Certified Veterinary Technician
Senior Instructor, Penn Foster Veterinary Academy
Laboratory Animal Technician
Laboratory Animal Technologist
Member of Association of Veterinary Technician Educators
Member of American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Member of Northeast Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association
Ann Barr is a Senior Instructor for Veterinary Studies. Before joining the Penn Foster team, she also taught at a local AVMA-accredited technical school. Prior to sharing her knowledge with future veterinary technicians, she worked extensively in the animal care industry. She served as a veterinary technician, head technician, pharmacology technician, and veterinary distribution territory manager. Ms. Barr’s diverse experiences are an asset to the student experience in the veterinary care programs.
Share an on-the-job story that would be relevant to students in career/subject area of expertise.
I have come to realize that the veterinary field is physically demanding, intellectually challenging, and emotionally charged. You need to have good observational, listening, and communication skills, and be willing to work long hours under stressful conditions. It is essential to be capable of multi-tasking and to be a team player.
What types of pets do you have?
Over the years, I have had many pets, including two horses, a snake, a number of dogs, cats, rabbits, and fish; it is a job hazard in this field! At the moment, I have two hound dogs “Corporal Agam” and “Miss Autumn,” two cats “Millie” and “Bandit” and a 20-gallon fish tank with an assortment of tropical fish (which little Bandit loves).
What words do you live by?
Plan your work and work your plan and also make sure to have a back-up plan.
What is your greatest strength?
Diversity, my broad career and educational background have afforded me this strength.
What is your most proud moment?
Seeing my son graduate from technical school, grow into a young man and become independent and self-supporting with a full-time job and benefits. I wish this for all the Penn Foster students as well.