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At this point you probably have determined which veterinarian degree that you wish to earn, and if you prefer to study online or attend a college on campus. Since there are a large number of vet community colleges, vocational and trade schools in the Auburn AL area and across the USA, you should ask some relevant questions in order to fine tune your list of alternatives. As we mentioned in our opening, many prospective students start by concentrating on location and tuition expense. But we have already touched on other significant qualifiers, such as internship programs and accreditation. And naturally you want to choose a program that offers the specialty and degree that you would like to earn. These and other qualifications are covered in the checklist of questions that you need to ask the veterinary technician schools that you are looking at.

Is the Vet School Accredited?  It's important that you confirm that the veterinary technician college you enroll in is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. As previously discussed, among the most highly respected is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Trade schools and colleges that are accredited by the AVMA have undergone an extensive review process that confirms you will receive a superior education. Also, accreditation is essential if you are requesting a student loan or financial aid, since numerous programs are not available for non-accredited schools. And finally, having a degree or certificate from an accredited college is frequently a prerequisite for employment for many Auburn AL area vet clinics and hospitals.

What is the School's Reputation?  The veterinary college or vocational school and program you select must have an excellent reputation within the veterinary community. You can begin your due diligence by asking the schools you are reviewing for references from the employers in their job assistance network. Other suggestions include looking on online school rating websites and contacting the school's accrediting organizations as well. You can ask the Alabama school licensing department if there have been any complaints or infractions relating to your targeted schools. As a final tip, get in touch with some Auburn AL vet clinics that you may wish to work for after you get your training. Ask what they think about your school choices. They might even recommend one or more colleges not on your list.

Are there Internship Programs?  The most effective approach to get clinical hands on training as a vet tech is to work in a professional environment. Ask if the programs you are looking at have internship programs arranged with Auburn AL veterinarians, vet clinics or hospitals. Most veterinary medicine programs require practical training and many provide it through internships. Not only will the experience be beneficial as far as the practical training, but an internship can also help build associations in the local veterinarian community and assist in the search for a position after graduation.

Is there a Job Placement Program?  Finding a job after graduating from a vet tech school may be difficult without the help of a job placement program. To start with, find out what the graduation rates are for the schools you are evaluating. A lower rate could signify that the instructors were unqualified to teach the course of study or that some students were disappointed with the program and quit. Next, check that the colleges have a job assistance program and ask what their placement rates are. A higher placement rate may mean that the program has an exceptional reputation within the Auburn AL veterinarian community and has a significant network of contacts for student placements. A lower rate might signify that the training is not well thought of by employers or that the job assistance program is a failure at placing students.

How Big are the Classes?  If the classes are bigger, you probably will get little or no personalized instruction from the teachers. Find out from the Auburn AL colleges you are looking at what their classroom student to teacher ratios are. You may also want to sit in on some classes (if practical) to observe the interaction between students and instructors. Get feedback from students relating to the quality of instruction. Also, talk with the instructors and find out what their backgrounds are as well as their methods of teaching.

Where is the College Located?  Yes, we previously covered location, but there are a few more points to make on the subject. If you are planning to drive to your veterinary technician classes from your Auburn AL home, you must confirm that the driving time fits into 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 campus is located close by or within a large city. Also, if you do opt to enroll in a school in another state or even outside of your County of residence, there may be higher tuition fees particularly for community and state colleges. Of course attending classes online may be an option that will provide you with more flexibility and reduce the need for travel.

Do the Classes Fit Your Schedule?  And finally, it's essential that you find out if the veterinary colleges you are looking at offer class times that are sufficiently flexible to accommodate your schedule. For instance, a number of students continue working full time and can only go to classes on the weekends or in the evenings near Auburn AL. Others might only be able to go to class in the morning or in the afternoon. Make certain that the class times you require are available before enrolling. Also, determine if you can make-up classes that you might miss because of illness, work or family responsibilities. You might discover that an online college is the best way to fit your veterinary education into your active life.

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