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At this point you probably have determined which veterinarian credential that you want to earn, and if you prefer to study online or attend a college on campus. Since there are a large number of veterinary community colleges, vocational and trade schools in the Boaz AL area as well as across the Country, you must ask some qualifying questions to help narrow down your list of options. As we pointed out in our opening, many future students start by concentrating on location and tuition expense. But we have already touched on other essential qualifiers, such as accreditation and internship programs. And obviously you want to choose a school that offers the degree and specialty that you want to earn. These and other qualifications are covered in the checklist of questions that you need to ask the vet tech schools that you are considering.

Is the Vet Program Accredited?  It's essential that you verify that the vet tech school you select is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. As earlier stated, among the most highly respected is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Trade schools and colleges that are accredited by the AVMA have undergone a demanding screening process that confirms you will obtain a quality education. Also, accreditation is essential if you are requesting a student loan or financial assistance, since many programs are not available for non-accredited colleges. And finally, having a certificate or degree from an accredited college is often a requirement for employment for many Boaz AL area veterinarian clinics and hospitals.

What is the Program's Reputation?  The vet vocational school or college and program you select should have an exceptional reputation within the vet field. You can start your due diligence by asking the colleges you are interested in for testimonials from the employers in their job placement network. Other pointers include checking with internet school ranking websites and contacting the school's accrediting organizations as well. You can ask the Alabama school licensing department if there have been any grievances or infractions relating to your specific schools. As a final tip, phone some Boaz AL veterinary clinics that you may want to work for after you get your training. Ask what they think of your school choices. They might even recommend some programs not on your list.

Are Internships Offered?  The most effective means to get practical hands on training as a vet tech is to work in a professional setting. Find out if the schools you are looking at have internship programs set up with Boaz AL veterinarians, vet clinics or hospitals. The majority of veterinary medicine programs require practical training and many provide it by means of internships. Not only will the experience be valuable as far as the clinical training, but an internship can also help develop associations in the local veterinary community and aid in the search for a job after graduation.

Is Job Placement Offered?  Getting a job after graduating from a veterinary technician school may be challenging without the assistance of a job placement program. To begin with, find out what the graduation rates are for the colleges you are evaluating. A low rate might suggest that the instructors were ineffective at teaching the curriculum or that a number of students were disappointed with the program and quit. Next, verify that the colleges have a job placement program and ask what their placement rates are. A higher placement rate may mean that the program has an outstanding reputation within the Boaz AL veterinary community and has a considerable network of contacts for student placements. A low rate might signify that the training is not well thought of by employers or that the job placement program is a failure at placing students.

How Big are the Classes?  If the classes are larger in size, you most likely will receive little or no one-on-one instruction from the teachers. Solicit from the Boaz AL colleges you are looking at what their class teacher to student ratios are. You may also want to attend some classes (if practical) to observe the interaction between teachers and students. Ask for evaluations from students relating to the quality of instruction. Also, talk with the instructors and find out what their qualifications are as well as their methods of teaching.

Where is the College Located?  Yes, we already covered location, but there are several more points to make on the subject. If you are going to drive to your veterinary technician classes from your Boaz AL home, you must make sure that the driving time is compatible with your schedule. For example, driving during the weekend to investigate the route won't be the same as the drive during rush hour traffic, especially if the school is located in or close by a large city. In addition, if you do opt to attend a college in another state or even outside of your County of residence, there may be higher tuition costs particularly for state and community colleges. On the other hand, attending classes online might be an alternative that will give you more flexibility and reduce the need for travel.

Is the Class Schedule Flexible?  And last, it's important that you ascertain if the vet schools you are exploring offer class times that are sufficiently flexible to fit your schedule. For instance, a number of students continue to work full time and can only attend classes on the weekends or at night near Boaz AL. Some might only be able to attend class in the morning or in the afternoon. Make certain that the class times you need are available before enrolling. In addition, determine if you can make-up classes that you might miss because of illness, work or family emergencies. You might discover that an online college is the best way to fit your veterinary training into your active life.

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