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Associate Degree: Veterinary Technician

If you enjoy working with animals and are looking to for an online program that helps you prepare for an entry-level career in a veterinary office, consider Penn Foster College's Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program. Continue reading to learn more about this AVMA-CVTEA accredited degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Penn Foster College's Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program will introduce you to the topics you need to know to take the VTNE examination and become a licensed veterinary technician. The courses cover animal anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, diagnostic technologies, clinical pathology and parasitology, and laboratory procedures. You will also have the opportunity learn about the care of small and large animals, including how to diagnose, prevent, and treat some diseases, as well as study surgical nursing techniques and the use of anesthesia in animals. The program requires two clinical externships, which are completed at an approved veterinary hospital or clinic near you and allow you to gain real-world vet technician experience. Penn Foster College's Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program has full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).

What Are the Prerequisites?

Students considering enrolling in Penn Foster College's Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program should enjoy working with and caring for animals. As an applicant to Penn Foster College, you should be at least 18 years old.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program consists of 24 courses broken down into mobile-friendly lessons as well as two clinical externships and a Veterinary Technician National Examination Review session. You could complete this program in as little as four semesters. Since all courses in this program are presented online, you will need a computer running Microsoft® Windows® and Windows® 7 or later, high-speed Internet access, and an e-mail account.

Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Courses

  • Orientation to Veterinary Technology
  • Introduction to Veterinary Technology
  • Information Literacy
  • Computer Applications
  • Introduction to Biology
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • English Composition
  • Veterinary Office Management and Skill with People
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Medical Nursing for Veterinary Technician
  • Medical Mathematics
  • Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians
  • Clinical Pathology 1
  • Clinical Pathology 2
  • Arts and Humanities Elective
  • Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians
  • Surgical Nursing for Veterinary Technicians
  • Clinical Parasitology for Veterinary Technicians
  • Radiography for Veterinary Technicians
  • Small and Large Animal Medicine
  • Essentials of Psychology
  • Animal Nutrition, Reproduction, Genetics, and Aging
  • Laboratory Animal Medicine and Nursing
  • Veterinary Technician National Examination Review

Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Externships

  • Clinical Externship 1
  • Clinical Externship 2

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After you have completed Penn Foster College's Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program, you could be ready to take the VTNE exam and apply for work in the veterinary technology field. You could seek positions where you work under the supervision of a veterinarian to perform lab tests, prepare animals for exams or procedures, and assist with other animal-related tasks. You could seek positions in:

  • Veterinary practices
  • Animal hospitals
  • Zoos
  • Wildlife facilities
  • Humane societies

Advanced Degrees

You could choose to continue your studies and enroll in a bachelor's deg after completing this veterinary technician program. A bachelor's degree in veterinary technology could be helpful if you would like to advance your clinical skills or if you intend to pursue supervisory or advanced positions in the veterinary field. You could also pursue a bachelor's degree in fields like veterinary science, animal science, or animal and nutritional sciences.