Earn your AVMA-CVTEA accredited degree with our partnership program through Penn Foster College.


Red River Animal Emergency Hospital & Referral Center has partnered with Penn Foster college to offer students a unique educational experience. Accepted students will enroll in Penn Foster’s online accredited Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program while working and completing clinical hours at our hospital.

Program Benefits

Students will have access to a classroom for studies at our state of the art veterinary hospital for a monthly fee.  Construction of the hospital expansion expected to be complete Fall 2022. Anatomical models, a CPR mannikin, textbooks, and other visual aids will be available to students 24/7.

Veterinary Technician educators will check in with students weekly to maintain accountability of online progress and work one-on-one with students during hands-on skill learning. Our program educators will also help organize externship hours to fulfill program requirements that can not be completed at our hospital such as large animal and primary care medicine.

Upon program completion and licensure,  graduates who remain employed at RRAEH will be eligible for partial reimbursement of program costs.


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Work a minimum of 3 months as a veterinary assistant at RRAEH
  • Complete an essay
  • Provide two professional references
  • Submit a letter of recommendation
  • Interview with program educators

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am already enrolled at Penn Foster?

After program acceptance, students can enroll into the partnership in the next semester.

How long do I have to complete the program?

Our program is structured for completion in 2 years.

How many hours per week are students expected to work?

Students must work a minimum of 20 hours per week as a veterinary assistant for the duration of the program but can choose to work up to 40 hours per week.

How much is the Penn Foster tuition?

The cost per semester is $1,600. The program is four semesters making the total cost of tuition $6,400.

How much is the monthly partnership fee?

This fee will be determined and implemented after hospital expansion completion.

Can I finance my tuition & program fee?

Financial options are available for students to cover tuition. More information to come.