Get to Know the Vet Tech Institute
At the Vet Tech Institute, we are devoted to helping our vet tech students achieve their certified veterinary technician goals. Students can graduate from our veterinary technology program in as little as 18 months!
The first location of the Vet Tech Institute was part of the Median School of Allied Health Careers, founded in Pittsburgh in 1958. Since then, the Vet Tech Institute has grown to include seven locations across the United States.
At the Vet Tech Institute, faculty from the seven VTI locations share teaching methods, curriculum ideas and resources. As a result, students at the Vet Tech Institute gain from being part of a well-respected and larger institution, with the benefits of a smaller school.
VTI Fast Facts
- The veterinary technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
- In 18 months, students can earn their associate in specialized technology degree in veterinary technology.
- Students have access to on-site kennels, a surgical suite and clinical labs.
- Graduates are invited to use our career placement services throughout their careers.
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 from North Carolina State University in Raleigh with a B.S. in Animal Science and a minor in genetics. Dr. Clermont obtained her veterinary medical degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2010. Dr. Clermont co-authored a study about Cushing’s disease in horses while she was student at the University of Tennessee. After graduation, she worked for four years as a general veterinary practitioner in Virginia Beach, VA where she performed medical and surgical procedures. In 2014, she and her husband moved to Pittsburgh, PA, and Dr. Clermont joined Vet Tech Institute.
Lisa M. Szafranski, CVT, Program Coordinator, graduated from Median School of Allied Health Careers with an Associate in Specialized Technology Degree. She is the Program Coordinator, SCNAVTA Advisor and instructor at the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh. She has been working in the veterinary field for over 30 years. In addition to working at VTI she 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, has competed in agility and obedience trials with her dogs.
As an instructor, “Mrs. S” as the students call her, brings her enthusiasm and love of the field of veterinary medicine into the class room! Her “Mrs. S-isms” are a helpful way to retain the much needed Terminology words. You will have the opportunity to be instructed by Mrs. S in many subjects throughout your terms and she looks forward to meeting you.
Going to School in Pittsburgh, PA
Vet Tech Institute is located in downtown Pittsburgh and has convenient access to public transportation, parking, and recreation. The Vet Tech Institute has a reputation that has attracted students from around the country. Students benefit from this diversity and also are among peers who share their love for animals.
Vet Tech Institute students have the option and are encouraged to live together at Penn Commons. It is located in downtown's cultural district and only a 5 minute walk from Vet Tech Institute. Penn Commons offers fully-furnished suites, on-site security, a short commute to class and provides students with a sense of community. Students will receive preferred pricing at a discount, making Penn Commons even more affordable. For more information, please request information using the form below or visit our housing page.