Veterinary Technician

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Online Vet Tech School

Pursue your passion for working with animals and prepare for an in-demand career in veterinary healthcare with Penn Foster's online Veterinary Technician Associate Degree. Our self-paced, online courses allow you to study on your own time, using visual learning aids and interactive assessments to help prepare you for a rewarding career as a veterinary technician.

  • Penn Foster's online Vet Tech Program is fully accredited through AVMA-CVTEA
  • Prepares you to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).
  • Veterinary Technicians are in high demand. 
  • Penn Foster is a trusted partner of some of the largest veterinary hospitals in the country, including Banfield, VCA, and BluePearl.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to prepare to sit for the VTNE exam by studying animal healthcare, animal anatomy and physiology, veterinary practice management, veterinary pharmacology, and more. View test scores for Penn Foster's Vet Tech students.
  2. How to recognize an animals’ integumentary, urinary, and endocrine systems using engaging visual learning aids and interactive assessments.
  3. How to care for large and small animals, small and large animal medicine, animal nutrition, laboratory animal medicine, and more.
  4. How to be a part of a working veterinary team and apply knowledge and skills in a mixed-animal practice.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Career Outcomes

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Our online Vet Tech Program is designed with job-readiness in mind. Our expert faculty, interactive curriculum, and required hands-on externship experience make for an engaging online learning experience that will help prepare you for an in-demand career. According to national averages from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for veterinary technicians is expected to grow 20% through 2031.*

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing requirements for Registered Veterinary Technicians vary greatly from state to state throughout the United States and may contain specific educational course approvals. You should contact your state's appropriate licensing bureau for the current requirements, or your state legislature for pending legislation. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Online Vet Tech Program Curriculum

  • 4 semesters
  • 30 exams
  • 73 credits
  • 2 externships

Estimated completion time per semester:

  • Fast track = 9 months
  • Average time = 12 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework.

In the online veterinary technician program, you'll get the skills and hands-on experience needed to work as a vet tech in small or large animal hospitals or clinics. Your courses include:

  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians
  • Surgical Nursing for Veterinary Technicians
  • Small and Large Animal Medicine
  • Laboratory Animal Medicine and Nursing

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Veterinary Technician Externship Experience

Penn Foster’s accredited Vet Tech program includes two clinical externships where you’ll work alongside licensed veterinarians and veterinary technicians to practice the knowledge and skills covered across 4 semesters.

Students and prospective students are advised to review the program’s health and safety policies located in the student catalog to help inform them of occupational risks to zoonotic diseases and rabies prevalence in the region they will be performing clinical skills.

Vet Tech Student Success Stories

Penn Foster’s online Vet Tech Program has helped recent prepare for new careers in the veterinary field. Learn more about our vet tech students' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them. 
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Tammy C.

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."

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Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Tuition

Take the first step toward your new veterinary technician career by enrolling in Penn Foster's online Vet Tech Program. Simply choose from one of our customized payment plans below and get started today!

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Our Proven Vet Tech Learning Model

Empowering Penn Foster students to reach their professional goals.


  • No set start date
  • No exam due dates
  • Payment Plans


  • Engaging digital study guides
  • Easy to use digital textbooks
  • Practical exercises


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Engaging online student community
  • Connect with peers in real-time through discussion boards


  • Unlimited access to expert instructors
  • Robust learning resources
  • Dedicated student services team

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Online Vet Tech School FAQs

What is the salary for a veterinary technician role?

Veterinary technicians have a median salary of $36,850 per year, and job growth is projected to increase much faster than average in the next several years.* 

What can I do with a Veterinary Technician Associate Degree?

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. Veterinary technicians may also be eligible for a pay raise after completing a program like a Veterinary Technician Associate Degree.

How much does a Veterinary Technician Associate Degree cost?

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.

Is the veterinary technician degree accredited?

Penn Foster'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).

What veterinary technician skills will I learn in this degree program?

Skills covered in the online Veterinary Technician 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. Learning these skills can help you stand out to a veterinary practice manager. 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.

What are the vet tech practicum requirements?

There are two mandatory externships or practicums for this course. The first practicum is completed at the end of semester two, 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.

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.

Does Penn Foster place students in an externship site?

Unfortunately, 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.