81% VTNE pass rate, 3-year average from 2015 to 20181

AVMA accredited program

Learn on the world’s first high-fidelity Canine Patient Simulator for veterinary technician training

Sim Dog: Vet Tech students train with a high-fidelity simulated canine patient.


Associate of Science inVeterinary Technology

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The first Surgical Synthetic Canine Cadaver Lab for Vet Tech training on the west coast.

The West Coast's First Surgical Synthetic Canine Cadaver Lab

Learn and practice essential clinical skills like never before in the new Surgical Synthetic Canine Cadaver Lab for veterinary technician training.

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The Next Innovation in Education Technology: The Virtual Reality Lab

Immerse yourself in classroom concepts like never before with high-fidelity, virtual-holographic 3D models and animations of over 1,000 biological and anatomical structures.

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Together, We Make a Difference: Award Winning Community Service

Stanbridge University has been named to the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for the seventh consecutive year. The award is the highest federal affirmation a college or university can receive in recognition of its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

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Why Stanbridge?

Find your calling as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

With an acute awareness of the advancements in veterinary medicine, the Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology (RVT) degree program immerses students in quality instruction and thorough, hands-on training with both live animals and high-fidelity, surgical simulators. With the right clinical, communicative, and detail-orientated skill sets, you’ll prepare to become an advocate for your patients and a trusted counselor for their owners.

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Video: Learning to be Skilled Animal Advocates: Veterinary Technology Degree Program

Learning to be Skilled Animal Advocates: Veterinary Technology Degree Program

Video: Hands-On Training: World’s First High-Fidelity Patient Simulator from Cornell University

Hands-On Training: World’s First High-Fidelity Patient Simulator from Cornell University

Video: Vet Tech Community Student Fellowship with Project Wildsong

Vet Tech Community Student Fellowship with Project Wildsong

Video: Vet Tech Student Designs Enrichment Program for OC Zoo Animals

Vet Tech Student Designs Enrichment Program for OC Zoo Animals

Video: How to Become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

How to Become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Video: A Celebration of Achievement: Commencement Exercises

A Celebration of Achievement: Commencement Exercises

Hands-On Training with Live Animals

Under the supervision of professional veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians (RVT), learn to provide care for large, small, and exotic animals on campus and in partner universities, zoos, equine riding therapy facilities, and animal hospitals in Orange County and Southern California.

World-Class Vet Tech Simulation Labs

Train in two fully-functional Veterinary Teaching Clinics with Examination, Surgical, X-ray, and Laboratory suites to learn proper and safe techniques of animal care.

World’s First High-Fidelity Canine Patient Simulator

Learn and test your skills on the world’s first high-fidelity patient simulator for veterinary technician training, developed at Cornell University. Practice CPR and emergency response to preprogrammed scenarios including respiratory constriction and functions that occur during anesthesia.

Virtual Reality Meets Classroom Concepts

Experience the next innovation in learning inside one of the largest virtual reality labs for medical training in the U.S. Delve into high-fidelity, virtual-holographic 3D models and animations of over 1,000 biological and anatomical structures.

West Coast’s First Surgical Canine Cadaver

Dive into anatomy and surgical assistance skills using the first synthetic canine cadaver on the West Coast. Life-like organs, bodily functions, and ability to practice surgical scenarios provide you with a safe environment to learn critical animal care skills.

In-Depth Anatomy and Biology Labs

Study the complexity and in-depth science behind animal biology in the Microbiology Lab and Anatomy & Physiology Lab on-campus. Gain a competitive edge with a deeper understanding of your patients’ needs and the science behind their injuries and illnesses.

Stanbridge NAVTA Student Chapter

Join a collaborative, active, and engaging group of fellow Veterinary Technology students and work together to serve local community needs and raise awareness of animal care. In 2015, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America chose Stanbridge University for it’s Student Chapter of the year.2

Innovative Digital Classrooms

Each classroom operates with a SMART Board, laptop workstations, and digital exams with instant score results. Access to online PowerPoint presentations with note-saving availability, instant student polling, and the digital Learning Resource System heightens the academic experience.

VTNE License Exam Preparation

With an unyielding commitment to preparing you for licensure, we provide top-of-the-line examination preparation throughout your program and at an end-of-program review.

Small Class Sizes with High Faculty-to-Student Ratio

Learning in small groups in your clinical labs optimizes your time with instructors and gives you a deeper understanding of skills.

Serve Your Community with Your Skills

Providing the local community with veterinary services brings concepts learned in class to life in real animal care environments.

An Early Focus on Career Development

One-on-one guidance gives you the tools to make a positive, lasting impression on future potential employers.

Inside the Classroom

Vet tech students equine lab

Veterinary Technology students practice bandaging skills during their Equine Lab at Cal Poly Pomona.

Vet tech students canine cadaver

Vet Tech students use the first synthetic surgical canine cadaver on the West Coast in the Cadaver Lab to learn essential skills.

California vet tech school VR lab

In the Virtual Reality Lab, you can interact with high-fidelity, 3D models to gain an in-depth look at the inner workings of anatomy and biology.

California vet tech skills lab

The Veterinary Technology Teaching Clinics located on campus include fully functional Examination, Surgical, X-ray, and Laboratory suites, giving students exposure to a professional environment.

Vet tech school simulation dog

Dr. Daniel Fletcher, D.V.M., of Cornell University, demonstrates how to perform CPR on a high-fidelity simulation manikin with real-time response to vital signs.

Student National Association Vet Tech America

The Stanbridge student chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (SCNAVTA) executive board leads fellow students in working together to promote veterinary services to the local community while hosting networking and service events.

Vet tech students clean animals

Veterinary Technology students apply skills learned in the classroom to help an orphaned kitten as a part of the student-organized animal foster program.

California vet tech CPR class

The world’s first high-fidelity canine patient simulator for veterinary technician training gives students a hands-on tool to practice CPR and monitoring during anesthesia.

Vet tech students promote animal care

Members of SCNAVTA host a campus fair for pet care awareness sharing information on common household hazards, flea prevention, and nail trimming with the Stanbridge student body.

Vet tech exotic animal training

Special guest Dr. Kristi Krause from the Orange County Bird of Prey Center teaches Veterinary Technology students about raptors during a seminar.

Vet tech students care shelter animals

Throughout the year, SCNAVTA partners with local animal rescues and hosts foster programs on campus to prepare newborn kittens and puppies for adoption.

Vet tech dog care class

Students work together to practice safe techniques for animal restraint.

Vets train vet tech students

Dr. Lawrence Kosmin, Medical Director of the Veterinary Technology Program, works alongside students in the Teaching Clinics on campus.

Irvine vet tech classroom

Classrooms equipped with advanced learning technology, including SMART Boards, help students focus on their coursework and instruction.

Stanbridge University Student Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center provides students with private collaboration rooms, quiet study rooms, and a computer lab.

Program Guidebook



Program Duration3

112.5 Quarter Credit Hours (The approximate time to complete the program will vary according to the start and end dates of a cohort and ranges from 23-24 months, including national holidays, breaks between terms and Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Schedules will be provided upon orientation.)

Program Schedule4


Term 1 through Term 5 – Theory
4 to 5 days a week, depending on the term
Classes 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Term 6 – Offsite field work

Monday through Friday
Time in accordance with internship site hours

One or more courses in this program are delivered online. Please visit www.stanbridge.edu/admissions to take the Online Readiness Quiz to determine whether you can meet the hardware, software, and competency requirements for taking online courses.

VTNE Exam Prep

VTNE Exam Prep

The Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) is one of the final milestones required for all veterinary technician graduates to take and pass to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in the United States. Created by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, the VTNE focuses on testing your skills and knowledge of animal care and ability to make decisions in various scenarios under critical conditions. Categories include pharmacy and pharmacology, surgical nursing, dentistry, animal care and nursing, laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, anesthesia, and more.

Our commitment to your preparation for certification exams provides you with a comprehensive end-of-program review. Stanbridge University continuously offers top-of-the-line examination preparation to assist you in successfully completing your exam. These services are provided at no additional charge.

Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE)

Three-year pass rate data for first-time test takers on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) based on a July 1 to June 30 reporting year (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019).1

Number of eligible first-time candidates 106
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 86
Three-Year Pass Rate 81%


The Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology degree program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) (1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360; phone; 800.248.2862; www.avma.org). The Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology degree has been approved by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, ACCSC.



Stanbridge University accepts applications for admission to our diploma and degree programs on an open enrollment basis. To apply, please visit the Stanbridge University Portal to access the application form. Your Admissions Representative will provide you with details for each step.

  • Complete an online application form. Click here to start.
  • Meet with your Admissions Representative for a personal tour of the campus.
  • Take the entrance exam appropriate for your educational level and program.
  • Provide proof of high school graduation, a GED or a higher degree.
  • Take the Online Readiness Quiz. Click here to start.
  • Complete entrance questionnaire, essay, and interview.
  • Meet with a Financial Aid Representative to review your tuition funding options.
  • Complete enrollment paperwork.
  • Attend an orientation prior to the start of your program. In the orientation, you receive course books, uniforms and important information to help you begin your classes and manage your time at Stanbridge University.

To get started, please attend one of the information sessions offered on campus. Click here to sign up for the next available session.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

A diploma or degree can open doors to exciting career opportunities, and greatly increase your earning potential. We understand that funding your studies can be overwhelming, which is why Stanbridge University has a dedicated Financial Aid team to guide you through various options and help identify the best financial aid package for your needs.

Our team is there to answer questions as you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and plan your financial aid package. Stanbridge University has the following financial aid programs available to those who qualify:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans
  • Sallie Mae Loans
  • Cal Grants

WIOA Title-I financial assistance programs and activities are an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.

Transfer Information

Transfer Information

Diploma and Degree Programs Transfer of Credit

Students may request an evaluation of their previous coursework for possible transfer credit, provided that before the beginning of their program at Stanbridge University, they give the Registrar of the university proof of satisfactory completion (such as an official transcript from a school that is regionally or nationally accredited, PACE and DANTES courses, a course of study or training in the Armed Forces of the United States) or American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendation, and equivalency of the coursework to the Stanbridge University course.

Students requesting evaluation of their transcripts must provide a description from the school catalog for each course for which transfer credit is requested. If the course description from the school catalog is not sufficient by itself to evaluate whether the course is equivalent, a course syllabus or outline of each course for which transfer credit is requested will be required. ACE credit recommendations will be considered only for General Education course credit, not technical or core course credit or Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) program prerequisite science course (SCI prefix) credit.

Transfer credit will be granted only for those courses:

  • for which a grade of "C" or better ("C+" in prerequisite science courses and "B" for nursing courses in the ADN program) was earned or proof of passing a vendor’s certification examination is provided; and
  • which are determined to be equivalent in content and academic level to those required in the student’s program at Stanbridge University.
  • Certain courses in specific programs may have to be completed within 2 – 5 calendar years of the date of the student's start of coursework at the university in order to be accepted for transfer credit.

For more information on transfer credit and information specific to the diploma or degree of interest, please read the current Stanbridge University catalog.

US Military/VA Students

US Military/VA Students

Stanbridge University recognizes the heroic service and sacrifices that our nation's active and veteran military personnel and their families have made for our country. Transitioning from the military to civilian life and starting a career can be challenging. That is why Stanbridge University provides guidance for servicemen and women and their families to help them prepare for a degree.

For all US military veterans and eligible students, Stanbridge University will:

  • conduct an evaluation of previous education and training;
  • grant appropriate credit;
  • shorten the training period proportionately; and
  • notify the VA and student accordingly.

“One of the best things about Stanbridge is the small cohort sizes. You become family with your peers and close with the professors. They truly care about your success, are always there for you and have an open-door policy. They really work to grow you to be the best tech you can be.”

Marissa Roos, Stanbridge University Graduate, Veterinary Technology

“I am exceedingly impressed by Stanbridge University’s dedication to providing its students with the state-of-the-art teaching resources. The willingness of the leadership to think outside of the box means that the graduates from this program will have experiences rarely found to be available in other programs.”5

Dr. Peter Weinstein, DVM, Executive Director of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association

Student Resources

Guidance for Your
Academic and Professional Goals

Stanbridge University focuses on providing you with a rigorous education and the unwavering support of our Student Services and Career Services to help you prepare to start a career as a leader in your industry. We provide you with a suite of comprehensive services from the moment you begin your training, to the day you graduate, and beyond.

Student Services

Academic Advising

One-on-one advising with a faculty advisor or Student Services representative is available when you need it most. You can discuss academic or personal issues at any time, and we’re here to listen, help, and ultimately guide you to the resources you need.

Tutoring Services

When you need help on coursework, concepts, or clinical skills, Student Services offers you a wide range of options for both didactic and clinical tutoring. Course instructors and program faculty are available for one-on-one and group didactic tutoring. If your program has medical math requirements, and you need assistance to better understand medical dosages, extra tutoring is available for you. Clinical tutoring gives you one-on-one time with our instructors in our simulation and skills labs. And to help give you more insight into difficult concepts and study tips when you need it, our robust peer tutoring program pairs you with experienced students and graduates.

Academic Success Coordination

To foster your academic success, Student Services is ready to help you with time management, study and reading skills, test-taking strategies, and test anxiety management. When you need assistance, we’ll set up one-on-one coaching sessions to plan out strategies, learn how to use online apps to inventory your time, and practice applying these resources to your coursework and exams.

The Writing Center

Having exemplary writing skills is critical to academic success and career preparation. The Writing Center on campus gives writers of all skill levels, academic support for paper writing skills, including best practices for developing and expressing ideas, learning the APA format, and improving punctuation and grammar usage.

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program is a free, comprehensive, and fully confidential counseling service that helps you manage and resolve challenging situations. Because we understand balancing academic excellence and a life outside of school can be overwhelming, we are committed to your well-being. The SAP includes:

  • Free counseling services
  • Prescription drug discount program
  • Identity theft recovery
  • Financial consultation
  • Legal services

Learning Resource System

To better serve our students, we developed a comprehensive Learning Resource System that is uniquely effective in providing academic support. It includes the on-campus Learning Resource Center (LRC), the Online Library, and the Online Learner. The LRC provides you with spaces including quiet rooms, collaboration rooms, and a computer lab for individual and group study. You can use these resources to help guide your coursework, research, study, and exam preparation.

Career Services

Career Advising

From the beginning of your program you’re paired with a Career Service Officer to help guide you with career advising and preparation. In each term of your program, you’ll work with your Career Service Officer on specific goals including resume and portfolio building, networking, and interviewing. Our goal is to help you prepare for a seamless transition to a rewarding career.

Digital Portfolio Builder

As an exclusive resource to our students and graduates, the Stanbridge University Digital Portfolio Builder helps you organize and present your academic experience from Stanbridge University and professional achievements into a modern and sleek online portfolio. As you progress, your academic achievements including GPA, completed courses, community service activities, and continuing education certifications are automatically updated in your portfolio. Along with guidance from your Career Service Officer, you can easily add and edit your achievements. The Digital Portfolio Builder also automatically creates a resume for you from the data collected during the portfolio creation process. You can email your digital portfolio in a single link to your future, potential employers for a unique and strong first impression. Click here to view a sample digital portfolio.

Mock Interview Sessions

Our Career Services department guides students and graduates through personality mapping, salary negotiations, role-playing, and other specialized interview techniques to enable them to take control of the job interview. We make sure you’re confident to put your best foot forward.

LinkedIn Profile and Networking

LinkedIn is an essential tool for any active job-seeker. Career Services works with students and graduates to build LinkedIn networks to connect them to colleagues and potential employers.

Job Leads

Graduates receive access to continually updated job listings and career opportunities, including recruiting organizations and Southern California companies with whom we have built relationships.

Alumni Association

The Alumni Association provides continued access to the university’s resources, news, and special events while facilitating a dynamic network amongst graduates. Members receive benefits, including extended career services, access to exclusive alumni workshops, social media networking, and invitations to complimentary professional networking events. Our mission is to foster a lifelong, mutually beneficial relationship between alumni, current students, and Stanbridge University. Click here to visit the Stanbridge University Alumni Association.

Campus Location

Located in Orange County, the heart of Southern California.

The campus of Stanbridge University is in Irvine, California minutes away from Orange County’s vibrant cities including Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Orange, Whittier, Tustin, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Buena Park, Aliso Viejo, San Clemente, Yorba Linda, Stanton, Newport Beach, Westminster, La Mirada, La Habra, and more!

Stanbridge University

2041 Business Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92612

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