VCA Expands Partnership with Penn Foster to Offer Increased Student Externship Opportunities and Employee Scholarships

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VCA Expands Partnership with Penn Foster to Offer Increased Student Externship Opportunities and Employee Scholarships

Students receive hands-on experience in preparation for becoming veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants

LOS ANGELES — (BUSINESS WIRE) — VCA Animal Hospitals, with more than 650 veterinary hospitals in 41 states, the District of Columbia and 4 Canadian provinces, announced an expanded partnership with Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and blended education with a commitment to addressing the middle-skills gap in America.

In addition to the practicum experience previously offered, Penn Foster’s veterinary assistant students will now be able to participate in VCA externships to gain hands on experience and training. VCA is also offering a number of Penn Foster scholarships to its employees who want to make their dream of becoming a registered veterinary technician a reality.

"As the need for veterinary assistants and veterinary technicians continues to increase, so does the requirement for qualified professionals who can assist our veterinarians in hospitals across North America," said VCA Vice President, Professional Relations and Knowledge Development, Dr. Jill Clark. "We welcome the opportunity to work more closely with Penn Foster's veterinary academy students, who have a reputation for excellence in these competitive fields."

"It is critically important for our veterinary academy students to get the practical education they need to succeed in the workforce, and we're pleased Penn Foster students will be learning by working alongside outstanding professionals at VCA," said Dr. Jim Hurrell, director of the veterinary academy at Penn Foster. "This enhanced partnership will open up many opportunities for our students and enable them to secure externships that will further their education and ultimately, their veterinary careers."

The VCA clinical experience provides opportunities to qualified veterinary assistant and veterinary technician students for observation and practice experience in a hospital environment under the supervision of trained professionals. As part of this agreement, VCA facilities make every effort to provide opportunities for students to perform, while under the direct supervision of a credentialed veterinary technician or licensed veterinarian, health care tasks for practical training in both fields of study. The agreement also provides a discounted tuition for VCA employees who are interested in furthering their career.

About VCA Animal Hospitals
VCA (WOOF on NASDAQ) is a leading provider of pet health care services in the country delivered through over 650 small animal veterinary hospitals in the US and Canada, a preeminent nationwide clinical laboratory system that services all 50 states and Canada (Antech Diagnostics), the leading animal diagnostic imaging company in the market (Sound), VetSTREET, a leading provider of veterinary practice marketing solutions, and Camp Bow Wow (CBW), the nation’s Premier Doggy Day and Overnight Camp® franchise, an Inc. 5000 company.

VCA Animal Hospitals are staffed by more than 3,300 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians to give pets the very best in medical care. Over 500 doctors are board-certified specialists who are experts in areas such as Oncology, Cardiology, Emergency & Critical Care, and Surgery for animals. VCA provides a full range of general practice services to keep pets well and specialized treatments when pets are ill. For more information on VCA Animal Hospitals, please visit www.VCAhospitals.com or follow on Twitter @vcapethealth.

About Penn Foster
Founded in 1890, Penn Foster has been a leader in career-focused distance and blended learning for 125 years through its high school, career school and college. Through direct enrollment by students as well as partnerships with schools and businesses, more than 13 million people have taken Penn Foster-enabled courses to further their education and better position them for life success. Today, Penn Foster enrolls more than 100,000 new students each year in programs designed to address the gap in middle skilled careers. Penn Foster combines affordable career-oriented education with a flexible delivery model ranging from pure play online to onsite blended learning solutions. For more information, visit www.pennfoster.edu


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