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At this point you probably have determined which veterinary credential that you want to attain, and if you intend to study online or attend a school on campus. Since there are an abundance of veterinarian community colleges, technical and vocational schools in the Eagle River AK area and across the United States, you should ask some qualifying questions to help narrow down your list of options. As we pointed out in our introduction, many prospective students start by concentrating on location and the cost of tuition. But we have already mentioned other significant qualifiers, for example accreditation and internship programs. And of course you want to enroll in a program that offers the degree and specialty that you would like to earn. These and other qualifications are addressed in the checklist of questions that you need to ask the vet tech schools that you are considering.

Is the Veterinary College Accredited?  It's imperative that you verify that the veterinary technician program you enroll in is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. As previously mentioned, one of the most highly respected is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Vocational schools and colleges that are accredited by the AVMA have gone through a thorough review process that confirms you will receive a quality education. Also, accreditation is necessary if you are requesting a student loan or financial aid, since numerous programs are not offered for non-accredited schools. And finally, having a degree or certificate from an accredited program is frequently a prerequisite for employment for many Eagle River AK area veterinary clinics and hospitals.

What is the College's Reputation?  The vet college or vocational school and program you enroll in should have an exceptional reputation within the vet community. You can begin your due diligence by asking the colleges you are interested in for references from the employers in their job placement network. Other suggestions include checking with online school rating websites and checking with the school's accrediting agencies as well. You can ask the Alaska school licensing department if there have been any grievances or infractions involving your targeted schools. As a final suggestion, phone some Eagle River AK veterinarians that you might want to work for after you go through your training. Find out what they think about your school choices. They might even recommend some programs not on your list.

Are there Internship Programs?  The most effective means to obtain clinical hands on training as a vet tech is to work in a medical environment. Ask if the colleges you are considering have internship programs set up with Eagle River AK veterinarians, vet hospitals or clinics. The majority of veterinary medicine programs mandate practical training and many furnish it by means of internships. Not only will the experience be invaluable as far as the clinical training, but an internship can also help build connections in the local veterinary community and help in the search for a job after graduation.

Is Job Placement Offered?  Searching for a job after graduating from a vet tech program may be challenging without the assistance of a job placement program. To start with, find out what the graduation rates are for the schools you are considering. A low rate could mean that the instructors were unqualified to teach the course of study or that a number of students were disappointed with the program and quit. Next, check that the colleges have a job placement program and find out what their placement rates are. A high placement rate may indicate that the school has an excellent reputation within the Eagle River AK veterinarian community and has a substantial network of contacts for student placements. A lower rate could indicate that the training is not well regarded by employers or that the job assistance program is a failure at placing students.

How Large are the Classes?  If the classes are larger, you most likely will get little or no one-on-one instruction from the teachers. Request from the Eagle River AK colleges you are considering what their class teacher to student ratios are. You might also want to participate in a few classes (if practical) to monitor 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 qualifications are as well as their approaches to teaching.

Where is the Campus Located?  Okay, we already talked about location, but there are several more points to consider on the subject. If you are going to commute to your vet tech classes from your Eagle River AK home, you must make sure that the commuting time is compatible with your schedule. For instance, driving during the weekend to investigate the route won't be the same as the commute during rush hour traffic, particularly if the campus 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 costs particularly for state and community colleges. Of course taking classes online could be an alternative that will give you more flexibility and decrease the necessity for travel.

Do the Classes Fit Your Schedule?  And last, it's essential that you ascertain if the vet colleges you are evaluating offer class times that are sufficiently flexible to fit your schedule. For example, many students continue working full time and can only attend classes on the weekends or in the evenings near Eagle River AK. Others may only be able to attend classes in the morning or in the afternoon. Verify that the class times you need are offered prior to enrolling. Also, find out if you can make-up classes that you may miss as a result of illness, work or family emergencies. You might find that an online program is the ideal way to fit your veterinary training into your hectic life.

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