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At this point you probably 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 veterinary community colleges, vocational and trade schools in the Kenai AK area as well as across the Country, you should ask some relevant questions in order to narrow down your list of options. As we mentioned in our opening, many potential students start by prioritizing location and the cost of tuition. But we have previously touched on other essential qualifiers, such as internship programs and accreditation. And obviously you need to select a program that offers the degree and specialty that you are interested in. These and other qualifications are covered in the list of questions that you should ask the veterinary technician schools that you are looking at.

Is the Veterinary College Accredited?  It's essential that you verify that the vet tech school you enroll in is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. As earlier mentioned, among 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 review process that confirms you will receive a quality education. Also, accreditation is important if you are requesting a student loan or financial aid, since a large number of programs are not available for non-accredited schools. Last, having a degree or certificate from an accredited school is often a requirement for employment for a number of Kenai AK area veterinary practices and hospitals.

What is the College's Reputation?  The veterinary college or trade school and program you select must have an excellent reputation within the vet community. You can start your due diligence by asking the schools you are interested in for testimonials from the employers in their job assistance network. Other pointers include looking on online school ranking websites and contacting the school's accrediting organizations as well. You can ask the Alaska school licensing department if there have been any complaints or infractions regarding your targeted schools. As a final tip, contact some Kenai AK veterinarians that you might want to work for after you receive your training. Find out what they think of your school selections. They might even suggest one or more programs not on your list.

Are there Internship Programs?  The most effective means to obtain clinical hands on experience as a vet tech is to work in a medical setting. Ask if the programs you are reviewing have internship programs arranged with Kenai AK veterinarians, vet clinics or hospitals. The majority of veterinary medicine programs require practical training and many furnish it through internships. Not only will the experience be valuable as far as the practical training, but an internship may also help develop relationships in the local vet community and aid in the search for employment after graduation.

Is Job Placement Provided?  Getting a job after graduating from a veterinary technician school may be difficult without the assistance of a job placement program. First, find out what the graduation rates are for the schools you are considering. A lower rate may indicate that the teachers were ineffective at teaching the syllabus or that some students were dissatisfied with the program and quit. Next, confirm that the colleges have a job assistance program and ask what their placement rates are. A higher placement rate might mean that the school has an excellent reputation within the Kenai AK veterinary community and has a significant network of contacts for student placements. A low rate might mean that the training is not well thought of by employers or that the job assistance program is ineffective at placing students.

How Large are the Classes?  If the classes are larger in size, you probably will get little or no individualized instruction from the teachers. Find out from the Kenai AK programs you are researching what their class teacher to student ratios are. You may also decide to sit in on a few classes (if practical) to observe the interaction between teachers and students. 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 approaches to teaching.

Where is the College Located?  Of course, we previously talked about location, but there are several more points to consider on the subject. If you are going to drive to your veterinary technician classes from your Kenai AK home, you have to confirm that the driving 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, especially if the campus is located close by or within a larger city. In addition, if you do choose to attend a college in another state or even outside of your County of residence, there may be increased tuition fees especially for state and community colleges. Of course taking classes online might be an option that will give you more flexibility and reduce the necessity for travel.

Do the Classes Fit Your Schedule?  And finally, it's imperative that you ascertain if the veterinarian programs you are evaluating offer class times that are sufficiently flexible to accommodate your schedule. For instance, a number of students continue to work full time and can only attend classes on the weekends or in the evenings near Kenai AK. Some may only be able to go to class in the morning or later in the afternoon. Verify that the class times you require are offered before enrolling. In addition, determine if you can make-up classes that you may miss because of work, illness or family responsibilities. You might discover that an online school is the best solution to fit your vet education into your hectic life.

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