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Penn Foster Vet Tech Program Earns Full Accreditation, Celebrates Record Number of Graduates

The Penn Foster Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program has received 6 additional years of full accreditation from the AVMA-CVTEA committee.

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Penn Foster College announced today that the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) has granted full accreditation to the Penn Foster College Veterinary Technology Distance Education program, and also congratulated Penn Foster on maintaining accreditation for their program. This recognition marks Penn Foster College’s 6 additional years of full accreditation from AVMA-CVTEA. The program was initially accredited in 2006 at the designation of Initial Accreditation.

The Veterinary Technician program at Penn Foster College also recently announced its largest graduating class in its decade-long history. The class of 2015 was composed of 140 graduates, a new record for the program.

The program is also anticipating record enrollments with continued growth expected in 2016.

“We are honored to receive ongoing accreditation through the AVMA/CVTEA committee, as we constantly strive for excellence,” said Connie Dempsey, chief certification and licensing officer at Penn Foster, Inc. “The enthusiasm and dedication from our national award-winning Veterinary Academy team, led by distinguished department directors Dr. Amanda Teter and Dr. James Hurrell, clearly demonstrate to our students and to the veterinary community the passion they share for the continued success of this program. Penn Foster is committed to remaining at the forefront of the veterinary technician programs offered in the United States, and we look forward to strengthening and expanding this tremendous program for years to come.”

This past year the Veterinary Academy team also received the prestigious 2015 AVTE/Merial Award for Excellence in Team Teaching. Penn Foster’s veterinary faculty includes licensed veterinarians and credentialed veterinary technicians, some of whom are authors of veterinary technology textbooks as well as national leaders in the profession. The Veterinary Technician program incorporates extensive instructional content available to students on a 24/7 basis, is optimized for mobile use, and utilizes an award-winning application, the Veterinary Terminology Challenge Games. This game application features interactive rote memorization games as a study accompaniment for students. The Veterinary Academy team has received positive feedback from students.

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There are more than 11,000 students enrolled in Penn Foster’s Veterinary Technician program nationwide. Students can choose to attend any of the more than 50 webinars hosted on average each month, access more than 300 recorded lectures available on-demand, and prepare for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) with relevant coursework and study tools and through the required hands-on externship portion of the program. Penn Foster has partnered with Banfield and VCA Animal Hospitals in order to offer students an additional option to apply to for their externships.

“At Banfield Pet Hospital we are committed to the ongoing development of all of our associates, including externship students,” said Tami Majer, senior vice president of people and organization at Banfield Pet Hospital. “Penn Foster’s online program has been invaluable for our students as it’s tailored to meet the needs of working adults while also allowing them to apply their learned knowledge and skills in a real-life setting.”

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