Sunnyvale Veterinary Clinic Staff Education and Certification

We have a very educated staff! Here's what their various certifications mean:


  • RVT: A Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) is an individual who has completed an accredited two or four year program in veterinary technology and has passed a state board examination.


  • CVA: A Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) is an individual who has completed an accredited online training program consisting of more than 100 videos and documents, has completed at least 600 hours of hands-on training under the supervision of a veterinarian or Registered Veterinary Technician, and has passed a certification examination. All of our veterinary assistants are currently pursuing either their RVT or their CVA.

  • Low Stress Handling Certified: Low Stress Handling Certification, introduced in 2014, was developed by Dr. Sophia Yin, who was a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, author and international expert on Low Stress Handling. As soon as we heard about this program, we knew that we wanted to get our staff certified to improve our skills and make our patients more comfortable. This certification includes coursework consisting of 10 lecture/labs totaling 20 hours of online training and practice exercises, followed by exams after each course and a final examination at the end of the program. These courses cover pet behavior and specific low-stress handling techniques to help pets feel more comfortable during veterinary examinations and procedures. The goal of enrolling our employees in this program is to create the least stressful, most compassionate experience possible for pets in our hospital.

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