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Veterinary Technician Associate Degree

Complete Your Veterinary Technician Degree in L.A.

Penn Foster College offers a fully accredited, AVMA-CVTEA certified Veterinary Technician training program that can help you gain the skills and knowledge to kickstart a career working with animals. Veterinary technology is a fast growing field which means there will be demand for people like you! L.A. is one of the biggest cities in the world seeing growth across numerous industries including healthcare which makes right now the best time to consider a career in veterinary medicine. While taking our online courses you will gain a deep understanding of the practice of veterinary technology. Plus our clinical externship program allows you to get valuable hands-on experience in the Los Angeles area. Penn Foster’s courses will allow you to earn your associate degree and prepare for the VTNE exam from the comfort of your home!

The higher than average wages offered in L.A. and the increase in available jobs expected over the next few years makes becoming a veterinary technician a practical first step toward a new career. With the healthcare market continuing to grow, vet technicians will surely find competitive employment options in the Los Angeles area. Not to be forgotten, the sheer population of Los Angeles inherently makes for a greater need in vet tech services around the city.

Why Choose Penn Foster's Vet Tech Online Program

Accreditation
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
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
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
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.
Penn Foster Veterinary Partners

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 just $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
With a competitive curriculum and affordable tuition, our vet tech program is perfect for all kinds of candidates. Watch this video for an introduction to our program by Director Dr. Jim Hurrell!

Vet Tech Salary & Job Market in Los Angeles

With a 20% national growth rate through 2026,² and a 2.5% overall job increase in Los Angeles, now is a great time to pursue your Vet Tech degree online in California. Penn Foster College can help you take the next step on your career path. There are many career opportunities for Vet Techs in L.A.:
  • Small and large animal veterinary practices
  • Zoos and wildlife facilities
  • Humane societies or animal control facilities
The average salary for a veterinary technician in Los Angeles is $40,190,² which is well above the national average. Veterinary technicians can also benefit from working in research positions and specialty fields that offer even higher wages. If there's a time to study veterinary medicine in Los Angeles, it's now!
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Vet Tech Program Reviews

"Penn Foster has been amazing! There's not many options for working moms to get back to school. I stay home with my kids during the day while my husband works, and then I work nights part time. With Penn Foster I can make my own schedule, timelines, and goals, all with great support from the community and instructors.'"

Jamie W., Vet Tech Graduate

"I chose to be a vet tech because I'm absolutely obsessed with animals. I knew this wouldn't be just any career for me but my lifelong dream to work with animals. The staff and instructors are always there when you need them. I'm learning new things everyday and it is very exciting. I love that we have the student community and Facebook page to connect with other students as well."

Bianca P., Vet Tech Graduate

"The Penn Foster College Veterinary Technician Program is a great program with easily understandable webinars and study materials. I have learned so much in just two years. I can go at my own pace while keeping a job and working from home. The Community has enabled so many students to interact and communicate with each other. The program director is also amazing and has given me great advice, even helped further my career!"

DeAnna S., Vet Tech Graduate

Veterinary Technician Course Details

Earning your Associate Degree is made simple with Penn Foster’s online Veterinary Technician program, offering our students mobile learning, student support and payment plans that work for you. Each course will help prepare you for a career in veterinary science from anatomy and physiology to animal nutrition.

After completing our program, students are immediately eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination to become a fully licensed vet tech. If you are considering a vet tech program, be sure your options are certified by the American Veterinary Medical Association to guarantee you will be eligible for the (VTNE).

Penn Foster Veterinary Technician Curriculum
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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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