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What you get:

  • A scholarship for a leading veterinary training program
  • Mobile-friendly access for anytime, anywhere learning
  • Access to dedicated and award-winning faculty


Petco has partnered with Penn Foster to offer a limited number of scholarships to our Veterinary Technician Associates Degree program! Increase your skill set, work toward credentialing, and advance your veterinary career; all while remaining a Petco Partner! 

Penn Foster’s online programs allow you to train at home or on the go with support from our dedicated Veterinary Academy Faculty of practitioners, technicians, and industry experts. To learn more about applying to the Petco Registered Veterinary Technician Program, please select the "Learn More" button to the right. In addition to the sponsored program, Petco and Penn Foster are extending a special rate to Petco Partners who want to enroll in the program on their own.

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Veterinary Technician Associate Degree

Penn Foster College's Veterinary Technician Associate Degree is AVMA-CVTEA accredited and can help with the skills you need on your pathway to becoming a licensed veterinary technician. In this program, you'll study a wide range of topics and gain real-world veterinary technician experience during the clinical externship portions of the program. Graduates of the veterinary technician program will be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) in order to be credentialed as a licensed veterinary technician.

Course Details

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Possess effective written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrate effective quantitative skills
  • Display computer and information literacy skills
  • Exhibit an understanding of the liberal arts, natural sciences, and social sciences
Office and Hospital Procedures, Client Relations, and Communication
  • Facility management strategies including utilizing traditional and electronic media and appropriate medical terminology
  • Written, oral, non-verbal, and electronic communication methods
  • Veterinary practice legal requirements and the veterinary technology profession's ethical code
Pharmacy and Pharmacology
  • Prescription drug administration and explanation methods
  • Patient assessment techniques 
  • Various animal species husbandry, nutrition, therapeutic, and dentistry tactics 
  • Safe anesthesia delivery and management strategies
  • Anesthesia instruments and equipment monitoring techniques
Surgical Nursing
  • Common surgical procedure management tactics
  • Surgical instrument, supplies, and environment strategies to maintain asepsis
Laboratory Procedures
  • Laboratory packaging, handling, and storing methods
  • Laboratory specimen analysis procedures
  • Diagnostic radiographic and non-radiographic image production methods
Laboratory Animal Procedures
  • Effective laboratory animal handling procedures
Avian, Exotic, Small Mammals, and Fish Procedures
  • Safe bird, reptile, amphibian, guinea pig, hamster, gerbil, and ferret care approaches

Is Penn Foster College accredited?

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.


Are the Veterinary Academy programs accredited?

Penn Foster College's Veterinary Technician Associate Degree and Veterinary Technology Bachelor of Applied Science programs are 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 and technologists. 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."

The Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma is approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). It is one of only three online Veterinary Assistant programs with this approval.

The Veterinary Practice Management Undergraduate Certificate program is applicable toward the formal education requirement for the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) program offered by the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA). The CVPM designation is recognized by many veterinary practice leaders as the highest level of credential for professional veterinary managers and is often preferred or required when applying for a veterinary manager position.


How do I enroll?

You can enroll in the program on this page by selecting "LEARN MORE."


Are there online classes?

There are no physical classrooms, since Penn Foster is an online and self-paced school. However, there are some programs that have webinars that students must log into and attend.


How does the online program work?

After enrollment you will receive an email with instructions to create your login credentials to access your account. This will give you access to all your online materials and you will receive your hardcopy books in the mail in 5-7 business days if you did not choose the eBooks option. You will be contacted by a Penn Foster Student Success Coach to help get you started with the program. Assessments are taken through the student portal and other information is available there. If you need to contact your instructors for academic help or have other questions, use the “Contact Us” feature from the student portal.

What resources are available to me?

You have access to Penn Foster’s teachers and learning materials through your student portal. We also strongly encourage students to join the Penn Foster Community. It is a great place to connect with other students.


Will there be instructors to help me, and how do I contact them?

Yes, instructors are available over the phone (833-Vet-Penn) Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm, Eastern Time. They are also available through email by clicking on the “Contact Us” button in the Student Portal and typically respond within 24 hours. 


Can you tell me more about the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician Program?

The Penn Foster Veterinary Technician Program is both exciting and challenging. It is lots of hard work and also lots of fun, as you learn the fundamentals of becoming a great veterinary technician. The program is four semesters long and graduates can sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). Both semesters two and four include a clinical externship during which the student gains hands-on experience applying what they’ve learned in a veterinary hospital under the supervision of a veterinarian.


How do Penn Foster Veterinary Technician graduates do on the VTNE?

Penn Foster Graduates have a 80% pass rate on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).