Companion Animal Care Technician

Companion Animal Care Technician Diploma Program


Dog groomer? Veterinary office assistant? Small animal massage therapist? Obedience trainer?

There are so many animal-centered careers that it can be a challenge just knowing where to start. The good news is, you don't have to choose right away. Our companion animal care technician program is designed to train you in a wide variety of disciplines. When you do make a decision about your dream job, you can already be prepared.

Top ten reasons an animal care technician career is a fantastic choice for animal lovers:

  1. Veterinary office management.
    Study some of the subjects that come second-hand to veterinary office assistants. We offer classes in anatomy, animal diseases, breed identification, and proper animal handling.  
  2. Grooming.
    Basic hygiene and grooming are necessary for a companion animal's health. Unfortunately, most animal owners don't have the time to give their companion the pampering they deserve. Learn how to properly groom so that you can provide this service for animals in need. 
  3. Massage.
    Humans aren't the only species to benefit from massages! When animals are tired or stressed, massages can rejuvenate them as well. Learn more about this increasingly popular practice, and then hone your massage techniques with animals at our Brecksville campus.
  4. Behavior and training.
    Even the most unruly puppy can become a fit companion with a little effort. Learn what makes animals tick so they can live more comfortably with their owners.
  5. Interpersonal development.
    Animals are not the sole focus of this curriculum. You'll improve your communication and customer service skills to better assist pet owners.
  6. Well-rounded training.
    Unlike some other institutions, Stautzenberger College blends multiple aspects of animal care into one simple program. Having this great variety of knowledge can open up many more career options to you.
  7. Bright job outlook.
    According to Onet Online, projected employment growth of non-farm animal caretakers is fifteen percent.1
  8. Online classes.
    Much of the course material can be accessed from home! Fit learning around your hectic schedule while slashing the transportation and babysitting costs.  
  9. Hands-on components.
    Not all of your learning will be online. We provide students with the opportunity to practice grooming, massaging, and training animals at our Brecksville campus. This will give you better experience for your future job and make you a stronger candidate at interviews. 
  10. Many job opportunities.
    The greatest benefit to this diploma is that it prepares you for not just one but multiple career paths. Possible entry-level careers include: pet stylist, dog obedience instructor, animal attendant, and many more. If you have ever wanted to work with animals, do not put off your dream any longer. Contact us today to get started!

1 National Center for O*NET Development.   39-2021.00.  O*NET OnLine.   Retrieved January 8, 2018, from


Program length – 11 months


Online with on-ground components

In this program, students are taught the following: 

  • overview of veterinary medical practices
  • animal wellbeing
  • behavior modification and training
  • animal massage and grooming
  • animal safety
  • ethics
  • communication skills within an animal care professional context

Students complete an externship in a professional animal care setting to gain hands-on experience prior to program completion.

The all-encompassing education at Stautzenberger College is designed to prepare students for a myriad of possible careers. Possible entry-level careers include: dog groomer, pet stylist, small animal massage therapist, veterinary office assistant, dog obedience trainer/instructor, and animal attendant.

Demand for nonfarm animal caretakers is expected to grow by 9-13% though 2024.1

1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Employment Projections 2014-2024,retrieved 6/8/16

Online with components delivered at:
Brecksville, OH