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By now you should have selected which veterinarian degree that you wish to obtain, and if you prefer to study online or attend a school on campus. Since there are a large number of veterinarian community colleges, vocational and technical schools in the Dothan AL area and across the United States, you need to ask some qualifying questions in order to fine tune your list of options. As we discussed in our introduction, many potential students start by focusing on location and tuition expense. But we have previously touched on other significant qualifiers, such as internship programs and accreditation. And naturally you need to enroll in a college that offers the specialty and degree that you would like to earn. These and other factors are addressed in the list of questions that you need to ask the vet tech programs that you are considering.

Is the Veterinary Program Accredited?  It's imperative that you confirm that the veterinary technician school you select is accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization. As earlier stated, one of the most highly regarded is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Trade schools and colleges that are accredited by the AVMA have gone through a thorough screening process that ensures you will obtain a superior education. Also, accreditation is essential if you are requesting a student loan or financial assistance, since a large number of programs are not obtainable for non-accredited schools. Last, having a certificate or degree from an accredited program is in many cases a requirement for employment for a number of Dothan AL area veterinary clinics and hospitals.

What is the School's Reputation?  The veterinary trade school or college and program you choose must have an excellent reputation within the veterinary community. You can begin your due diligence by asking the schools you are looking at for endorsements from the employers in their job assistance network. Other tips include checking with online school ranking 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 violations concerning your specific schools. As a final recommendation, phone some Dothan AL veterinarians that you might wish to work for after you go through your training. Find out what they think about your school choices. They may even suggest some schools not on your list.

Are there Internship Programs?  The best approach to get clinical hands on training as a vet tech is to work in a clinical environment. Find out if the programs you are considering have internship programs arranged with Dothan AL veterinarians, vet hospitals or practices. Most veterinary medicine programs require clinical training and a large number furnish it by way of internships. Not only will the experience be valuable relative to the clinical training, but an internship may also help develop associations in the local veterinarian community and aid in the search for a job after graduation.

Is there a Job Assistance Program?  Getting a job after graduating from a veterinary technician college can be difficult without the assistance of a job placement program. To start with, ask what the graduation rates are for the programs you are considering. A lower rate might indicate that the teachers were ineffective at teaching the course of study or that a number of students were disappointed with the program and dropped out. Next, verify that the colleges have a job placement program and find out what their placement rates are. A high placement rate might indicate that the program has an excellent reputation within the Dothan AL vet community and has a significant network of contacts for student placements. A low rate might signify that the training is not well regarded by employers or that the job placement program is ineffective at placing students.

How Large are the Classes?  If the classes are bigger, you probably will receive little or no one-on-one instruction from the teachers. Find out from the Dothan AL colleges you are considering what their class teacher to student ratios are. You might also want to attend a couple of classes (if practical) to observe the interaction between students and teachers. Get feedback from students relating to the quality of instruction. Also, talk with the instructors and determine what their qualifications are as well as their methods of teaching.

Where is the Campus Located?  Okay, we already talked about location, but there are a few more points to consider on the topic. If you are planning to commute to your veterinary technician classes from your Dothan AL home, you need to make sure that the commuting 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 near a larger city. Also, if you do opt to attend a school in another state or even outside of your County of residence, there may be increased tuition costs particularly for state and community colleges. On the other hand, attending classes online could be an option that will provide you with more flexibility and minimize the necessity for travel.

Is the Class Schedule Flexible?  And last, it's imperative that you determine if the veterinarian schools you are exploring offer class times that are sufficiently flexible to fit your schedule. For example, a number of students continue working full time and can only attend classes on the weekends or at night near Dothan AL. Some might only be able to attend classes in the morning or in the afternoon. Confirm that the class times you need are available before enrolling. In addition, find out if you can make-up classes that you might miss due to sickness, work or family issues. You may find that an online school is the ideal solution to fit your veterinary education into your hectic life.

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