Get to Know the Vet Tech Institute
At the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School, we are devoted to helping our vet tech students achieve their registered veterinary technician goals. Students can graduate from our veterinary technology program in as little as 18 months!
The first location of the Vet Tech Institute was part of the Median School of Allied Health Careers, founded in Pittsburgh in 1958. Since then, the Vet Tech Institute has grown to include seven locations across the United States.
At the Vet Tech Institute, faculty from the seven VTI locations share teaching methods, curriculum ideas and resources. As a result, students at the Vet Tech Institute gain from being part of a well-respected and larger institution, with the benefits of a smaller school.
VTI Fast Facts
- The veterinary technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
- In 18 months, students can earn their associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology.
- Students have access to on-site kennels, surgical suites and clinical labs.
- Graduates are invited to use our career placement services throughout their careers.
All of our students and faculty share a passion for animals. It’s that unique blend of shared passion and shared goals that creates a family like atmosphere and creates the strong bonds of friendship.
Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School faculty members include:
Angela Beal, DVM is the Veterinary Technology Program Manager at the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine and worked in private practice before joining the Bradford School in 2005 where she instructed the very first class of Veterinary Technology students. Dr. Beal teaches several core courses, including Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacology, and Anesthesia. She works to uphold the standards of veterinary technician education and keep the program curriculum current. She has authored chapters for several veterinary technician textbooks and is one of the editors of McCurnin’s Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 9th ed., and is actively involved in the planning of the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference as co-chair of the technician education committee. Dr. Beal is the mother of two boys, as well as two cats (Cami and Crackie) and a chihuahua (Yogi) that she adopted from the program.
Jennifer Seaholm, DVM completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Findlay and then went on to earn a degree at the Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she practiced in Dublin, Ohio at a small animal clinic and then joined Bradford in 2006. As an instructor at Bradford, she teaches classes such as Anesthesia, Pharmacology, Surgical Nursing and Clinical Medicine. She currently lives in Dublin with her husband, son, daughter, cats Rex and Roman, and whippets Missy and Angel.
Vera Kazaniwskyj, DVM is an instructor for the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School. Dr. Kazaniwskyj is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine and is currently working part-time at an emergency animal hospital in addition to her teaching. Dr. Kazaniwskyj primarily teaches large animal and clinical medicine courses. In her free time, she loves to hike and camp with her two terriers, Gus and Dudley.
Rebecca O'Meara, RVT is the Veterinary Technology Lead Instructor and the Technical Operations Manager of the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School. Rebecca is a graduate of Fairmont State University (now Pierpont Community and Technical College) in West Virginia where she earned her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. She also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in management and leadership from Franklin University. She worked in private practice as well as at Cornell University Companion Animal Hospital before joining Bradford School in the fall of 2005. Rebecca teaches numerous technical skills and surgical nursing courses as well as keeping the school’s equipment maintained and supplies stocked. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters as well as a rambunctious labradoodle.
Toni Ross, RVT is the Animal Welfare Coordinator at the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School. Toni is a 2006 graduate of the Vet Tech Institute and worked in private practice for several years before returning to Bradford in 2010. Toni oversees the kennel and assists students with their skills in and out of the classroom. She is also the chairperson of the school’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee that helps set and uphold USDA standards for the animals within the facility. She is a mother of 3 boys, as well as 5 cats and 3 dogs.
Lindsay Garette, RVT is a Veterinary Technology instructor at the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School. She is a graduate of Columbus State Community College. Prior to coming to Bradford in October 2014 she worked in private practice for 13 years. As a part-time instructor she teaches several skill-based courses and is an active Veterinary Technician in a small animal practice in the evenings. She is a mother as well as an owner of 2 Maltese, a Chihuahua, 2 cats, and a turtle that she has had for more than 20 years.
Sherry Striblin, BS, RVT, VDT graduated from Columbus State Community College Veterinary Technology program in 1993 with a license as a Registered Veterinary Technician in the State of Ohio. She became certified as a Veterinary Dental Technician in 1998, became Nationally Boarded in 2004, and also holds a license as a Registered Veterinary Technician in the State of North Carolina. Sherry’s background encompasses many years of small animal private practice and university-level patient care. Since 2008 she has been a Veterinary Technology instructor of many skills-based and lecture classes for the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School. She is also published in the National Association of Veterinary Technician (NAVTA) Magazine. Sherry is married with two children, 3 goldfish, and 3 hermit crabs.
Rachel McGinty, RVT graduated from Columbus State Community College with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. After graduation she worked in private practice for several years, and in 2006 began teaching at the Vet Tech Institute. As a full-time instructor she teaches many core classes such as Radiology, Parasitology, and multiple lab classes. She is also delving into the world of writing, as she is currently working on a chapter for a major veterinary technician textbook. When she's not teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband and her Pitbull Madeline. She also has two cats and a turtle.
Going to School in Columbus, OH
Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School is located in the Easton area of Columbus and has convenient access to public transportation, parking, and recreation. The Columbus, OH location of the Vet Tech Institute has a reputation that has attracted students from around the state. Students benefit from this diversity and also are among peers who share their love for animals.
Many vet tech students live in our on-campus student residence facilities to round out their VTI experience. Living in our student residence facilities is a great way to have a stronger sense of community, shorten your commute, make close friends, and experience living on your own. Students have the opportunity to make new friends as they share our fully furnished, two-bedroom, two-bath facilities.
- Free parking
- Secure building access
- Utilities included, including cable TV and high-speed internet access
- On-site laundry facilities
- Full kitchen
Vet Tech students also live in the apartment complex located adjacent to our campus. Students can easily walk to classes from this complex.