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 is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School, and Penn Foster College have all met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
All Penn Foster programs are affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies U.S. military personnel for tuition reimbursement.
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.