The Penn Foster College Veterinary Assistant career diploma program gives students the training to help them begin their path toward employment working with animals. Beginning with animal care and behavior, students learn common animal behavioral problems, and handling and restraint of dogs, cats, horses and other animals. Students study the reproductive, digestive, endocrine, nervous, and urinary systems. Students learn the functions of the major body systems. The students learn about nutrition, focusing on pet foods, methods of feeding, and dietary management for animals. Students learn how to perform physical examinations, look for signs of disease, what to do in emergency care when an animal, due to wounds, experiences shock.
Students are expected to learn basic pathology, immunology, and clinical parasitology. In Small and Large Animal Nursing, students administer oral medications, assist with injections, and assist nursing newborns. The Veterinary Pharmacology lesson teaches students techniques of drug administration, as well as various types of drugs. Receiving basic training in general accounting, students are able to work with common accounting systems in veterinary offices, understand and perform payroll data, billing statements, and learn how adjust or cancel fees and extend credit on accounts receivable.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster College is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education.
Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Associate Degree has full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. Credits earned in Penn Foster College programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after earning a degree from Penn Foster College should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score
- This program requires an eight-week externship at an animal clinic.