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Questions to Ask Veterinary Technician Schools
At this point you probably have determined which veterinary degree that you wish to attain, and if you prefer to study online or attend a college on campus. Since there are an abundance of veterinarian community colleges, vocational and technical schools in the Decatur AL area and across the USA, you must ask some qualifying questions to help narrow down your list of options. As we pointed out in our opening, many potential students start by concentrating on location and tuition expense. But we have already touched on other important qualifiers, such as internship programs and accreditation. And obviously you need to select a school that offers the degree and specialty that you want to earn. These and other factors are reviewed in the list of questions that you should ask the vet tech programs that you are reviewing.
Is the Veterinary College Accredited? It's imperative that you confirm that the veterinary technician college you select is accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization. As earlier 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 demanding review process that confirms you will obtain a superior education. Also, accreditation is essential if you are requesting a student loan or financial aid, since a large number of programs are not available for non-accredited colleges. And finally, having a certificate or degree from an accredited program is often a requirement for employment for a number of Decatur AL area vet practices and hospitals.
What is the College's Reputation? The vet college or vocational school and program you select should have an outstanding reputation within the vet field. You can begin your due diligence by asking the colleges you are looking at for references from the employers in their job assistance network. Other suggestions include looking on internet school rating websites and speaking with the school's accrediting organizations as well. You can ask the Alabama school licensing department if there have been any grievances or violations involving your targeted schools. As a final recommendation, call some Decatur AL veterinary clinics that you might want to work for after you get your training. Find out what they think of your school selections. They might even recommend one or more colleges not on your list.
Are there Internship Programs? The most effective way to get clinical hands on training as a vet tech is to work in a medical environment. Find out if the schools you are looking at have internship programs set up with Decatur AL veterinarians, vet hospitals or clinics. Almost all veterinary medicine programs require clinical training and many furnish it by means of internships. Not only will the experience be invaluable relative to the practical training, but an internship may also help develop connections in the local veterinarian community and assist in the search for a position after graduation.
Is there a Job Assistance Program? Searching for a job after graduating from a vet tech program may be difficult without the help of a job placement program. To begin with, find out what the graduation rates are for the colleges you are reviewing. A lower rate may suggest that the teachers were unqualified to teach the curriculum or that a number of students were disappointed with the program and quit. Next, confirm that the schools have a job assistance program and find out what their placement rates are. A high placement rate might signify that the program has an exceptional reputation within the Decatur AL vet community and has a substantial network of contacts for student placements. A lower rate may signify that the training is not well thought of by employers or that the job placement program is ineffective at placing students.
How Big are the Classes? If the classes are bigger, you most likely will receive little or no personalized instruction from the teachers. Find out from the Decatur AL programs you are looking at what their classroom student to teacher ratios are. You may also want to attend some classes (if practical) to observe the interaction between students and instructors. Get feedback from students concerning the quality of instruction. Also, talk with the instructors and determine what their qualifications are as well as their approaches to teaching.
Where is the School Located? Of course, we previously covered location, but there are a few more points to consider on the subject. If you are planning to commute to your vet tech classes from your Decatur AL home, you have to make sure 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 commute during rush hour traffic, especially if the campus is located in or close by a large city. Also, if you do decide to enroll in a school in another state or even outside of your County of residence, there may be increased tuition charges especially for state and community colleges. On the other hand, attending classes online might be an alternative that will give you more flexibility and decrease the need for travel.
Is the Class Schedule Flexible? And last, it's essential that you find out if the vet programs you are evaluating offer class times that are sufficiently flexible to accommodate your schedule. For instance, many students continue to work full time and can only go to classes on the weekends or at night near Decatur AL. Some may only be able to go to classes in the morning or in the afternoon. Confirm that the class times you require are available before enrolling. Also, find out if you can make up classes that you may miss as a result of sickness, work or family responsibilities. You might find that an online college is the best way to fit your vet education into your hectic life.