Hi, gang, my name is Dr. Jim Hurrell, the Director of Penn Foster’s Veterinary Academy and I am inviting you to take the first step towards your dream of becoming an animal care professional with Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Program.
“I took a stack of different online education programs to my veterinarian and I just said, if you had to hire somebody from any of these schools which would you pick? He took some time and he came back to me and said, Penn Foster.”
We know you take your passion for animals seriously. To learn animal care the right way, you’ll need hands-on training and a strong community for support and that’s what we’re here for. As one of only a few online programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Penn Foster Colleges’s Veterinary Technician program offers a quality experience at an affordable price.
“I feel like the Penn Foster program did prepare me for the VTNE. The skills were especially helpful. I am a hands-on learner so I think doing everything and having that opportunity to actually do the work really prepared me and made it all relevant.”
As part of the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician community, you will learn online from our award-winning team of instructors who are just as passionate about animal care as you are.
“The instructors, they have all been so helpful and so good. Anything that you need to know, they get back to you quickly.” Penn foster and its full-time faculty members have won awards specifically for excellence in teaching. We also have faculty members who have written textbooks and who are board members in various national veterinary organizations. So you are pretty hard-pressed to find another institution with a quality faculty that we have here at Penn Foster.
Our student portal makes navigating throughout your studies easier than ever. Allowing you to track your progress and set a schedule for yourself to help you stay on track. We also offer an award-winning tool to help you study and learn the language of medicine. Penn Foster’s Vet Tech Terminology Challenge provides a series of challenges to help you learn medical terminology inside and out and works to build your confidence, knowledge, and credibility on the job while you’re having fun. There is absolutely no shortage of support for Penn Foster Vet Tech students and our online community provides you with 24/7 access to our network of Penn Foster students and alumni.
“I have got several points accumulated on the Community page. I have spent a lot of time combing through the questions. Not only asking my own questions but trying to help other students with answering theirs.”
We believe that our students benefit most from an interactive program in addition to the hands-on training you’ll receive as part of our vet tech program. Penn Foster offers weekly webinars to our vet tech students as well as in-person meetups for those looking to connect with other Penn Foster students and faculty.
“I have learned so much about different species of animals. Animals that I have trained but perhaps did not know nearly as much about that I now know more about anatomically as well as behaviorally. Penn Foster has made that so great for me and it’s just given me so much confidence.”
Enroll online today or call one of our admissions specialists to learn more about taking the first steps toward your career in animal care with Penn Foster’s Veterinary Academy.
"Penn Foster gave me the confidence and knowledge to seamlessly step into my role as an educator, surgery technician and manager."
Nicole L., Vet Tech Graduate
"Having my degree with Penn Foster gave my future employer more confidence in me and allowed me to take National Veterinary Technician test, which elevated me above other candidates."
Galina R., Veterinary Technician 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
Q. What is the salary for a Veterinary Technician role?
A. Veterinary technicians have a median salary of $35,320 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 $85 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.
Q. What are the vet tech practicum requirements?
A. There are two mandatory externship or practicums for this course. The first practicum is completed at the end of semester 2, after all academic work has been completed. Clinical Externship 1 is 200 hours over a 10 week period (though an extension can be applied on a case-by-case basis) and covers 29 skills. This first practicum focuses on cats and dogs.
Clinical Externship 2 takes place after your final semester’s academic work is complete. This externship is 250 hours long, over 18 weeks, and covers 51 skills. The last practicum covers small animals, large animals, and lab animals.
Students can review the skills requirements here.
Before beginning your externship, you’ll be required to submit the site you’d like to use for approval. If a site you want to do an externship at doesn’t meet all of the skills requirements, you are able to do your skills at different approved clinics.
Q. Does Penn Foster place students in an externship site?
A. No, Penn Foster does not place or assist in setting up placements for students. Students should locate an appropriate site in their area for externship. If you’re already employed at a clinic or site that meets the requirements, you are able to complete your practicum there as long as your employer is willing to allow you to do so.
Penn Foster has partnerships with clinics like VCA, Banfield, Blue Pearl, and more, at which students may have success in finding a placement. However, these partnerships do not guarantee placement and it is up to the discretion of the clinic whether or not they take on students.
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