Meet Melinda Buckingham, Instructor - Penn Foster Veterinary Academy
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Melinda Buckingham, CVT

Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology, Johnson College
Melinda Buckingham Veterinary Academy Faculty

I knew I wanted to work with animals since I was a small child. I graduated from a local college with my Associate’s degree in 2009. Prior to working at Penn Foster College, I worked 9 years in Emergency & Critical Care, Internal Medicine, & Referral Surgery.


  • Member of IVECCS
  • Member of NAVTA

What are some of your interests?
When I am not spending time with my family, I enjoy playing softball and watching any kind of sporting event. I have many nieces and nephews who play all kinds of sports and I love to attend. Football is my favorite sport to watch and I love the Steelers.

What is one piece of advice you'd like to give to students?
Never stop learning. Medicine is always changing and growing and there is so much you can learn. I think it is so important to continue to learn throughout your career. There is so much a veterinary technician can do. Don’t be afraid to reach for your dreams!

What is one thing you could not live without?
My family — especially my children

Do you have any pets? If so, what kinds?
2 cats — Ricky Ticky Tabby & Bella

What is one of your favorite quotes?
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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