The Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology educates and prepares effective, productive, service oriented veterinary health care team leaders for a diversity of career opportunities.
• To be the premier school of veterinary technology and assisting.
• 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 and assistant by integrating academic knowledge with hands on opportunities.
Our Core Values
• Critical Thinking
• Service Orientation to Clients and Patients
• Applied Clinical Proficiency
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, Admissions Officer and 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. Dr. Rubin teaches general education courses in English Composition and Communication and Introduction to Veterinary Technology & Animal Behavior.
Scott Bormanis, DVM, MPH, DACVPM – Instructor
Dr. Bormanis is a graduate of the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine and worked as an Army Veterinarian for more than 22 years prior to joining the CAVT staff. He also has a Masters of Public Health in Infectious and Tropical Diseases from the University of South Florida and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. He has extensive experience in veterinary public health, food safety, and disaster management and is a USDA trained foreign animal disease diagnostician (FADD). Dr. Bormanis teaches Parasitology, Dentistry, and oversees Directed Clinical Practice.
Becky Devine, CVT – Instructor
Becky Devine is a graduate of Omaha College of Health Careers in Nebraska with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Animal Health Technology. She has worked at various animal hospitals and emergency care centers throughout the United States. Becky also has experience as a Veterinary Technician instructor at Kaplan College and East Valley Institute of Technology in Arizona. She currently teaches Anatomy and Physiology I lab at the CAVT.
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 over 17 years of experience as a diverse veterinary technician in large, small and ranch animal clinics as well as zoo veterinary care. Her passions in the field include client education/public relations, dentistry, anesthesiology and surgery, endocrine disease, behavior and emergency care. At the CAVT, Jodi teaches Intermediate Nursing, Medical Mathematics, Dentistry Lab, and Directed Clinical Practice.
Christy Grihalva, CVT, NRP – Instructor
Christy began her career in 1991 as a veterinary assistant in general practice. She went on to earn her degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has spent a majority of her career focused on small animal Emergency and Critical Care. In addition, she has a degree in Paramedicine and is a Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP). Christy currently teaches Clinical Chemistry, Nutrition, and Practice & Self-Management at the CAVT.
Colleen Hallahan, CVT – Instructor
Colleen received her AAS in Veterinary Technology from the Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology. She instructs in the Veterinary Technology program in the areas of Pharmacology, Anesthesia Lab, Directed Clinical Practice, and Pharmacology/Anesthesia/VTNE Review and has clinical experience in shelter and emergency medicine.
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. She currently teaches the Veterinary Assistant program at the CAVT.
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 and currently teaches Biochemistry and Algebra and Pre-Medical Mathematics for first quarter students.
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 and currently teaches Exotic and Lab Animal Care and Medicine.
Michele Pullaro, CVT, AGS- Instructor
Michele Pullaro received her AS in General Studies and Veterinary Technology from Front Range Community College in Fort Collins. She has over sixteen years of combined experience as a Veterinary Technician and fifteen years of experience as an educator in the field of Veterinary Medicine, including ten years in the field of Neurology. She is also educated in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental health, and general studies. Michele currently teaches the general education course of Career Development and Technology. She also instructs Anatomy and Physiology I, Diagnostic Imaging, and VTNE Preparation.
Kimberly Rousey, CVT- Instructor
Kimberly is an honor graduate of the Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology. She has an extensive background in veterinary medicine, with 15 years of experience in many clinics and small animal practices around the world. She has also completed a Veterinary Assistant Certification Program, and is a Certified Canine Massage Therapist. At the CAVT, Kimberly teaches Basic Nursing, Medical Terminology I & II and Anatomy and Physiology I & II Laboratory.
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. Jenny currently teaches Large Animal Nursing, Survey of Companion Animal Diseases, and Directed Clinical Practice at the CAVT.
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. Season currently teaches Directed Clinical Practice at the CAVT.
Lindsey Williams, CVT, VTS (ECC) – Instructor
Lindsey began working as a veterinary assistant in 1998 and became a CVT in 2000. She is a graduate of the Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology. Lindsey has been in clinical practice for 18 years at hospitals in Colorado, Texas and Virginia, working in specialty practices including surgery, dermatology, neurology, and emergency and critical care. In 2016, she received her certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency Critical Care. At the CAVT, Lindsey teaches Anesthesia, Advanced Nursing, Directed Clinical Practice, and Anatomy & Physiology II.
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