About

Our Mission
The Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology educates and prepares effective, productive, service oriented veterinary health care team leaders for a diversity of career opportunities.

Our Vision
• To be the premier school of veterinary technology.
• To remain progressive by embracing cutting edge technologies and methods in veterinary medicine.
• To provide an intimate educational environment to produce veterinary paraprofessionals who are knowledgeable, proficient, and possess highly effective interpersonal skills.
• To promote intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning.
• To produce a complete veterinary technician by integrating academic knowledge with hands on opportunities.

Our Core Values
• Compassion
• Critical Thinking
• Service Orientation to Clients and Patients
• Integrity
• Applied Clinical Proficiency

Our Faculty
Our dedicated faculty and staff keep our programs and students working to the highest standards.

Steve Rubin, DVM – Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Rubin is the 2007 founder and principal of CAVT and serves as CEO, Chief Admissions Officer and Chief Registrar.   He is a native of New York, a graduate of Cornell University and holds the DVM degree from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He has an extensive background in clinical veterinary medicine with emphasis on emergency care to companion animals.

Lindsey Williams, CVT, VTS (ECC) – Program Director

Lindsey began working in veterinary medicine in 1998, and received her Associate in Applied Science degree from the Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology in 2000. She has extensive clinical experience in multiple specialty practices including surgery, dermatology, neurology, and emergency and critical care.  Lindsey joined the faculty at CAVT in 2015, and in 2016 received her certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency Critical Care.  In 2017, she opened Altitude Augmented Veterinary Training Systems, a consulting firm, which specializes in developing training protocols at local veterinary hospitals.  Lindsey is also the author of the textbook, Clinical Mathematics for Veterinary Technicians.

Scott Bormanis, DVM, MPH, DACVPM – Medical Director

Dr. Bormanis received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri in 1994 and served in the U.S. Army over 22 years, retiring in September 2016. In 2002, he earned his Masters of Public Health degree, specializing in Infectious and Tropical Diseases, from the University of South Florida. He also became board certified in veterinary preventive medicine through the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2002.  Dr. Bormanis has extensive experience in veterinary public health, food safety, and disaster management and is a USDA trained and certified foreign animal disease diagnostician (FADD). While in the U.S. Army, Dr. Bormanis frequently taught soldiers and military civilian employees on various veterinary medicine, food safety, and public health topics. He is also an American Heart Association certified CPR instructor and has taught many Basic Life Support (BLS), and Heart Saver (CPR/AED) courses since 2014. Dr. Bormanis joined the CAVT faculty in July 2016 and has taught several upper level courses.

Becky Devine, CVT – Instructor

Becky Devine graduated 1st in her class at the Omaha College of Health Careers in Nebraska with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Animal Health Technology in 2000. She has experience working in orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, and emergency critical care at various specialty animal hospitals throughout the United States.  Becky also has experience as a Veterinary Technician instructor since 2010 at Kaplan College, Pima Medical Institute, and the East Valley Institute of Technology in Arizona.

Jodi España, RVT, CVT – Instructor

Jodi España is a graduate with honors of Cosumness River College in California with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology/Animal Science. She has been in the field since 1998 and has extensive experience as a diverse veterinary technician in large, small and ranch animal clinics as well as zoo and wildlife veterinary care. Her passions in the field include client education/public relations, dentistry, anesthesiology and surgery, endocrine disease, behavior and emergency care.

Colleen Hallahan, CVT – Instructor

Colleen received her Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from the Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology in 2014.  After graduation she became an instructor in the CAVT Veterinary Assisting Program.  Colleen continued advancing her skills working in emergency and shelter medicine.  In 2015, she joined the faculty of CAVT’s technician program.  Colleen has a special interest in anesthesia and pain management.

Susan Herrel, CVT – Instructor

Susan Herrel is a graduate with honors from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Colorado. She has over 30 years of professional experience with veterinary medicine and animal health care and has worked as an instructor at the Pima Medical Institute in Colorado Springs. Susan has almost two decades in being the owner/operator of her German Shorthair Pointer kennel and enjoys animal husbandry raising puppies.

Amy Horst, B.S. – Instructor

Amy Horst is a graduate of Biola University in California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry. She has taught at the Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology since 2008.

Michelle, Mangette, CVT, BA, ALAT – Instructor

Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Fort Valley State University in Georgia. She found herself in Omaha working as a research technician for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Creighton University. She moved to Colorado Springs in 2014 when her husband was stationed at Peterson AFB. Michelle is a Certified Veterinary Technician.

Michele Pullaro, CVT, AGS- Instructor

Michele Pullaro received her AS in General Studies and Veterinary Technology from Front Range Community College in Fort Collins in 1996. She has over sixteen years of combined experience as a Certified Veterinary Technician and fifteen years of clinical experience as an educator in the field of Veterinary Medicine, focused in Neurology, Cardiology, and Small Animal Surgery.

Kimberly Rousey, CVT- Instructor

Kimberly graduated from the Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology in 2015.  She began working in veterinary medicine in 1998 and during that time has had the opportunity to work in many small animal general practice clinics around the world.  She has also completed a Veterinary Assistant Certification Program, and is a Certified Canine Massage Therapist.  Kimberly has been teaching at CAVT since 2015.

Jennifer Silveira, CVT – Instructor

Jenny Silveira is a graduate with honors from the Bel-Rea School of Animal Technology in Colorado. She has been employed in various animal specialty and emergency clinics in Colorado and is working toward her VTS in Emergency and Critical Care.

Season Sparks, CVT – Instructor

Season Sparks is a graduate of Brown Mackie College in Kansas with an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. She has worked at various animal hospitals in California and Colorado.

Stephanie Winters, CVT, VTS (ECC) – Instructor

Stephanie Winters earned an ASS from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. Since graduation she has been working in dog and cat emergency and critical care medicine, with an emphasis in sepsis and critical care anesthesia. In 2010 she received her certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care. She uses her 15 years of experience to teach continuing education classes to veterinarians and veterinary technicians.   In January 2018, she is hoping to start logging anesthesia cases for her second Veterinary Technician Specialty.

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