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At this point you should have decided on which veterinarian credential that you wish to attain, and if you want to study online or attend a college on campus. Since there are an abundance of veterinary community colleges, vocational and technical schools in the Cave Creek AZ area and across the United States, you should ask some important questions in order to fine tune your list of options. As we mentioned in our introduction, many future students start by concentrating on location and tuition expense. But we have already touched on other significant qualifiers, for example accreditation and internship programs. And of course you need to enroll in a school that offers the degree and specialty that you are interested in. These and other qualifications are reviewed in the checklist of questions that you need to ask the vet tech programs that you are looking at.

Is the Veterinary College Accredited?  It's imperative that you confirm that the vet tech program you choose is accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization. As previously stated, 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 thorough review process that verifies you will receive a quality education. Also, accreditation is essential if you are requesting a student loan or financial aid, since many programs are not available for non-accredited schools. And finally, having a certificate or degree from an accredited program is in many cases a precondition for employment for many Cave Creek AZ area veterinary clinics and hospitals.

What is the School's Reputation?  The vet vocational school or college and program you select must have an exceptional reputation within the vet community. You can start your due diligence by asking the colleges you are looking at for endorsements from the employers in their job assistance network. Other suggestions include looking on online school rating websites and speaking with the school's accrediting organizations as well. You can ask the Arizona school licensing department if there have been any grievances or violations regarding your specific schools. As a final pointer, call some Cave Creek AZ vet clinics that you may want to work for after you receive your training. Ask what they think about your school selections. They might even recommend one or more colleges not on your list.

Are Internships Offered?  The best way to obtain clinical hands on experience as a vet tech is to work in a professional setting. Ask if the schools you are looking at have internship programs set up with Cave Creek AZ veterinarians, vet clinics or hospitals. The majority of veterinary medicine programs require clinical training and many furnish it by way of internships. Not only will the experience be valuable relative to the practical training, but an internship may also help establish relationships in the local veterinarian community and aid in the search for a position after graduation.

Is there a Job Placement Program?  Getting a job after graduating from a vet tech college may be difficult without the help of a job placement program. First, ask what the graduation rates are for the schools you are evaluating. A lower rate may indicate that the instructors were unqualified to teach the curriculum or that a number of students were dissatisfied with the program and quit. Next, verify that the schools have a job placement program and ask what their placement rates are. A higher placement rate may mean that the school has an outstanding reputation within the Cave Creek AZ vet community and has a considerable network of contacts for student placements. A low rate may signify that the training is not highly thought of by employers or that the job placement program is a failure at placing students.

How Big are the Classes?  If the classes are bigger, you probably will receive little or no individualized instruction from the teachers. Find out from the Cave Creek AZ schools you are researching what their class teacher to student ratios are. You might also decide to participate in some classes (if practical) to monitor the interaction between instructors and students. Get feedback from students regarding the quality of instruction. Also, speak with the instructors and find out what their backgrounds are as well as their methods of teaching.

Where is the College Located?  Yes, we previously covered location, but there are a couple of more points to make on the subject. If you are going to commute to your veterinary technician classes from your Cave Creek AZ home, you have to make sure that the driving time is compatible with your schedule. For example, driving during the weekend to investigate the route won't be the same as the commute during rush hour traffic, particularly if the college is located in or near a large city. Also, if you do decide to attend a school in another state or even outside of your County of residence, there may be increased tuition charges particularly for state and community colleges. Of course taking classes online may be an option that will give you more flexibility and minimize the need for travel.

Is the Class Schedule Flexible?  And finally, it's imperative that you ascertain if the vet colleges you are considering offer class times that are sufficiently flexible to fit your schedule. For instance, many students continue to work full time and can only attend classes on the weekends or at night near Cave Creek AZ. Some might only be able to attend class in the morning or in the afternoon. Verify that the class times you need are offered before enrolling. In addition, find out if you can make-up classes that you may miss because of sickness, work or family issues. You may find that an online college is the ideal way to fit your veterinary education into your active life.

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