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Our AVMA-CVTEA fully accredited Veterinary Technician training program can help you gain the skills to take the first steps towards an exciting new career in the booming field of veterinary technology. In our online veterinary technician school, you'll study a wide range of topics and gain real-world vet technician experience during the clinical externship portions of the program. Plus, our online courses allow you to earn your associate degree and prepare for the VTNE exam at home or on the go, and study on your schedule.

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Affording an AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technician program isn’t easy. At Penn Foster, we work to make sure our Vet Tech tuition costs and fees are as low as possible. With our payment plan options, you can work toward the rewarding career you want on a budget that works for you!
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Why Choose Penn Foster's Vet Tech Online Program

Full AVMA-CVTEA Accreditation
Our program is one of only a few online veterinary technician degree programs with full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
Accomplished Faculty
Accomplished Faculty
Ready to support you every step of the way, our award-winning faculty includes licensed veterinarians and credentialed veterinary technicians, some of whom are authors of veterinary technology textbooks as well as national leaders in the profession.
Student Experience
Student Experience
Our expert faculty, strong Vet Tech student community, interactive curriculum, and required hands-on externship experience make for an engaging online learning experience that will help you take the first step towards becoming a certified Veterinary Technician.

Penn Foster Veterinary Hospital Partners

Penn Foster has partnerships with some of the largest veterinary hospitals in the country including Banfield, VCA, and BluePearl who recognize the quality of our AVMA-CVTEA accredited program.
Banfield is the largest general-veterinary practice in the world with more than 1,000 hospitals in the US. More than 3,500 Banfield veterinarians are committed to providing high-quality veterinary care for over three million pets annually.
VCA has over 750 hospitals nationwide. They attract some of the nation's most talented veterinarians and serve as a primary training ground for the industry's next generation of veterinary specialists. Through our partnership with VCA, you can apply for your externship at a VCA hospital near you.
BluePearl is a national provider of specialty and emergency veterinary care. With hospitals located throughout the country, BluePearl veterinarians use innovative procedures, high-tech equipment, and the latest treatment methods to provide comprehensive medical care to pets.
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Veterinary Technician Program Features

  • VTNE Preparation
    VTNE Preparation
    Penn Foster College’s Vet Tech program has full AVMA-CVTEA accreditation, so graduates are eligible to sit for the VTNE examination. Click here to view test scores for Penn Foster's Vet Tech students.
  • Affordable Cost, Amazing Value
    Affordable Cost, Amazing Value
    One of the most affordable programs in the country: Pay up to $79 per credit, plus 0% interest payment plans available.
  • Largest Student Community
    Largest Student Community
    Penn Foster’s online Veterinary Technician degree program has one of the largest student bodies in the nation,¹ and a vibrant online Vet Tech Student Community.
  • Successful Alumni
    Successful Alumni
    Over 211 students graduated from Penn Foster's Vet Tech program in 2017, more than any other program in the country.
  • Interactive Content
    Interactive Content
    Award-winning vet tech terminology mobile memory game and e-modules in the student portal that include games and quizzes covering topics from your courses.
  • Book Option
    Book Option
    Choose between printed textbooks or online textbooks to best suit your learning needs.
Welcome to Penn Foster's Veterinary Academy
At Penn Foster College, we are incredibly proud of the hard work that goes into our Veterinary Technician Associate Degree program. From our award-winning faculty and staff and our passionate and hardworking community of students and alumni, we’d like to welcome you to Penn Foster’s Veterinary Academy.
As the number of pets per household increases, the need for trained professionals to take care of our furry friends is on the rise. With a projected 20% growth rate through 2026² in the field, now is a great time to pursue your training with Penn Foster College. Veterinary Technicians have an average salary of $32,490² per year and licensed Vet Techs can find positions in various environments such as:
  • Small and large animal veterinary practices
  • Zoos and wildlife facilities
  • Humane societies or animal control facilities
  • And even research facilities
Take your first steps toward a rewarding career helping animals with Penn Foster’s AVMA accredited online Vet Tech degree!
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Vet Tech Program Reviews

"Penn Foster gave my the confidence and knowledge to seamlessly step into my role as an educator, surgery technician and manager."

Nicole L., Vet Tech Graduate

"I took a stack of online education programs to my veterinarian and said, 'If you had to hire somebody from any of these schools, which one would you choose?' He took some time and came back to me and said 'Penn Foster.'"

Elizabeth E., Vet Tech Graduate

"Without Penn Foster I would more than likely still be working in retail. Penn Foster gave me the courage and direction to finally work in the field I had wanted."

Tammy C., Vet Tech Graduate

Veterinary Technician Course Details

Penn Foster College's online Veterinary Technician Associate Degree program includes courses that will help you take the first step towards becoming a licensed veterinary technician. You'll cover animal anatomy and physiology, medical and surgical nursing, radiography, nutrition, and much more.

And, because our program is a certified veterinary technician program accredited by the American or Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, our graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) in order to be credentialed as a licensed veterinary technician.

Penn Foster Veterinary Technician Curriculum
With flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your Veterinary Technician Associate Degree online today.


Q. What is the salary for a Veterinary Technician role?

A. Veterinary technicians have a median salary of $33,400 per year,³ and job growth is projected to increase much faster than average in the next several years.

Q. What can I do with a Veterinary Technician Associate Degree?

A. Licensed veterinary technicians can find positions in various environments such as small and large animal veterinary practices, zoos and wildlife facilities, humane societies or animal control centers, and even research facilities.

Q. How much does a Veterinary Technician Associate Degree cost?

A. Tuition costs up to $79 per credit, with the semester fee adjusting slightly based on our current offer. Visit our tuition page for the most current tuition information.

Q. Is the Veterinary Technician degree accredited?

A. Penn Foster College's Vet Tech Associate Degree program has full accreditation with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). Additionally, Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Q. What Veterinary Technician skills will I learn in this degree program?

A. Skills covered in the Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program include fundamentals of pharmacy and pharmacology, nursing, anesthesia, surgical nursing, laboratory procedures, imaging, laboratory animal procedures, avian, exotic, small mammal, and fish procedures, and other veterinary basics. College level courses also build a well-rounded skill set in areas such as computer and information literacy, written and interpersonal skills, humanities, liberal arts, math, and sciences.

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¹ The AVMA-CVTEA reported 15,866 active online associate degree students and Penn Foster reported 13,613 active students during the same time period.

² Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition on the Internet here.

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