Penn Foster Career School Reviews - Associate in Veterinary Technician
Review of Veterinary Technician Associate Degrees
Great program. It is perfect for someone like me who also works a full time job. You DO have to be responsible, self-motivated and disciplined to study on your own. It's at your own pace so you'll fall behind if you're a procrastinator or need someone else to constantly urge you to study. You need to be able to schedule study time and commit to it. You need to be a self-learner but also know when you need to ask for help or clarification. There's always plenty of help, resources and support though if you need it. (instructors, study groups, community boards, etc) You just have to take the initiative and make the effort to look for or ask for it. No one's going to lead or babysit you. You have to pay your tuition or you won't get your diploma until you do. In other words, you have to be accountable for your financial committment. Pretty simple concepts. Do your research. Know what is required for your particular path or goal. In my case, during my studies I need to also complete hands- on externship hours in an actual accredited Veterinary practice. In my state you also need to graduate from an AVMA accredited degree program in order to then take (and must pass) the State exam, to become a certified Vet Tech. Penn Foster's Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology meets this requirement. Like I said, you need to do your research, know what's required and be prepared to meet those requirements. If you need to be coaxed, guided and led through every step, the online method may not be for you. If you can commit and guide yourself, and seek help and/or clarification when needed, you'll do fine. You have to truly learn the material. After all you have to know it to pass the State Exam. In any of the negative reviews I've read it appears quite obvious that the person failed to meet one or more of the "requirements" to success.
Don't do it! I only did program for 1 week and decided to cancel- 6 months later they said I owe them $500 and it is now in collections. Never received a letter! No one ever told me about a closing cost! I'm going to report these fruds!!!!!!!!! Don't trust them
School is the biggest joke and scam ever. If I didn't invest time and money I would of dropped long ago. Worst online school ever. All they care about is money and more money. Professors half read your assignments and fail you when material is there that's asked, IRS pathetic and a waste of time. I could of paid less taking this program for 800 at one of the most respectable vet offices in my state. Not spend over 3,000 and can't even find a place to do my hours. Smh
Horrible school. Don't recommend it to anyone. No one helps you if you have questions. My total bill at the end was 400 and now I some how owe 908 after I paid the 400. And no one will answer my call when i call the school. Everyone beware! I do not want anyone to go through what I'm going through. I signed up to this school through reviews because I thought it was a good school I was 100% wrong. They're just looking for money and that's all.
I'm a current student at Penn Foster under their vet tech program. If I had a glimpse into what the program was teaching and the "evaluators" that grade you..I definitely would have chosen another option. I've been practicing as an unregistered technician for eight years and they take in to account zero years of that experience. Going through the classes I've found that they teach outdated techniques that aren't even used anymore. I've also found a lot of their "has to be done by the books" mentality stifling, since once you are practicing, it doesn't always go "by the books". The externship process is a joke. You must find a hospital and RVT willing to take you on as an intern and dedicate their time to help train you and sign off on skills that you then submit to your Penn Foster supervisor. But if the Penn Foster supervisor doesn't like how you performed the skill, regardless of the RVT that is training you marking that it was done correctly, they will make you resubmit. I've found my Penn Foster supervisor unhelpful and condescending. I certainly hope she doesn't speak to other technicians how she speaks to me. And if you submit a complaint to their "help center" stating how you feel they will tell you that they do not think she was unhelpful or condescending and there is nothing for them to do. So no, I would not recommend this school.
I just started this school about a year ago and I have gotten nothing but problems for the people that work for the school. First it took them 4 phone calls from me, 3 emails from me, and 2 calls from my mom in order to get an email with my payments for my first semester. Second, I can't get past my first semester (that I was suppose to finish on the 25 th on June) because I've been waiting for my proctor exams and every time I try to contact someone I get the run around or I get someone that says my exam will be there at this time and they're still not here. DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL!
This is an amazing school and an amazing program!! Doctor Jim Hurrell has taken over the program and it has grown so much. We have so many opportunities as students to attend awesome webinars and programs. Dr. McCurrin, who wrote the book on being a vet tech is one of the instructors and he gives webinars on a weekly basis. It is an online program so you do have to be self motivated. There is a great community where you can meet other students for help and support along the way. I would recommend this program and school to everyone who is looking for a self paced, AVMA accredited program that is growing every day.
This place is a joke. I took the vet tech course and decided it wasn't for me so I canceled. I have been paying my bill of monthly but they sent me account to a debt collector anyway. I don't not understand why they did this. And when you try to call them about the situation they will not put you through to student services.
The classes are ok but the communication from the department when waiting for approval for your proctors or your next courses to be opened up is horrible. DO NOT trust them when they say they will call you back or e-mail you with the answer because it won't happen and when you call they won't offer an apology, only excuses and a complete lack of caring. I have children and a full time job and I don't have weeks upon weeks to lose because they completely lack communication skills. I would look into other schools before making the the choice to enroll in Penn Foster.
I would not recommend this program to anyone. I have had so many issues. The classes are easy however they do not help you find an internship at all. The teachers are knowledgeable but the school is awful. They are horrible communicators and take forever to approve the internship.