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Q. What are the Veterinary Technician Externships Requirements?
A.Your first externship in Semester 2 focuses on skills related to office procedures and routine small animal procedures that must be performed at a companion animal general practice. Your second externship in Semester 4 focuses on radiology, advanced small animal procedures, and some large animal and small mammal skills. In order to complete all skills with required species you may need more than one externship site, and that’s ok! Both externships require that you gain experience as a veterinary technician under the supervision of an AVMA graduate that is a credentialed veterinary technician or certified veterinarian.
Q. What are the Veterinary Assistant Externship Requirements?
A. The clinical externship portion of the Veterinary Assistant program is the last thing that must be completed before graduation. You must have completed all of your coursework, including the graded projects, and have at least a 65% lesson average to begin your externship.
Q. Can I Get Paid for my Externship?
A. We do not regulate this. This will be up to your externship site. If they want to, we are fine with that!
Q. When Will I Get My Paperwork for the Externship?
A. The paperwork will be provided partway through your externship. We will not send this paperwork out early to individual students as details can occasionally go through revisions. If you have questions on what skills or requirements are needed, please check out the Veterinary Academy Center.
Q. Are There Any Medical Requirements?
A. Yes, students must have health insurance in order to be approved to begin. Please submit proof with completed approval paperwork.
A Rabies vaccine is not required, but you will have to sign a waiver stating that you understand the risk and agree not to work with patients of unknown vaccine status. Penn Foster does not provide this Rabies vaccine to students.
Q. What is a Fast Track Lab?
A. A location where students can complete all Large Animal Externship Skills over a weekend or a couple of days at the student’s expense.