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By now you should have determined which veterinarian degree that you would like to earn, and if you intend to study online or attend a school on campus. Since there are a large number of veterinarian community colleges, technical and vocational schools in the El Mirage AZ area and across the USA, you should ask some important questions in order to fine tune your list of options. As we mentioned in our introduction, many potential students start by concentrating on location and the cost of tuition. But we have previously pointed out other essential qualifiers, for instance internship programs and accreditation. And of course you want to enroll in a college that offers the degree and specialty that you are interested in. These and other factors are addressed in the list of questions that you need to ask the vet tech schools that you are considering.

Is the Vet Program Accredited?  It's imperative that you make sure that the vet tech program you enroll in is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. As earlier discussed, one of the most highly regarded is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Trade schools and colleges that are accredited by the AVMA have undergone an extensive review process that confirms you will receive a superior education. Also, accreditation is important if you are applying for a student loan or financial assistance, since many programs are not obtainable for non-accredited colleges. Last, having a certificate or degree from an accredited college is in many cases a precondition for employment for a number of El Mirage AZ area veterinarian clinics and hospitals.

What is the School's Reputation?  The veterinary vocational school or college and program you select must have an exceptional reputation within the veterinarian field. You can initiate your due diligence by asking the schools you are interested in for testimonials from the employers in their job assistance network. Other pointers include checking with 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 complaints or violations relating to your specific schools. As a final pointer, get in touch with some El Mirage AZ veterinarians that you might wish to work for after you get your training. Find out what they think of your school selections. They may even suggest some schools not on your list.

Are Internships Offered?  The best way to get clinical hands on experience as a vet tech is to work in a clinical environment. Find out if the colleges you are considering have internship programs arranged with El Mirage AZ veterinarians, vet practices or hospitals. Almost all veterinary medicine programs mandate clinical training and many provide it by means of internships. Not only will the experience be valuable relative to the clinical training, but an internship may also help develop relationships 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 veterinary technician school may be difficult without the help of a job placement program. To start with, find out what the graduation rates are for the colleges you are evaluating. A lower rate may mean that the teachers were unqualified to teach the syllabus or that a number of students were unhappy with the program and dropped out. Next, check that the schools have a job assistance program and find out what their placement rates are. A high placement rate could signify that the college has an excellent reputation within the El Mirage AZ vet community and has a considerable network of contacts for student placements. A low rate might indicate that the training is not highly thought of by employers or that the job placement 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 individualized instruction from the teachers. Request from the El Mirage AZ programs you are looking at what their class student to teacher ratios are. You might also want to participate in a couple of classes (if practical) to observe the interaction between instructors and students. Ask for evaluations from students relating to the quality of instruction. Also, talk with the teachers and find out what their backgrounds are as well as their approaches to teaching.

Where is the School Located?  Okay, we already discussed location, but there are a couple of more points to make on the subject. If you are planning to commute to your vet tech classes from your El Mirage AZ home, you have to make certain that the commuting time fits into your schedule. For example, driving during the weekend to investigate the route won't be the same as the drive during rush hour traffic, especially if the school is located near or in a large city. Also, if you do choose to enroll in a school in another state or even outside of your County of residence, there may be increased tuition fees particularly for community and state colleges. On the other hand, taking classes online might be an alternative that will provide you with more flexibility and decrease the need for travel.

Do the Classes Fit Your Schedule?  And finally, it's imperative that you find out if the veterinary schools you are considering offer class times that are sufficiently flexible to accommodate your schedule. For example, many students continue working full time and can only attend classes on the weekends or at night near El Mirage AZ. Others may only be able to attend class in the morning or later in the afternoon. Verify that the class times you need are available before enrolling. In addition, find out if you can make-up classes that you may miss because of illness, work or family issues. You might discover that an online school is the best solution to fit your vet education into your busy life.

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