Companion Animal Care Technician

Companion Animal Care Technician Diploma Program

03/2020: All programs have been converted to online.  Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. You can start your program ONLINE at Stautzenberger College today. The College moved to online instruction for all our programs to be in compliance with Governor Mike DeWine’s executive order.
Don’t postpone enrolling.  Use your time wisely and enroll today.  This program was online and continues to be online ONLY.

If you enjoy working with animals but want a variety of career paths, this ten-month program could be right for you.  Our companion animal care technician program blends multiple aspects of animal care into one simple program that could open up many career options to you.  For instance, you could choose to become a small animal obedience trainer, groomer, massage therapist, or veterinary office assistant.

According to the American Pet Products Association, pet owners are expected to spend over $75 billion on their pets this year1.  Many animal owners are unable to give their companions the pampering they deserve. 

This program provides you with the skills necessary to fill this gap.

Whether you want to work independently online or in a traditional veterinary office setting, animal store, or animal day care center, you could have the credentials you need to begin a rewarding career upon graduation.

Enjoy Strong Career Opportunities
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in Ohio for animal trainers is expected to increase by fifteen percent.1

1, retrieved 5/1/2019

Program length – 10 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