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Get to Know the Vet Tech Institute

At the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College, 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

VTI Faculty

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 Hickey College faculty members include:

Susan Starr, D.V.M., is the Program Director for the Veterinary Technology program. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to her current position, Dr. Starr worked for many years growing and managing small animal practices, including Tender Care Animal Hospital, Cloud Veterinary Center, Rock Road Animal Hospital, Paw Patch Animal Hospital, and Hazelwood Animal Hospital.

Elizabeth Cook, RVT, graduated from Concordia University-Wisconsin  with a Bachelor of Arts.  She went on to complete her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology at Madison Area Technical College.  Ms. Cook previously worked at Lodi Veterinary Hospital, The Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas (VSH), and Kingsbury Animal Hospital.

Courtney Frey, RVT, graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology.  She also obtained a Bachelors Degree from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. Ms. Frey previously worked at the Oakton-Vienna Veterinary Hospital, The Hope Center for Veterinary Medicine Emergency Department, and Associated Veterinary Specialists.

Robin Graham, RVT, graduated from Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. She also obtained a Bachelor Degree in Applied Management from Hickey College. Ms. Graham previously worked at Veterinary Specialty Services.

Doug Haines, RVT, graduated Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA with an Associate of Applied Science Degree. He then went on to complete his Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology at Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College.  Mr. Haines previously worked at Midwest Veterinary Referral Clinic.

Andrea Kohnen, RVT, graduated from Lincoln Memorial University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with a concentration in Business. Ms. Kohnen previously worked at Horseshoe Lake Animal Hospital.  

Deborah Wilson, RVT, graduated from Columbia State Community College with an Associate degree in Veterinary Technology.  She has over 25 years of clinical experience, with the last ten of those years at Veterinary Specialty Services.  Ms. Wilson is a Missouri Master Naturalist and a dog agility enthusiast.  

Audra Sever, RVT, graduated from Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology.   Mrs. Sever previously worked at Associated Veterinary Specialists as an internal medicine technician.

Dawn Mrad, D.V.M., graduated from Drury College before going on to obtain a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Dr. Mrad completed a residency in equine internal medicine at the University of Missouri.  Since completing her residency, Dr. Mrad has been employed by Mid-Rivers Equine Centre, a private practice in Wentzville, Missouri. 

Going to School in St. Louis, MO

Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College is located in St. Louis, MO and has convenient access to public transportation, parking, and recreation. The St. Louis 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 students live in our on-campus student residence facilities to round out their Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College experience. 

Living in the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College 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.  The primary residence facility for our students is Bennington Heights Apartments. Students choosing to live in the residence facilities will reside in furnished townhomes. 

Each two-story townhome offers: 

  • Two bedrooms
  • One and one-half bathrooms
  • Living area
  • Kitchen
  • Washer/dryer
  • Outdoor patio

Students enjoy access to the clubhouse at Bennington Heights Apartments, which has the following amenities: Wi-Fi, two computer labs, a work-out facility, three pools, and a spacious lounge for relaxing or watching television with friends.





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