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High School + Veterinary Assisting

Introducing: Penn Foster High School + Veterinary Assistant Career Pathways Program

While James Madison High School is no longer accepting enrollments in the Veterinary Assistant Career Pathways Certificate, we’re excited to introduce you to our partner school, Penn Foster.

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Penn Foster’s affordable online High School Diploma with Veterinary Assistant Program is designed with job readiness in mind so you can take the first steps toward building skills you’ll use in your everyday career.


What is Penn Foster?

James Madison High School is part of the Penn Foster Network. Penn Foster, JMHS’s partner school, has been a leading provider of distance education and online high school for over 100 years. Like JMHS, Penn Foster High School is affordable, fully online, and self-paced, allowing you to earn your diploma on your terms.

General High School Diploma + Veterinary Assistant Career Pathways Certificate

The Penn Foster High School Diploma with Veterinary Assistant Career Pathways track offers the standard accredited high school education combined with introductory courses in veterinary assisting. Instead of choosing from general electives, your five elective courses will cover veterinary healthcare, legal and ethical issues, office administration and communications, client relationships, veterinary procedures, terminology, pharmacology, animal behavior, and more. In the same amount of class time required to earn a general high school diploma, you’ll earn your high school diploma in addition to a Career Pathways Certificate in Veterinary Assisting.

Enroll in Penn Foster’s Career Pathways Veterinary Assisting Track if You...

  • Desire a high school diploma to fulfill a personal goal.
  • Need to fulfill requirements for job advancement or a career training program.
  • Want to work in a vet clinic or a related field after graduation.

General High School Diploma + Veterinary Assisting Career Pathways Curriculum (21.5 Credits)

The following courses are part of the General Diploma with Veterinary Assisting Career Pathways Certificate track. You may transfer up to 16 eligible credits from your previous high school.

Course Syllabus (21.5 credits)

Order Courses Subject Area Credits
1 Introduction to High School Life Skills 0
2 Health Science 1
3 American History (General) Social Studies 1
4 Vocabulary Studies English 1
5 English I (General) English 1
6 Open Elective -- 1
7 Pre-Algebra Mathematics 1
8 Physical Science Science 1
9 English II (General) English 1
10 Algebra I Mathematics 1
11 Personal Finance Business 1
12 Open Elective -- 1
13 American Government and Economics (General) Social Studies 1
14 Biology (General) Science 1
15 English III (General) English 1
16 Geometry Mathematics 1
17 Open Elective -- 1
18 World History (General) Social Studies 1
19 Earth Science Science 1
20 English IV (General) English 1
21 Open Elective -- 1
22 Veterinary Assistant Part 1 Career 1
23 Veterinary Assistant Part 2 Career 1
24 World Geography Social Studies 1

Learn More About the Penn Foster Experience

Just like JMHS, at Penn Foster we believe education should be affordable and built to help you reach your career goals, prepare for in-demand jobs, and work around your schedule. Learn more about Penn Foster and how our programs work from students and grads who’ve been where you are.


We will gladly consider any eligible transfer credits you may have from your previous high school. Call 1-800-305-2194 to learn more about Penn Foster High School’s Pathway Programs, transfer credits, and tuition.