Penn Foster College Reviews of Associates in Veterinary Technician

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Reviews - Associates in Veterinary Technician

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  • Reviewed: 6/6/2021
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"I can't speak for all the majors, but the Veterinary Technician one is absolute CRAP. The materials are very, very often misspelled and overly wordy. There's so much fluff to pick through I sometimes has to read the same sentence several times before it actually makes sense. The proctored exams are horrid. 7-8 questions constitutes the entire final. They are so random that you can study 98% of the material, and the questions on the test will be from the 2% you didn't study in depth. Also, their student services department is just about useless. They are never able to answer any of my questions, I get told I'll get called back and it never happens, AND they put a hold on my account without even bothering to tell me why, or that it was even going to happen. Don't waste your time here, all they care about is getting as much money out of you as they can while giving the minimum amount of effort on actually teaching you."
  • Reviewed: 4/29/2021
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"The program as a whole, is fine. You definitely get your money’s worth of material. The only thing that makes this review negative, is the externship process. I went through so many hoops trying to get my second externship in order. I live in an area where farming and agriculture isn’t big, so trying to find a large animal site was a nightmare. I called about every clinic in southern New England for months, and was rejected several times. The vet who finally agreed to help was two hours away, and also voiced to the school that she hated the skills we have to perform. A lot of stuff that you would never do in a normal circumstance, but they required it because it’s “AVMA” required. Some of the small animal skills are weird, too. Perform necropsy procedure? We don’t even do that at a normal small animal practice. When doing my large animal skills, I misplaced three tiny videos of me doing things to a goat. They wouldn’t except any alternatives.... seriously?! It’s a video! Why should I have to arrange a four-hour round trip to my large animal site again just to get three 30-second videos? They are so AVMA set, that they have absolutely zero toom for compromise or alternatives, especially during a global pandemic, where every school in the country has had to bend rules."
Chana Zucker
  • Reviewed: 4/28/2021
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"With zero study notes, I managed to pull a 3.75. The Computer Application Class is awful. I recommend just taking a computer application class from a traditional college. I wish I had, the instructor was as helpful as a white crayon. The material is sooooooo boring, can barely stay awake from just reading. With zero assistance from ghost instructor, spoke to her once, that was enough."
  • Reviewed: 1/16/2021
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"Amazing program. A lot of the reviews that I am seeing are people complaining about howe much work there is to do, or how much they are required to remember. This program is made for people who are going to be self motivated to finish. You do have a a lot of things to remember and go over, and yes you're constantly studying, BUT THATS WHAT COLLEGE IS!!! I suggest this program it is wonderful, I can work full time and study on my days off!!!!!"
Alexus Ballantyne
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2020
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"Don’t fall for it. I signed up and didn’t like it at all. When I tried to cancel they said I still owe over $300. I’ve already paid $600 and completed zero courses and received zero materials. The semester itself is under $2k so why must I pay for half a semester of courses I didn’t take."
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2020
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"This school's testing is IMPOSSIBLE. I can't speak for other lines of study, but for the Veterinary Technician course it was absolutely ridiculous. As stated by another reviewer, there is a lot of content both in the online coursework AND in textbooks. Now, the length of the content isn't the entire issue. The biggest issue here is that they expect you to retain ALL information they give you. You are expected to learn sometimes 200+ terms and their definitions for just a single section. The questions for the tests and exams are just randomly picked from the entirety of the content they give you, so they set you up for failure. The questions are very random as well. You'll be tested on a whole system from bone structure, to parts of a cow's stomach, and then they'll ask you something arbitrary that seemingly didn't have much to do with anything. They are not flexible on grading either, and demand more money to retake these proctored exams. If you fail twice, they expect you to pay $400 to retake the same exact course that you've already paid for in full."
  • Reviewed: 7/20/2020
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"I do not recommend this school at all. I have over 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine. I wanted to enroll in a program to earn my credentials instead of being grandfathered in. BIG MISTAKE. Not only did I not get my degree, I missed the missed the window for a grandfathered RVT. The courses and material are great. The lessons are pretty well laid out but are almost impossible to test on. Lesson X gives you over 500 pages to read, the proctored exam has only 8-10 questions pertaining to those 500 pages! And chances are, if you read 495 pages of reproduction, the test question was "how many teeth does a piglet have?" If you have a question regarding your studies, might as well ask Dr. Google. The staff are clueless about what you are asking and make you feel incompetent for asking. When writing research papers, it takes FOREVER for them to be graded. The next class/portion of your studies will not be unlocked until you receive a passing grade. Biggest kicker, I completed my 4th semeter, 96% completed with this whole course. All i needed was my externship to obtain my degree. I could not find a large animal vet within 3 hours that will take on a Penn foster student. Reason? The ridiculous requirements of each skill. Each skill has to be performed numerous amounts of times. Some clinics don't see that many of the same case in the time frame you are asked to complete them! Don't give a skill/requirement if it is almost impossible to complete. Since I was unable to find a large DVM for me to complete my clinicals, my program expired. All that time, money etc....wasted. Im not saying I did not gain anything from taking these courses, but having known what i know now, I would have never spent the first dime. I am thankful that this profession allows on site training and teaches you more than any text book ever will. Good luck and best to all! T"
Abigail Ballance
  • Reviewed: 3/18/2020
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"I just wanted to change programs and now they are claiming I have to un-enroll and re-enroll which would be a fee of $700 plus another semester of tuition. Been trying to do this for over two weeks and after being on hold forever they hung up on me when I try to do online support they tell me to call. After asking why I would be charged I was told it was the course work,test I took, and the books. So I took three test and have completed 12% of a program and did online books. This place is a SCAM!!!!!!!!!!"
Brittany Owens
  • Reviewed: 1/20/2020
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"I have read many of the reviews and it seems like the people that are complaining are having issues with cancellations. I have completed almost my first semester & so far I can say that its not been bad. I can work on my own schedule. Complete classes as fast or slow as I want. They are nice enough to return assignments that need a little more work so you can get the best grade possible. Although the coursework is tough its thorough. I have learned quite a bit in these first 6 classes and I think for the money and the ease of enrolling, its a good accredited online school. I already have a job lined up and being a student of an accredited school helped. Cons: None so far."
  • Reviewed: 12/22/2019
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"I don't even know where to begin with how terrible this school is. I have a BA already but I decided I wanted to be a veterinary technician so I needed to go back to school. Working full time prevented me from attending classes in person so I thought an online program would be a great solution. I wish I could go back in time and warn the past me that enrolling in Penn Foster would be a VERY bad choice. It has brought me nothing but headaches and frustration. When I have to call in person for help, the people are relatively friendly but also have no clue how to answer most of my questions. My main complaint is the student portal. The entire platform from which all things are done is ABSOLUTE TRASH! It is difficult to navigate, redundant, and not helpful AT ALL. DO NOT ENROLL IN THIS SCHOOL!!!! ANY OTHER HAS GOT TO BE BETTER!!!!!"
  • Reviewed: 9/5/2019
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"If I could give the support staff a 0 I would. Its impossible to get any answers from these people. They will take money out of your account and pretend it didnt even happen and tell you that you owe more. They dont care that you waited forever to talk to someone on the phone they just want to get off the phone as quickly as possible. They will lie to you just to get you off the phone. I have never written a bad review in my life but I am so upset and disappointed with the processing of things at Penn Foster. If youre want anything done you have to take care of it yourself and call multiple times a day because they are lazy and dont want to resolve anything."
Jacqueline England
  • Reviewed: 8/27/2019
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"I would never recommend this “school”! I actually sent as per their policy an email to cancel my enrollment. I signed the enrollment agreement on Monday, and never finish the enrollment because I will not take their assessment test, and sent the email for cancel and refund on Friday which is less than 6 days, which is their cancellation policy. Then sent me an email right away stating that they would get back to me within 24 business hours, and guess what I am still wait for simply a response. They took my $1399, full payment for tuition, and it is nothing but a scam!! I will be contacting the better business bureau."
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  • Reviewed: 4/16/2019
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"DONT SIGN UP FOR THIS SCHOOL! Penn Foster is a horrible college. I had to cancel my enrollment due to having to go to doctors which is wasting my time. I understand having to pay for the registration fee, but I was in this school a month and didn't take a lesson and now they're saying i need to pay for the registration fee plus lessons I have taken. I haven't taken any lessons and they're refusing to understand this. This school s***** you over any way they can. DON'T LET THEM FOOL YOU! THIS SCHOOL IS A S***!"
  • Reviewed: 3/18/2019
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"Penn Foster College appears to be a great idea UNTIL you finish 10 lessons (not even a quarter of the semester) and have to withdraw for medical reasons and the school will not let you withdraw without requiring you to pay the rest of the semester and an outrageous $340 enrollment fee. Which they don't tell you about when enrolling. They are not an honest school and they are a complete rip off. Even the "text books" have idiotic errors in them that made me roll my eyes. I did not feel like I was getting a quality education at all while I was there, and so much of the material was unnecessary and just "filler" material to charge you more money. I would never ever recommend this school to anyone and I regret my decision to ever give them a chance."
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2018
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"So I'm still a student in my first semester! I just gotta say, my whole experience here has been AMAZING. The minute I reached out to admissions and now in student support. I have learned SO much in less than a month and I still can't believe I'm a student here. Because they have open admission it's easy to get into. But the program is actually really hard. You have to be a self starter and someone who can work without lots of direction from professors, TAs, etc. Most vet tech students earn their degree in 2 months (and the school encourages the timeframe) but because many students here have fulltime jobs they take 4 or more years. I decided to put everything on hold and just focus on my studies so hopefully I graduate within 2 years! I don't actually feel like I'm going through this alone either, because there's an online community where students can interact with one another. I feel prepared to get into the next semester and even the students themselves can answer your questions fast pretty quickly. The support just from the online community has been a fun experience. It feels like we really know each other irl and go to school together. Pretty neat! I'm so excited to see what the future holds and where I'll be when I'm at the end of my program. I CAN'T wait!!!"
  • Reviewed: 11/21/2017
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"This school absolutely awful. I am in my last semester. Took my finals in July and still awaiting to graduate because they are ridiculous with the large animal externship. It took me 3 months to find a large animal veterinarian to take me on for my externship. Not to mention some large animal vets that won't even take Penn Foster on do to their ridiculous requirements. I'm waiting and waiting for final approval to start my externship and every time they send my paperwork back and back. Even though I fixed it numerous times. I don't recommend this school to anyone!!!!"
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2017
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"Don' t pay in advance - if you cancel they don't want to pay you back your money. They don't want to let you talk to the accounting department, to get an Account statement They stated: " The accounting department has no phone: I guess that is why they don't want to give your money back to buy phones for the accounting department. NEVER EVER PAY IN FULL"
  • Reviewed: 8/22/2017
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"Please do not waste your time or money on this "school." It is a borderline scam. They refuse to cancel my enrollment after many conversations and they keep raising what I owe them, even though I didn't complete even 1/4 of the program. I am absolutely disgusted with their customer service and the unprofessional way they run things. Be cautious before you give them anything."
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2016
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"Worse college ever they don't care about your education they just want the money and was not very helpful when it came to the course work and the customer service is very rude they don't even need their job I would not refer any friends or family to this school not worth the time or money"
Always improving!!
  • Reviewed: 7/30/2016
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"As a student, I've been with Penn Foster for many years counting. I'm enrolled in the Vet Tech program. I have seen the College evolve for the greater good and they continue to meet my expectations. They listen to our concerns and always find the best solutions. When I do stumble upon an issue with service, Penn Foster makes sure to solve it with all their resources to make me a happy student. Not only am I a student, I'm also a 2nd year Student Ambassador, a Student Mentor, a board member of the program's advisory committee. I couldn't have made it to those levels without Penn Foster!! The VT instructors strive for student success! We have financial and success coaches to reach out to and help guide us through tough times. We have national veterinary leaders as guest webinar speakers who share their amazing knowledge and skills to help us pass the VTNE exam. I recommend Penn Foster to all prospective students wanting to chase their passion of becoming a veterinary nurse/technician! I'd be happy to assist with any questions you may have: (-:"