SCOTTSDALE, AZ (March 2, 2016) — Penn Foster College, a leader in career-focused online and blended education, announced today that the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) has granted full accreditation to the Penn Foster College Veterinary Technology Distance Education program and congratulated Penn Foster on maintaining accreditation for their program. This recognition marks Penn Foster College’s 6 additional years of full accreditation from AVMA-CVTEA. The program was initially accredited in 2006 at the designation of Initial Accreditation.
The Veterinary Technician program at Penn Foster College has celebrated many recent successes and milestones. Most recently, the program announced its largest graduating class in its decade-long history. The class of 2015 was composed of 140 graduates, a new record for the program. The program is also anticipating record enrollments with continued growth expected in 2016.
“We are honored to receive ongoing accreditation through the AVMA/CVTEA committee, as we constantly strive for excellence” said Connie Dempsey, chief certification and licensing officer at Penn Foster, Inc. “The enthusiasm and dedication from our national award-winning Veterinary Academy team, led by distinguished department directors Dr. Amanda Teter and Dr. James Hurrell, clearly demonstrate to our students and to the veterinary community the passion they share for the continued success of this program. Penn Foster is committed to remaining at the forefront of the veterinary technician programs offered in the United States, and we look forward to strengthening and expanding this tremendous program for years to come.”
This past year the Veterinary Academy team also received the prestigious 2015 AVTE/Merial Award for Excellence in Team Teaching. Penn Foster’s experienced Veterinary faculty includes licensed veterinarians and credentialed veterinary technicians, some of whom are authors of veterinary technology textbooks as well as national leaders in the profession. The Veterinary Technician program incorporates extensive instructional content available to students on a 24 x 7 basis, is optimized for mobile use, and utilizes an award-winning application, the Veterinary Terminology Challenge Games. This game application features interactive rote memorization games as a study accompaniment for students. The Veterinary Academy team has received tremendous feedback from students that they are enjoying the game module and are finding it useful.
Today, there are over 11,000 students enrolled in Penn Foster’s Veterinary Technician program nationwide. Students can choose to attend any of the over 50 webinars hosted on average each month, access over 300 recorded lectures available on-demand, and prepare for the VTNE exam with relevant coursework and study tools and through the required hands-on externship portion of the program. Penn Foster has partnered with Banfield and VCA Animal Hospitals in order to offer students an additional option to apply to for their externships.
“At Banfield Pet Hospital we are committed to the ongoing development of all of our associates, including externship students,” said Tami Majer, senior vice president of people and organization at Banfield Pet Hospital. “Penn Foster’s online program has been invaluable for our students as it’s tailored to meet the needs of working adults while also allowing them to apply their learned knowledge and skills in a real-life setting.”
The Veterinary Technician program boasts an active online community, with 25,000 members on Penn Foster’s award-winning Student Community and over 4000 members in the private Veterinary Technician Facebook group. Students are able to receive mentoring from peers and faculty through the online network, while the self-paced curriculum helps students balance work and life demands during the program. Students utilize a customized tracking system and integrated study planner to work towards their planned completion date and build a schedule to achieve their completion goal.
About the AVMA
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 88,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services. Structured to work for its members, the AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession. For more information, visit https://www.avma.org/.
About Penn Foster
Students, employers and partner organizations rely on Penn Foster to build the skills and knowledge to power the 21st century workforce. For over 125 years, Penn Foster has been dedicated to helping people lead more meaningful and productive lives and to improving social outcomes through education. Penn Foster provides career pathways for opportunity youth and adult learners through diverse and affordable online diploma, certificate and degree programs, offered via its high school, career school and college. With more than 30,000 graduates each year, Penn Foster’s online and blended learning programs are delivered in a self-paced, competency-based model wrapped by comprehensive academic, professional and personal support and coaching. For more information, visit http://www.pennfoster.edu.