How to Find A Veterinary Externship Site

As one of a handful of online schools offering NAVTA-approved Veterinary Assistant courses and AVMA accredited Veterinary Technician classes, we maintain partnerships with corporate and private veterinary hospitals across the country. To fulfill the externship requirements for your program, you can use this tool to find potential sites near you, though it’s not required for your externship search.
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Step 1: Search

Enter your zip code below to find potential externship sites near you! You can adjust your search using the buttons below.

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Step 2: Call

Call each site you’re interested in and discuss program details and how to apply. It’s up to the site and you to decide if you’re a good fit for each other.

Can’t find an externship site near you?

Don’t worry! Discover other ways you can find externship sites on Penn Foster’s Veterinary Academy Center — as well as tips and tricks on filling out externship paperwork and more! You can also contact 1-833-VET-PENN or [email protected] with any questions about your externship site search.

*Finding a site using this tool doesn’t guarantee learners an externship placement. Students should reach out to the site and follow their application process.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.