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What to Ask Vet Tech Colleges
By now you should have selected which veterinary credential that you wish to obtain, and if you prefer to study online or attend a college on campus. Since there are an abundance of vet community colleges, vocational and technical schools in the Athens AL area as well as across the United States, you must ask some relevant questions to help fine tune your list of alternatives. As we pointed out in our opening, many prospective students start by concentrating on location and tuition expense. But we have previously touched on other essential qualifiers, for instance accreditation and internship programs. And naturally you need to enroll in a college that offers the specialty and degree that you are interested in. These and other factors are addressed in the list of questions that you need to ask the vet tech colleges that you are looking at.
Is the Vet Program Accredited? It's important that you confirm that the vet tech program you enroll in is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. As previously discussed, one of the most highly regarded is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Vocational schools and colleges that are accredited by the AVMA have undergone a thorough review process that ensures you will obtain a quality education. Also, accreditation is important if you are requesting a student loan or financial aid, since numerous programs are not offered for non-accredited colleges. And finally, having a degree or certificate from an accredited college is in many cases a requirement for employment for a number of Athens AL area vet clinics and hospitals.
What is the College's Reputation? The veterinarian college or vocational school and program you choose should have an excellent reputation within the veterinary community. You can begin your due diligence by asking the colleges you are reviewing for testimonials from the employers in their job placement network. Other suggestions include looking on online school rating websites and speaking with the school's accrediting organizations as well. You can ask the Alabama school licensing authority if there have been any complaints or infractions concerning your specific schools. As a final recommendation, contact some Athens AL veterinarians that you may wish to work for after you receive your training. Find out what they think of your school choices. They may even recommend one or more schools not on your list.
Are Internships Offered? The best means to get practical hands on training as a vet tech is to work in a professional setting. Find out if the colleges you are considering have internship programs established with Athens AL veterinarians, vet clinics or hospitals. Almost all veterinary medicine programs require practical training and many provide it by means of internships. Not only will the experience be valuable regarding the clinical training, but an internship can also help build connections in the local veterinary community and aid in the search for a position after graduation.
Is Job Placement Offered? Finding a job after graduating from a vet tech program may be challenging without the assistance of a job placement program. First, ask what the graduation rates are for the programs you are evaluating. A lower rate could indicate that the instructors were unqualified to teach the course of study or that a number of students were dissatisfied with the program and dropped out. Next, confirm that the schools have a job placement program and find out what their placement rates are. A higher placement rate could mean that the school has an exceptional reputation within the Athens AL veterinarian community and has a considerable network of contacts for student placements. A lower rate could indicate that the training is not highly regarded by employers or that the job placement program is a failure at placing students.
How Big are the Classes? If the classes are larger, you may receive little or no personalized instruction from the teachers. Find out from the Athens AL programs you are looking at what their class teacher to student ratios are. You might also want to sit in on some classes (if practical) to monitor the interaction between students and instructors. Get feedback from students concerning the quality of instruction. Also, speak with the teachers and find out what their qualifications are as well as their methods of teaching.
Where is the Campus Located? Of course, we previously covered location, but there are a few more points to make on the topic. If you are going to commute to your veterinary technician classes from your Athens AL home, you must confirm that the commuting time is compatible with your schedule. For example, driving during the weekend to check out the route won't be the same as the drive during rush hour traffic, especially if the college is located near or in a large city. Also, if you do choose to attend a school in another state or even outside of your County of residence, there may be increased tuition fees particularly for state and community colleges. On the other hand, attending classes online could be an alternative that will provide you with more flexibility and reduce the necessity for travel.
Do the Classes Fit Your Schedule? And last, it's imperative that you ascertain if the vet colleges you are considering offer class times that are sufficiently flexible to accommodate your schedule. For example, a number of students continue to work full time and can only attend classes on the weekends or at night near Athens AL. Some might only be able to go to class in the morning or in the afternoon. Confirm that the class times you need are offered prior to enrolling. Also, determine if you can make up classes that you might miss due to work, illness or family responsibilities. You might discover that an online college is the best way to fit your veterinary education into your active life.