Veterinary Technician

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Veterinary Technician Training for Your Employees

Invest in your team's growth with Penn Foster's accredited Veterinary Technician Degree program. Our AVMA-CVTEA accredited training empowers your employees to shape their learning experience, equipping them to excel on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). This comprehensive program not only fosters essential veterinary skills but also immerses learners in practical externship opportunities. By offering this recognized training, you not only enhance your practice's reputation but also boost client and staff loyalty.

  • Our curriculum adheres to AVMA-CVTEA standards, ensuring that your veterinary staff become invaluable assets to your practice.
  • Graduates are fully prepared to tackle the VTNE, marking them as qualified professionals in the field.
  • Engaging course content is enriched with interactive elements such as animations, simulations, and webinars, empowering learners to effectively apply their newfound knowledge in real-world scenarios.
  • Our comprehensive support system includes personalized assistance and access to seasoned instructors and coaches, guaranteeing your employees' seamless journey through their training.
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Career Readiness

Ensure your Veterinary Technicians are "Career Ready" with Penn Foster

3-year VTNE pass rate


Trusted Veterinary Partners


In the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program, your students will delve into a diverse array of subjects and acquire hands-on, real-world veterinary technician experience through clinical externships, all part of our program meticulously designed to equip students with the expertise they need to excel after graduation and in their future careers.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing requirements for Registered Veterinary Technicians vary greatly from state to state throughout the United States and may contain specific educational course approvals. You should contact your state's appropriate licensing bureau for the current requirements, or your state legislature for pending legislation. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Our Proven Training Model

High-quality, online skills training for your employees.

Online Delivery

  • Digital platform allows for studying any time, anywhere
  • Content is available via computer, mobile device, or tablet
  • 24/7 access to online resource library and knowledge base

Engaging Content

  • Programs include simulations, videos, and virtual demos
  • Varied learning methods help cement application of concepts
  • Real-time feedback enables efficient mastery of material

Robust Support

  • Self-service tools and unlimited multi-channel support
  • Live and recorded webinars hosted by our faculty
  • Access to peer-to-peer community of learners

Real World Credentials

  • Training programs focus on today’s in-demand job skills
  • Content developed by professional leaders in the field
  • Courses align to industry certifications and accreditation

What Your Leaners Will Study

  1. How to prepare to sit for the VTNE exam by studying animal healthcare, animal anatomy and physiology, veterinary practice management, veterinary pharmacology, and more. View test scores for Penn Foster's Vet Tech students.
  2. How to excel in various veterinary skills, including office and hospital procedures, client relations, pharmacology, nursing, anesthesia, and surgical nursing.
  3. How to become proficient in laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, and the care of diverse animal species, such as avian, exotic, and small mammals.
  4. How to gain comprehensive veterinary knowledge and hands-on experience is essential for success in the field through this program.

Veterinary Technician Training Curriculum

  • 4 semesters
  • 72 credits
  • 2 externships

Aligned with AVMA-CVTEA standards, the Veterinary Technician Degree is designed to prepare learners to fill this critical role at any practice, large or small. Online courses in the four-semester degree include:

  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Nursing for Veterinary Technicians
  • Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians
  • Radiography for Veterinary Technicians

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Externship – Hands on Learning

  • The externship component of our veterinary technician and veterinary assistant programs enables Penn Foster students to practice and master their practical skills in a hands-on setting.
  • As one of a handful of online schools offering NAVTA-approved Veterinary Assistant courses and AVMA accredited Veterinary Technician classes, Penn Fosters maintains partnerships with corporate and private veterinary hospitals across the country.
  • To fulfill the externship requirements, Penn Foster offers an externship locator tool to help students find potential sites near them
  • Penn Foster allows partners the opportunity to become externship site partners. Your practice could connect with potential future employees and be listed on our Externship Site Locator page, which is used by students to search for local practices where they can complete their externship.
  • As a Penn Foster partner, you’ll have access to firsthand support from our Client Externship Coordinator
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Whitney Miller

Chief Veterinarian, Petco

“We chose Penn Foster for a couple of reasons. First of all a turnkey amazing program that is accredited by the AVMA so that we can put our partners through a program and help them achieve their career goals of becoming a registered veterinary technician. Again, it really offers the flexibility to learn at their pace as well as access through technological means, all of the education they need to go through the curriculum, as well as the support for their in-person learning that they need to do.”

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Specialty Manager


“Our partnership with Penn Foster gives our Veterinary Assistants and support staff who are thinking about taking that next step to become a Veterinary Technician a financially stress-free option to reach that next level. Angell encourages and supports our employees every step of their journey with Penn Foster, and we enjoy watching our staff flourish and grow into successful Veterinary Technicians.”

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Jessica Dekeersmaeker

Veterinary Nurse, Veterinary Emergency Group

“The VEG + PF program works synergistically in so many ways! Through VEG's culture of learning, I get to apply my skills that I learn through PF right away.”


Is completing an externship mandatory for Penn Foster veterinary technician associate degree students, and if so, what does it involve?

An externship, similar to an internship, allows learners to spend time in a veterinary clinic observing and performing tasks under the supervision of an experienced mentor.

The Penn Foster VT AS program requires two externships: Externship 1 comes at the end of semester 2 and Externship 2 is completed at the end of semester 4.

The externships require students to log 200+ supervised clinical hours each as well as perform a set of standard skills. These skills help students demonstrate their proficiency in the various tasks and prepare them for their VTNE. Externships offer an awarding opportunity for learners, by allowing students to put the knowledge they have learned into practice and grow their confidence in their abilities.

What support does Penn Foster offer for partners and their externship students?

Our partners and their students receive extensive support for their students in externship. Our first differentiator is our dedicated Client Success team who provide detailed resources and direct support to help our partners and their students succeed. Available resources include:

  • Guides and best-practices on how to support your students throughout the externship experience.
  • Assistance building the right internal infrastructure to match students to externship location.
  • Detailed externship application and progress reporting.
  • Personalized support to answer any questions our partners may have!

Our Client Success team also includes vet med professionals who help create and curate an elevated externship experience for our partners and their students. These dedicated staff advise the entire team on externship best practices and keep a finger on the pulse of the industry to ensure as seamless an experience as possible!

Does Penn Foster offer opportunities for partners to become externship sites?

We are always looking to partner with locations with large animal and lab species to help serve the needs of our Externship 2 students. Contact us today!

What is a Fast Track Lab and what are the benefits of my organization running one?

A Fast-Track Lab is a location where students can complete large and exotic animal skills as part of their Penn Foster Vet Tech AS degree externship. There are several benefits to running a Penn Foster FTL, such as additional revenue, strengthening your employee pipeline, and helping build up future veterinary technicians.

Is Penn Foster accredited?

Penn Foster College's Veterinary Technician Associate Degree program is fully accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as a program for educating veterinary technicians. This accreditation "represents the highest standard of achievement for veterinary medical education in the United States. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review."

Additionally, Penn Foster College is nationally accredited. This form of accreditation means that Penn Foster has met the high standards required by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) in Washington, D.C. The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

What are the average completion times for the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program?

The average completion times for the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program vary depending on the pace at which your students choose to study. For those who prefer an accelerated approach and can dedicate more time to their coursework, the fast-track option allows completion in as little as 9 months. On the other hand, the average completion time, which applies to most learners dedicating a few hours per week to their studies, is typically around 12 months. Penn Foster provides flexibility, enabling your students to tailor their learning speed to what suits them best, whether it's a swift journey or a more moderate pace.

Will students be prepared to take the VTNE? How do they perform?

Students will be prepared to sit for the VTNE exam by studying animal healthcare, animal anatomy and physiology, veterinary practice management, veterinary pharmacology, and more. View test scores for Penn Foster's Vet Tech students.

How does Penn Foster support learners? What resources are offered to students?

Penn Foster is committed to providing robust support to learners, ensuring they have access to a wide range of resources throughout their program. This support includes highly accessible instructors who can be reached via phone, email, and the convenient student portal. Furthermore, Penn Foster grants students access to an expansive learning resource center, a virtual library, engaging webinars, informative videos, and the option to attend virtual office hours. These comprehensive resources are designed to enhance the learning experience and empower students on their educational journey.

What resources are available to Penn Foster Partners?

As a valued Penn Foster Partner, we provide a range of resources aimed at equipping you to better assist your students. Among these resources is our comprehensive marketing resource center, stocked with valuable materials designed to support and guide your students through their educational journey. Additionally, we offer promotional marketing materials to help you effectively promote your program to your employees, ensuring a seamless and impactful learning experience for all involved.

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