, earning  an average pass rate of 90 percent or greater.

A veterinary technician is often the first in line to examine an animal and discuss their medical needs with its owner. Working under the direction of a licensed veterinarian, technicians also provide nursing care and emergency first aid to ill, injured or recovering animals.  They perform lab tests, take and develop x-rays, administer medicine and other treatments, monitor and record progress, and provide information on animal care and nutrition to owners. 

In Macomb’s associate degree program, students learn about animal handling and restraint, conducting examinations, collecting and analyzing specimens, assisting in surgeries, administering anesthesia, and pre- and post-operative care. They also have the opportunity to work alongside program alumni and faculty in several service learning projects, including a Kitten Raising Program, the Dog Parade that kicks off Clinton Township’s annual Festival of the Senses and the People, Pets, and Vets event cohosted each year with the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

For more information about the veterinary technician program at Macomb, contact Renda-Francis, at (586) 286-2096 or via email at francisL@macomb.edu.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Lori Renda-Francis

Photo: Professor Lori Renda-Francis, director of Macomb Community College's
veterinary technician program.

Media Contact: James Melton, meltonj@macomb.edu, 586.445.7271