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Penn Foster's Vet Tech School Features

Between the award-winning faculty and the strong Vet Tech student community, the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician Associate Degree program offers you a lot of value for your affordable tuition. You can even choose online or physical textbooks at no additional cost. Check out the variety of great interactive features designed to enhance your online learning experience for the regionally and nationally accredited Veterinary Technician program:

Award-Winning Faculty Team

Learn from Penn Foster’s dedicated and passionate Veterinary Academy Team! The experienced Faculty Team has over 100+ years of experience in teaching veterinary technician students!

  • Award-winning team won the 2015 AVTE-Merial Award for Excellence in Team Teaching
  • Distinguished team Director won the 2014 USDLA International Distance Learning Award
  • Experienced faculty members include licensed veterinarians and credentialed veterinary technicians, some of whom are authors of veterinary technology textbooks as well as national leaders in the profession

Vet Tech Terminology Challenge

Get more out of the topics covered in your courses with games and quizzes on veterinary terminology and vocabulary:

  • Challenge yourself with the award-winning vet tech terminology game for Vet Tech students
  • Test your knowledge with digital flashcards, helpful visual aides, and fill-in-the-blanks
  • Customize your learning through filtering by content and activity
  • Access anywhere on your phone, tablet or laptop, with or without cell or wireless service

Hands-On Externship Experience

As a student in Penn Foster's Vet Tech school, you will be required to perform clinical hands-on skills during two clinical externships in the program. This allows you to apply the knowledge you have gained in your academic courses in real-life scenarios in veterinary practices.

  • Gain hands-on experience alongside licensed veterinarians and credentialed veterinary technicians
  • Two clinical externships through a private practice near your home, or apply through our partner, VCA Animal Hospitals¹

Live Webinars

Over the course of the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician program, you will have the opportunity to attend many webinars in all of your veterinary technician courses. These live webinars will allow you to ask questions in real time.

  • Attend weekly webinars given by a member of the Faculty Team for nearly all veterinary technician courses
  • Occurring both day and night, depending on the course
  • Everything you Need to Know Series gives you vital information to help you prepare for success in your courses, externships, and career

Digital Study Units and Study Guides

Your study materials include:

  • Short assignments so you can fit your studies into your busy schedule
  • Relevant content tied directly to learning objectives, including video recordings of lectures
  • Practice questions to help you prepare for exams
  • Textbook recaps reinforce key points from your reading
  • Activities to check your understanding as you progress toward the lesson exam
  • Customizable settings allowing you to view your study guide on any device and take notes that synchronize with your student portal

Student Community

Enjoy 24/7 access to Penn Foster’s online Student Community!

  • Connect with Student Ambassadors, Faculty members, and thousands of students in our Veterinary Technician degree program in the Vet Tech space in the Community
  • Share your animal interests and experiences with each other in this Space
  • Learn from each other through posts, regional study groups, and student blogs
  • Discover self-help learning resources for externships, career guidance, job postings, and more


¹ This program requires the student to complete an externship in both Semester 2 and Semester 4. Students will be required to obtain health insurance prior to the start of their externships. All costs associated with the externships are the responsibility of the student. Students are asked to identify externship sites and are expected to complete a minimum of 450 hours of practice in the program. The Vet Clinical Coordinator validates that the placement is in a viable environment that provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the required competencies.

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