Welcomes and helps you to get your animal admitted to the VMC. He/she may be able to answer questions about your upcoming experience.
Veterinary Faculty Member/Senior Clinician (DVM and Specialty Diplomates)
Supervisor of the clinical service in which your animal is being treated. Clinicians are graduates of veterinary medical schools, have completed internships and/or been in private practices, have completed residencies in a specialty area (i.e., surgery, internal medicine, anesthesia, reproduction, or herd health), and are board-certified specialists or board-eligible. They supervise the residents, interns, veterinary technicians, and students assigned to their service. They also make decisions about your animal’s tests, treatments, and discharge plans.
Veterinary Resident (DVM)
Residents are graduates of veterinary medical schools, have completed internships and/or been in private practices, and are undertaking residencies in a specialty area. He/she may be the first veterinarian to see your animal and coordinate care. They are supervised by a faculty specialist/senior clinician.
Veterinary Intern (DVM)
Graduates of veterinary medical schools who are now furthering their training in a specialty area. They may be the first doctor to see your animal and coordinate care. They are supervised by faculty specialists and residents.
Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
Graduates of veterinary technology programs who are credentialed by the State of Michigan. Similar to human nurses, LVTs participate in every phase of patient care, diagnostic testing, and surgery under the supervision of faculty specialists/senior clinicians. Some may have extra training and/or certification in specialty areas. At MSU, veterinary technicians are often referred to as veterinary nurses.
Veterinary Medical Student
Third- or -fourth-year medical student in the College’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Veterinary students may be the first person to see you and your animal (except for emergencies). They all work under close supervision by faculty specialists, residents, and licensed veterinary technicians.
Veterinary Technology Student
Undergraduate students in the College’s Veterinary Nursing Program. They may assist in the treatment of your animal under the supervision of veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians.