What is a Vet Tech?
There are many career options in animal care – Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician (Vet Tech), Veterinary Assistant, Laboratory Animal Caretaker, and more. What are the differences? What is a Vet Tech?
Job Description: What is a Vet Tech
A Vet Tech helps with the nursing care of sick and injured animals under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Their jobs may be physically or emotionally demanding. For example, they may witness abused animals or may need to help euthanize sick, injured, or unwanted animals.
Vet Techs typically work in private clinics and animal hospitals. They may also work in labs, colleges, universities, and rescue shelters.
If you are considering a career as a Vet Tech, here are some qualities that will make you successful:
- Compassion: Veterinary technicians put the well-being of their animals first.
- Strength under pressure: Veterinary techs are able to focus on their work, even in stressful situations.
- Detail oriented: When it comes to caring for animals, every detail matters.
- Investigative: The challenge that comes with helping new and past patients is rewarding.
Penn Foster College’s program gives you the training you need to become a Vet Tech.
Why Choose Penn Foster College’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
Average Cost of a Penn Foster College Credit: $79
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.