How To Become a Vet Tech
Vet Techs usually obtain 2-4 years of post-high school education and have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. They must pass a credentialing examination and keep up-to-date with continuing education to be considered licensed/registered/certified (the term used varies by state) veterinary technicians.
How to become a Vet Tech in Your State
Although each state regulates Vet Techs differently, most candidates must pass a credentialing exam. Most states require Veterinary Technicians to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), offered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.
Most states require VTNE candidates to be graduates of a certified veterinary technician program accredited by the American or Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Penn Foster’s Veterinary Technician program meets these requirements. Graduates of the Penn Foster College’s Vet Tech degree program will be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) in order to be credentialed as a licensed veterinary technician.
Why Choose Penn Foster’s Online Vet Tech Degree Program?
Fully Accredited: One of only a handful of online vet tech degree programs with full accreditation from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA)
VTNE Preparation: Since Penn Foster College’s online vet tech degree program has full AVMA-CVTEA accreditation, graduates are eligible to sit for the VTNE examination
Accomplished Faculty: Including practitioners, authors, officers and committee chairs of state and national veterinary technology education associations
Affordable Cost, Amazing Value: One of the most affordable programs in the country: Pay just $79 per credit, plus 0% interest payment plans available
Questions? Call 1-888-427-1600 to speak with an Admissions Specialist.
Associate Degree programs from Penn Foster College are awarded under licensing from the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.
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.
² This program requires the student to complete an externship in both Semester 2 and Semester 4. Students will be required to obtain health insurance prior to the start of their externships. All costs associated with the externships are the responsibility of the student. Students are asked to identify externship sites and are expected to complete a minimum of 450 hours of practice in the program. The Vet Clinical Coordinator validates that the placement is in a viable environment that provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the required competencies.