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At this point you probably have decided on which veterinary degree that you want to obtain, and if you intend to study online or attend a program on campus. Since there are a large number of veterinarian community colleges, technical and vocational schools in the Chandler AZ area and across the USA, you need to ask some important questions in order to fine tune your list of alternatives. As we mentioned in our introduction, many prospective students start by prioritizing location and the cost of tuition. But we have already touched on other important qualifiers, for instance internship programs and accreditation. And obviously you want to enroll in a college that offers the specialty and degree that you are interested in. These and other factors are addressed in the checklist of questions that you need to ask the vet tech colleges that you are considering.

Is the Vet School Accredited?  It's imperative that you confirm that the vet tech program you choose is accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization. As earlier stated, among the most highly regarded is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Vocational schools and colleges that are accredited by the AVMA have gone through a rigorous screening process that confirms you will obtain a quality education. Also, accreditation is essential if you are applying for a student loan or financial aid, since many programs are not available for non-accredited colleges. Last, having a degree or certificate from an accredited school is in many cases a requirement for employment for a number of Chandler AZ area vet practices and hospitals.

What is the College's Reputation?  The veterinary trade school or college and program you select should have an excellent reputation within the veterinary field. You can initiate your due diligence by asking the colleges you are interested in for testimonials from the employers in their job placement network. Other suggestions include looking on online school rating websites and contacting the school's accrediting agencies as well. You can ask the Arizona school licensing department if there have been any grievances or infractions concerning your specific schools. As a final pointer, call some Chandler AZ veterinarians that you might wish to work for after you go through your training. Find out what they think of your school selections. They might even recommend one or more programs not on your list.

Are Internships Offered?  The best approach to obtain clinical hands on training as a vet tech is to work in a clinical setting. Find out if the programs you are looking at have internship programs established with Chandler AZ veterinarians, vet clinics or hospitals. Most veterinary medicine programs require clinical training and many furnish it by way of internships. Not only will the experience be valuable regarding the clinical training, but an internship may also help develop connections in the local veterinarian community and assist in the search for a position after graduation.

Is Job Placement Offered?  Searching for a job after graduating from a veterinary technician school can be difficult without the assistance of a job placement program. To start with, ask what the graduation rates are for the schools you are reviewing. A lower rate may signify that the teachers were unqualified to teach the course of study or that some students were dissatisfied with the program and dropped out. Next, check that the colleges have a job placement program and ask what their placement rates are. A high placement rate may indicate that the school has an exceptional reputation within the Chandler AZ vet community and has a considerable network of contacts for student placements. A lower rate may indicate that the training is not well thought of by employers or that the job assistance program is a failure at placing students.

How Big 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 Chandler AZ schools you are researching what their classroom teacher to student ratios are. You might also decide to participate in some classes (if practical) to observe the interaction between instructors and students. Ask for evaluations from students regarding the quality of instruction. Also, talk with the instructors and determine what their backgrounds are as well as their methods of teaching.

Where is the College Located?  Of course, we previously discussed location, but there are a couple of more points to consider on the topic. If you are planning to commute to your vet tech classes from your Chandler AZ home, you need 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, particularly if the campus is located near or in a large city. In addition, if you do decide to enroll in a college in another state or even outside of your County of residence, there may be higher tuition fees particularly for community and state colleges. On the other hand, taking online classes could be an alternative that will give you more flexibility and minimize the need for travel.

Is the Class Schedule Flexible?  And finally, it's important that you find out if the veterinary 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 go to classes on the weekends or at night near Chandler AZ. Some might only be able to go to classes in the morning or in the afternoon. Verify that the class times you require are offered prior to enrolling. Also, determine if you can make-up classes that you may miss due to illness, work or family issues. You may discover that an online school is the ideal way to fit your veterinary training into your hectic life.

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