Penn Foster Career School Reviews - Veterinary Technician

2.24 out of 5 stars
(22 Reviews)
38% of 22 students said this degree improved their career prospects
32% of 22 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Sommer - 3/24/2019
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2018
"So let me start off by saying that if you are the kind of individual who needs to be hands on, or tutored, then this should be an obvious opt out for you. It is very self paced, and simple, if you take it seriously, it takes no time at all. my instructor was very hard to get a hold of, but I was also working crazy hours so emails were the majority of our conversations. They do evaluate you, you are tested, quized, etc. you have a whole network of other students to reach out to for help if necessary, and if you apply yourself, the internship is a breeze. I would definitely recommend it, considering pre- diploma I was making 9.50/hr and I got a dollar raise within a week of being at my job just for completing the course and presenting my diploma to my manager. I was also offered another raise in the event that I go do the AVMA cert test."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Joanna M - 2/5/2019
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2019
"I should have read more reviews before signing up! This school is basically useless. I have not graduated yet, and probably wont. Just a waste of time and money. Everything is outdated, I couldve basically just researched everything online and it wouldve been about the same. Its almost impossible to get ahold of anyone also. I tried to get at least some of my money back, and all I got was a one sentence reply saying that I have completed too much to be able to get ANY type of refund at all. Go to an actual real college, not here. All they care about is taking your money and wont work with you at all."
1.2 out of 5 stars
Angela - 9/5/2018
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2017
"First, dont let the 2017 graduation year fool you. I never graduated, but it was required in order to post a review. Having an interest in animal care I decided to enroll in Penn Fosters Veterinary Assistants program. Since I had no income my dad offered to help me and paid the nearly $1,000 fee for the course, plus a $95 extension I needed towards the end. I completed the course and it was time to set up my internship program. I contacted several veterinary places, including the one we use for our dog, and they recommended I get set up with one of the larger clinics or animal hospitals since I would learn a lot more. I learned though Penn Foster that Banfield Animal Hospital recognized their students so I went to our local Banfield. They confirmed that they did, indeed, take Penn Foster students and gave me the name of their contact person. Unfortunately she was not in that day. After several visits and a couple emails I never was able to make contact with her, meantime my extension was about to run out. I then made several attempts to make contact with the department at Penn Foster via email as instructed to see if they could offer any suggestions. To this day I have heard nothing from them and still dont have a certificate of completion or a job in my chosen field. It has left me with the feeling that once they get their money theyre done with you and dont care. Whats worse is my dad spent $1,000 for nothing. What a waste. My recommendation is to go to a real school if you want the training."
1.3 out of 5 stars
mel - 8/15/2018
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2018
"Be very careful with this school. I thought I did my research on Penn Foster before enrolling, turns out I missed some key points. Here they are: 1.) I paid in full ($1,399) thinking it was for the ENTIRE cost of the program, because that is what I was lead to believe through the description of the program. Turns out, the $1,399 was only for the first semester, that's all. So I would have had to pay the $1,399 three more times in order to continue and complete the degree altogether. 2.) It is very difficult to contact instructors for help. I really only needed help for one assignment that kept being returned back to me and I couldn't figure out why. I could only find my instructor's name, but no way of contacting him. So I ended up asking a general "help" forum for the school of how to complete the assignment correctly. The response I received was very generic and was not helpful. I ended up completing the assignment from researching YouTube, Google etc for help. 3.) The proctored exams are extremely difficult and specific. Proctored exams have to be taken at a local community center or school where an instructor watches you to ensure you are not cheating or using an open book. You can take the proctored exam online, for a fee and your computer must be equipped with a microphone and webcam so they can watch you. The exam for animal A&P was ridiculously tetious. There was literally over 1,200 pages of reading material with hundreds of definitions that were expected to know in order to take the hour exam. The "community forum" page where students can ask fellow students about classes, were always full of students asking for study help with the exams and a few complaining that they were just unrealistic and too difficult for the amount of material. There was a couple students that I came across that stated that they failed the exams twice, which meant they had to retake and pay for the entire class over again. I even found a young lady's blog on the internet in which she wrote her experience with the animal A&P exams at Penn Foster. She already worked at a veterinary office and still described how her stomach sank when she opened up the exam and started reading the questions and how difficult they were. 4.) Penn Foster has a negative stigma to it. The state I live in accepts Penn Foster as an accredited school for Veterinary Technicians, however, this does not mean that employers will want to hire you if you graduated from Penn Foster. Because it is an online school, there is a very real stigma that the schooling must not be taught well and that students aren't going to be as prepared because there is no hands-on learning. As much as I hate to admit it, I agree with employers thinking this way. Basically, an online school just requires students to read and memorize material in order to pass the exams ( some exams you can even take multiple times until you get 100%), and employers know this; which is why a lot of them will not hire Penn Foster graduates. 5.) There are two externships required in the Veterinary Technician program. I did not make it to this point of having to do the externships, however in the "community forum" that I mentioned earlier, there were many distressing things made clear about completing this externships. Many students would either write about how difficult the paperwork was to get together, or that they had extreme difficulties finding a veterinary office that would 1. accept them as interns (because of the negative Penn Foster stigma) or 2. Penn Foster requires that the veterinary office performs specific types of skills the student needs to complete in order to fulfill the externship requirement. Please note that I am not writing this review as a bitter or disgruntled student. I am writing this as a warning to those considering Penn Foster for any program, but more specifically the Veterinary Technician program since I feel that it is one of their most popular programs. I thought I had done all my research needed, but turns out I hadn't. I would encourage prospective students to seek out what options they have in their area for schooling before choosing an online program. I have heard of many students that have completed online degrees, but have not been able to find work because employers will not hire an online degree graduate; that is something to seriously keep in mind. Penn Foster entices prospected students into enrolling because they advertise the flexibility of online schooling. In Penn Foster's defense, this is very true. You can basically choose whenever, day or night to complete your schooling and work at your own pace. Penn Foster also has open enrollment year round, meaning you don't have to wait for the "fall' or "winter" quarter to start your schooling, you can literally pay and start your studies immediately. But please don't let this distract you from the concerns that I have written above, or all of the concerns that many other students have written on similar sites. Like I stated in my first line, be very careful with Penn Foster."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Ellie - 6/4/2018
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2017
"So not only was I not contacted by an advisor upon sign up, I never recieved any follow up at all. The "professor" was non existent. Theyve taken hundreds of dollars from me knowing ihavent gone online in almost 2 yrs STILL no one called me to follow up. The only time they ever called me was bc my debit on file was not in service anymore. Cancellation is a run around, i emailed on 2 occassions to cancel after paying off everything and it seemed as though they sent an automated message telling me I should stay in the program to "get the most from what youre paying" even tho i just paid it off. Now somehow I owe them more money. I had a terrible experience and will warn everyone the mess theyll be signing up for."
5.0 out of 5 stars
CJ - 9/30/2017
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Kelsey - 9/29/2017
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2018
"DONT GO HERE! Worst school. I ended up withdrawing because I did not like going online. I went back to the community college I had previously been going to. Still paying off the $1400 I owed Penn Foster for taking 4 classes there. I did a payment plan because I could not afford to pay all at once. When I finished out schooling at my CC, and starting applying to Universities, you have to send in your transcripts from previous schools. When I called Penn Foster to request transcripts, they wouldn't even talk to me about them until I paid the 400 I still owed on my account. So, I had to figure out some way to round up $400 because theres no way I was going to transfer without those transcripts. Finally got the money, paid off my balance, and was broke for weeks. I requested and paid for my transcripts, one copy to me and 4 copies to various other colleges and none of them were received. I spent $70 on transcripts, plus the $400 I owed to not get anything. I have had to call them about 30 times, each with a hold of about 15mins till someone picks up, and I continuously get different answers from each person. When I originally called to withdraw from the program no one ever warned me that I was not going to be able to get transcripts, etc. I am currently waiting to get a call back from a supervisor at the school because the student help center will not help me because I am no longer a student, and no other department is able to tell me what is happening. If this does not get resolved, I won't be able to ever attend a 4 year institution because they won't even look at my application without those transcripts. On top of all of this crap I have had to put up with, when I was actually attending the school, calling anyone at the school was a complete bear. You're on hold and transferring all of the time. The online website was under maintenance a lot. I never felt like I really learned much either because quizzes barely covered 1/5 of the material and you had multiple chances not the test and they would give you the right answers the ones you got wrong, even though it was already an open book exam. The school isn't even accredited!! When you go to get a job in the field no one wants to hire yo because they know how easy it is to get through the school and you don't have any experience! You're practically laughed out the door. WISH I COULD GIVE ZERO STARS!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Ari - 8/24/2017
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2018
"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"
1.1 out of 5 stars
Who cares - 1/17/2017
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2017
"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"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Vet tech - 9/1/2016
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
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