Penn Foster Veterinary Assistant Program Approved by NAVTA

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Penn Foster Veterinary Assistant Program Approved by National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

Scranton, Pennsylvania (Sept. 29) — Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and blended education with a commitment to addressing the middle-skills gap in America, today announced its Veterinary Assistant program has been approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). Out of the 18 veterinary assistant programs earning this approval, Penn Foster is one of only two online programs.

“We are dedicated to constantly improving our programs and ensuring that our students have a full breadth of career options available to them upon graduation,” said Frank Britt, CEO of Penn Foster. “This NAVTA approval further shows our commitment to our students and their future career prospects.”

“Our NAVTA approval process ensures that veterinary assistant programs provide the training and knowledge base that students need to in order to succeed in this growing field,” said Julie Legred, Executive Director of NAVTA. “The quality of Penn Foster’s Veterinary Assistant program and the dedication of its instructors in preparing students for their careers made this approval process a seamless experience from start to finish.”

As part of the NAVTA approval, Penn Foster has revised its current Veterinary Assistant program to include a mandatory externship program as well as new course materials in the form of an ebook with reading assignments. The revised program will go into effect immediately, and all students completing Penn Foster’s NAVTA-Approved Veterinary Assistant program from this point forward will be eligible to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant examination. Students who pass this exam will earn the title of Approved Veterinary Assistant.

“Penn Foster is one of the only schools offering both an AVMA-Accredited Veterinary Technician program in addition to a NAVTA-Approved Veterinary Assistant program,” said Dr. James Hurrell, Director of Penn Foster Veterinary Academy. “This approval is another validation of the outstanding work of our faculty in preparing students for careers in veterinary health.”

To learn more about Penn Foster’s Veterinary Academy, please visit

About Penn Foster

Founded in 1890, Penn Foster has been a leader in career-focused distance and blended learning for more than 100 years.  Since its inception, more than 13 million people have enrolled in its high school, career school and college to learn advanced skills, further their education and better position them for life success.  Today, Penn Foster graduates 25,000 students yearly and enrolls more than 100,000 new students each year in programs designed to address the skills gap in middle skilled careers.  Penn Foster’s high-quality, affordable distance education allows students the flexibility to complete programs around their schedules with 24/7 access to a supportive online community of students and faculty.  For more information, visit www.

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