Published in the Veterinary Practice News
Banfield Pet Hospital associates can earn a veterinary technician degree through a new partnership with Penn Foster Veterinary Academy. The program, offered at discounted tuition that Banfield declined to specify, is available to 14,000 employees, including veterinary assistants, client service coordinators and practice managers. Banfield also is piloting a Credentialed Veterinary Technician ( CVT) Development Program to pay a percentage of Penn Foster's tuition for a number of veterinary assistants. The Portland, Ore., hospital chain called the moves a commitment to increase the number of CVTs throughout the veterinary profession.
"Banfield believes in supporting the learning and development of our associates and we know that CVTs are essential to our practice as well as the profession," said Jeffrey Klausner, DVM, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Banfield Pet Hospital. "CVTs are best positioned to assist doctors in delivering high-quality medicine, caring exceptional client experience." Penn Foster's online program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and is tailored for working adults. The four-semester program includes a hands-on practicum component in which students work in a full-service hospital for 450 hours.
As part of the partnership, non-Banfield students may obtain required practical experience at participating Banfield hospitals. Students also receive guidance from licensed Banfield veterinary professionals. About 8,000 students are enrolled in Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Penn Foster's veterinary academy. More than 400 of them are Banfield associates. Banfield operates about 830 hospitals across the United States and employs more than 650 credentialed veterinary technicians.