Welcome to Vet Tech Institute Pittsburgh
We are happy you found us. Here's a quick snapshot of who we are:
Where: Downtown Pittsburgh, PA
What: Associate of Specialized Technology Degree in Veterinary Technology
How Long: 18 months start to finish
Accreditation: American Veterinary Medical Association CVTEA
Facilities Include: Kennels, surgical suite and prep area, clinical labs, radiography room, and more!
Nearby: Student housing, public transportation, parking, and recreation
When: Starting 3 times per year
Who: Faculty, staff, and (maybe) you!
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All of our students and faculty share a passion for animals. It’s that unique blend of shared passion and shared goals that creates a family like atmosphere and creates the strong bonds of friendship.
Vet Tech Institute faculty members include:
Dr. Rebekah Clermont, Medical Director,graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science and a minor in genetics from North Carolina State University and then earned her veterinary medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. As a DVM student, Dr. Clermont was a co-author of a study about Cushing’s disease in horses. After graduation, she worked for four years as a general veterinary practitioner in Virginia Beach, VA, where she gained substantial experience with medical and surgical procedures. In 2014, she and her husband moved to Pittsburgh and Dr. Clermont joined Vet Tech Institute. Dr. Clermont currently has a Pitt Bull Terrier that she adopted from a shelter in Tennessee in 2007, but she previously has had other dogs, several cats, several rabbits, fish, hamsters, and a green iguana.
Dr. Sara Hurst earned both a B.S. in Animal Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University, before going on active duty as a Captain with the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. Stationed at West Point, NY, she was the official veterinarian for the U.S. Army Mascot Mules. Dr. Hurst then worked in private practice for 4 years in Texas before moving to the Pittsburgh area and joining the Vet Tech Institute faculty. Dr. Hurst and her husband own many pets, including 2 French Bulldogs, a cat, 3 horses, a cockatoo, an African grey parrot, a cockatiel, a panther chameleon, and a bearded dragon.
Lisa M. Szafranski, CVT, Program Coordinator, SCNAVTA Advisor, has been working in the veterinary field for over 30 years, and still works part-time at VCA Duncan Manor Animal Hospital. She is certified in Canine Obedience from the National Canine College in Columbus, has taught obedience classes, and has competed in agility and obedience trials with her dogs. “Mrs. S” brings her enthusiasm and love of the field of veterinary medicine into the classroom, and her “Mrs. S-isms” are a helpful way to retain the important Terminology words. Mrs. S shares her home with two Beagles, Tripp and Ike (whom she adopted from the school), a Parson Russell terrier, Lily (who is a certified therapy dog that goes on pre-school visits and has been in two of our commercials), and two amazing cats, Dottie and Obi.
Nicole DiMichele, CVT,has taught at Vet Tech Institute for 13 years, and was at one time the school’s on-site kennel manager. Nicole earlier worked as a certified veterinary technician at both a busy veterinary emergency hospital and a non-emergency/routine veterinary clinic. Nicole received her B.A. in Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her A.S.T (in veterinary technology) from Median School of Allied Health Careers; she also is a current and active member of the NAVTA, PVMA, and CVTEA organizations. Nicole is the proud owner of two dogs (an Akita and a Pit-Bull mix) and most consider her to be an avid enthusiast of the Akita Breed.
Amy Geramita, RVT, Kennel Manager,has a passion for large animal medicine, and still helps her father on their family farm, raising beef cattle, swine, and poultry. Graduating from Vet Tech Institute in 2011, her externships were at Cleveland Equine Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Amy then was the head veterinary technician during 3 years at a small animal and equine practice in Landrum, South Carolina. Moving to Pennsylvania to be closer to family, she spent a year as an ICU veterinary technician at Animal Emergency Clinic (now MedVet – Mahoning Valley) before joining the faculty at Vet Tech Institute. Amy and her husband have 5 animals in their home: Rowdy, a rat terrier; Belle and Brie, chihuahuas (both adopted from VTI); and 2 cats, Missy (adopted from VTI when Amy was a student) and Gus.
Carolyn Klar, CVT, has been a licensed veterinary technician for 33 years, with experience in all aspects of veterinary technology as well as hospital management. She started out in mixed animal practice where she was senior technician and surgical tech for 8 years. Wanting to broaden her experience, she joined a large emergency hospital in Pittsburgh. She then transferred to VCA Met Vet, where she still works as an on-call Veterinary Technician. Carolyn has 2 children, a daughter who is a junior at WLSU studying art therapy and a son graduating from VTI in February 2019. She also shares her home with two dogs, Josie and Scorpio, and three cats, Julie, Mary and Monster.
Brianne Schultz, CVT,who recently joined the VTI faculty, has four years of experience administering chemotherapy to patients and working one-on-one with clients in the Medical Oncology Department at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center. A 2014 Vet Tech Institute graduate, she also has participated in a study abroad program through the South African University.
Melissa Sowa, CVT,gathered a variety of experience after graduated from Vet Tech Institute in 2009. For four years, she was part of a 24/7- 365 practice that handled both emergencies and routine care. She then joined a fast-paced clinic that performed 30-to-40 surgeries per day; during her four years there, she completed her apprentice with AWDA and became a certifier and evaluator for SAR teams. Along the way, she has earned a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Argosy University. She and her husband, Piet, live with their two German shepherds, Vader and Neo, and their cat, Isis. Melissa still finds time to teach dog classes, compete in dog sports, lead a unit on a search and rescue team, be a handler for K9 Vader and K9 Neo, and operate as a certifier for search-and-rescue k9 teams.
We encourage students to live together at Penn Commons, which is a 5 minute walk away and is located in downtown Pittsburgh's historic cultural district. We have arranged for our students to receive preferred pricing at a discount to Penn Common's already affordable rates. Living with other Vet Tech Institute students at Penn Commons is a great way to have a stronger sense of community, shorten your commute, make close friends, and experience living on your own.
Students choosing to live at Penn Commons reside in fully furnished suites. To learn more about rooms, resident amenities, and on-site security, request more information, ask your VTI representative to arrange a tour of Penn Commons, or visit the site at www.penncommons.com.
Check out the convenient student housing options at the Penn Commons website!
July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019
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Animal Care Duty
Vet Tech Institute maintains an on-site kennel housing dogs, cats, and rodents. An important part of the education provided by the Veterinary Technology program is learning hands-on the duties and responsibilities of animal care and sanitation. Therefore, all veterinary technology students are assigned to participate in kennel duty shifts before and after classes and on weekends. The number of assigned weeks depends on the number of students.
The school catalog contains specific information about school policies. You can find information on admissions policies and practices, contact information for accrediting and state licensing agencies, information on tuition and fees, refund policies and other consumer information.
The Vet Tech Institute Veterinary Technology Program is currently accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The address and telephone number of the American Veterinary Medical Association are 1931 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173, (847) 925-8070.
Vet Tech Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The address, telephone number, and website of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges are 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302, Arlington, VA 22201, (703) 247-4212, www.accsc.org.