Hey there everyone! So i stumbled upon this wonderful site at the perfect time, when i was lost and confused with many questions. Ill start off with a quick overview Readers Digest style! I've known i was ment to work with animals since i was a little kid taking care of stray animals. Now im of age to really get into the quick of it. Unfortunatly i work two jobs one of which is full time to pay for my apt and pets. So im looking into doing online schooling.
While searching the web i came across Penn Foster, it seems pretty amazing and fits my life style. So my question is, has anyone gone through Penn Foster? If yes what are the pros and cons? Is it recognized by employers? Are there other options i.e. schools that may be better? and finally would it be better to get a Vet Ass. certification? If anyone has any advice on this it would be greatly appreciated im lost in a sea of questions so if any one has a paddle it would be a life saver. Thanks for taking the time to read this Have a fantastic day!
I am not familiar with this schooling type. But I have some advise seeing as I have been in the Vet field for 20 years. Vet Assistant is not worth any schooling, the pay sucks and you end up doing a lot of technical work. Animal Health Technician can pay up to 18 dollars an hour if your lucky. Our tech's make a dollar or two more then me, but it took me 20 years to get there. Go to school for Tech if you can, but on line schooling they are less likely to recognise, they want hands on experience. I groomed (in there) for 10 years, I made double what the tech's made, and worked less.
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VET TECH is want you want, you MUST go to an AVMA approved school though, which penn foster is not as far as I know, the REAL VET TECH schools are few and far between though....BUT There is one in St petersburg Fla that is the real deal and is online, but you must get a job at a vet clinic to do your clinicals and get your hands on. If you REALLY want to do this it is worth the money to become the real deal, with endless possibilities you can work in labs, sea world vet emergency just about anywhere animals are. I will try and find a link for you to the tech school in Florida. Becoming a REAL vet tech means you are eligble to take state certification and become Registered like a nurse. It is usually only an associate degree, they do offer bachelors which give you more options like teaching at tech schools and running your own bussiness.
First off - big diff between vet tech adn vet assistant. Vet techs are certified by the avma (at least in NY and CT it is a requirement) and they make a better salary than vet assistants who are not certified. You can move up, I work in a vet's office and have seen it happen, but if you decide to go to another office, you may find yourself stuck because you are not certified.
I have just decided to take tech courses at Penn Foster because you need to take the courses in order to take the certification exam. Employers aren't going to care where you went to school, they want to see the certification. You could go to a top school, but if you want top pay you better have your certification to show potential employers. If you go to the AVMA website you will see that graduates of the vet tech program at Penn Foster are certification eligible. If you are looking to be certified as a vet tech be sure that wherever you take the classes, that they are avma accredited. Penn Foster is one of the few that are! Hope it was helful! :-)