Penn Foster College Reviews - Associate in Veterinary Technician

2.28 out of 5 stars
(30 Reviews)
47% of 30 students said this degree improved their career prospects
43% of 30 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Kylee - 10/7/2020
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Tonya - 7/20/2020
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"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"
2.1 out of 5 stars
Abigail Ballance - 3/18/2020
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2021
"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!!!!!!!!!!"
4.8 out of 5 stars
Brittany Owens - 1/20/2020
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Caitlin - 12/22/2019
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"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!!!!!"
1.5 out of 5 stars
Sam - 9/5/2019
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jacqueline England - 8/27/2019
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2022
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Be careful of this school - 4/16/2019
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"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***!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Haley - 3/18/2019
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Elizabeth - 3/29/2018
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2018
"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!!!"