Companion Animal Care Technician

Companion Animal Care Technician Diploma Program

All programs have been converted to a hybrid format incorporating online instruction with on-campus instruction for hands-on components.  Please contact the school for program specifics and safety guidance and protocols.

Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. Use your time wisely and enroll today. This program was online and continues to be online ONLY.

What is an Animal Companion Care Technician?

Animal Companion Care Technicians work closely with animals in a wide variety of settings. This highly crucial role monitors and maintains the health of animals big and small in a number of ways. Broadly speaking, Animal Companion Care Technicians assist in receiving new animals for their given organization, cleaning and maintaining animal living quarters and providing food and water. Animal Companion Care Technicians enjoy a variety of career paths as they advance their on-the-job experience with animal care. Whether you want to work independently online or in a traditional veterinary office setting, animal store, or animal daycare center, you could have the credentials you need to begin a rewarding career upon graduation.

According to the American Pet Products Association, pet owners are expected to spend over $99 billion on their pets this year, including animal care.1

What Career Options are Available for Animal Companion Care Technicians?

If you want to maintain flexibility in your animal care career and are seeking a program with a variety of career paths, this 10-month program could be right for you. Our animal care technician program blends multiple aspects of animal care into one simple program. For instance, this program could prepare you to become a small animal obedience trainer, groomer, animal attendant, animal massage therapist or veterinary office assistant.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in Ohio for animal trainers is expected to increase by 15%.2 

Our Stautzenberger Animal Companion Care Technician Program provides you with an opportunity to fill this gap in a number of different ways in many different settings.

How do I Start an Animal Companion Care Technician Program?

There are many paths to becoming an Animal Companion Care Technician, but one of the most comprehensive is through our program at Stautzenberger College. This program is meant to help you stand out in a crowded market place and display your preparedness through your education in animal care. Our 10-month program will provide you with a background in topics such as:

  • 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.

Why Choose Our College?

For over 90 years, Stautzenberger College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. We take a streamlined approach to education. Our curricula help students develop a particular skill set and knowledge base for a career rather than receive only a general education. We train you for jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community.

We offer affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention, unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors, who have real-world experience in their field. Most programs have classes that are highly hands-on so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. Some programs also offer an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work.

We offer on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you with more opportunities for jobs with room for growth.

We know it's all about a job. Our career services team has done the networking for you with numerous local employers. Prior to graduation, we could help find the perfect job for you. Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilities.

All of us here at Stautzenberger College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We are here to prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 10 months

100% of the program is online

After you complete the Companion Animal Care Technician Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Animal Welfare Business Management Associate Degree completion program.  That's only 17 months total to get an associate degree.

Reference:, retrieved 4/9/2020


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