Train for a Career as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology Program

  • Financial aid for those who qualify
  • Multi-term VTNE Licensure Exam prep
  • Hands-on training at exotic, equine, and bovine animal partner facilities
  • AVMA-accredited program

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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

What does an RVT do?

A registered veterinary technician (RVT) helps care for exotic, large, and small animals and performs medical tests to assist veterinarians in diagnosing illnesses and injuries. Under the supervision of veterinarians, RVTs can assist in preparing animals for surgery, administering medication and vaccinations, taking x-rays, administering anesthesia, performing lab tests, and providing basic care for animals.

Where does an RVT work?

Private clinics and animals hospitals employ registered veterinary technicians (RVT). RVTS also work in laboratories, colleges and universities, rescues, shelters, zoos, and aquariums.

Why should I start my career as an RVT?

Training to become a registered veterinary technician (RVT) takes both a passion for animal care and a focused education in the fundamental concepts in anatomy and biology. Obtaining an associate’s degree to prepare for licensure requires a commitment that ultimately can lead to a life-long, rewarding career.

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.1

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.

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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.

“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.”4

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

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