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At this point you should have decided on which veterinarian degree that you wish to earn, and if you want to study online or attend a school on campus. Since there are an abundance of veterinary community colleges, vocational and trade schools in the Camp Verde AZ area as well as across the Country, you need to ask some important questions in order to fine tune your list of options. As we pointed out in our introduction, many potential students start by focusing on location and the cost of tuition. But we have already mentioned other important qualifiers, for instance internship programs and accreditation. And obviously you want to select a college 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 veterinary technician colleges that you are considering.

Is the Veterinary Program Accredited?  It's imperative that you make sure that the vet tech school you select is accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization. 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 gone through a thorough review process that verifies you will obtain a superior education. Also, accreditation is necessary if you are requesting a student loan or financial aid, since many programs are not available for non-accredited colleges. And finally, having a degree or certificate from an accredited program is often a precondition for employment for a number of Camp Verde AZ area veterinary practices and hospitals.

What is the College's Reputation?  The vet college or trade school and program you enroll in must have an exceptional reputation within the vet field. You can begin your due diligence by asking the schools you are reviewing for testimonials from the employers in their job assistance network. Other tips include checking with online school ranking websites and speaking with the school's accrediting agencies as well. You can ask the Arizona school licensing department if there have been any complaints or infractions concerning your targeted schools. As a final pointer, phone some Camp Verde AZ veterinary clinics that you might wish to work for after you receive your training. Find out what they think of your school choices. They might even recommend one or more schools not on your list.

Are there Internship Programs?  The best way to get clinical hands on experience as a vet tech is to work in a clinical setting. Ask if the programs you are considering have internship programs set up with Camp Verde AZ veterinarians, vet hospitals or practices. Most veterinary medicine programs mandate clinical training and a large number provide it by way of internships. Not only will the experience be valuable as far as the clinical training, but an internship can also help build connections in the local vet 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 school can be challenging without the assistance of a job placement program. To begin with, ask what the graduation rates are for the colleges you are reviewing. A low rate could signify that the teachers were unqualified to teach the course of study or that a number of students were unhappy with the program and quit. Next, check that the schools have a job placement program and find out what their placement rates are. A high placement rate could mean that the program has an excellent reputation within the Camp Verde AZ veterinary community and has a considerable network of contacts for student placements. A low rate may signify that the training is not highly regarded by employers or that the job placement program is a failure at placing students.

How Big are the Classes?  If the classes are larger, you probably will get little or no one-on-one instruction from the teachers. Solicit from the Camp Verde AZ colleges you are considering what their classroom teacher to student ratios are. You might also decide to sit in on a couple of classes (if practical) to observe the interaction between students and instructors. Get feedback from students concerning the quality of instruction. Also, speak with the teachers and find out what their backgrounds are as well as their approaches to teaching.

Where is the College Located?  Yes, we previously discussed location, but there are several more points to consider on the topic. If you are planning to drive to your veterinary technician classes from your Camp Verde AZ home, you must confirm 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 drive during rush hour traffic, especially if the school is located in or close by a larger city. Also, if you do opt to attend a college in another state or even outside of your County of residence, there may be increased tuition charges especially for community and state colleges. Of course attending online classes may be an option that will provide you with more flexibility and reduce the need for travel.

Do the Classes Fit Your Schedule?  And finally, it's important that you determine if the veterinarian programs you are considering 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 go to classes on the weekends or in the evenings near Camp Verde AZ. Some may only be able to go to classes in the morning or later in the afternoon. Confirm that the class times you need are offered before enrolling. In addition, determine if you can make-up classes that you may miss because of work, illness or family emergencies. You might discover that an online college is the best way to fit your vet training into your active life.

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