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By now you should have decided on which veterinary credential that you would like to obtain, and if you prefer to study online or attend a college on campus. Since there are a large number of vet community colleges, vocational and trade schools in the Florence AZ area as well as across the United States, you need to ask some qualifying questions in order to fine tune your list of alternatives. As we mentioned in our introduction, many potential students start by concentrating on location and tuition expense. But we have already touched on other significant qualifiers, which include internship programs and accreditation. And naturally you need to select a program that offers the specialty and degree that you are interested in. These and other factors are reviewed in the checklist of questions that you should ask the veterinary technician programs that you are reviewing.

Is the Veterinary College Accredited?  It's essential that you confirm that the veterinary technician program you select is accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization. As previously mentioned, one of 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 rigorous review process that verifies you will receive a superior education. Also, accreditation is important if you are requesting a student loan or financial assistance, since many programs are not available for non-accredited programs. And finally, having a degree or certificate from an accredited school is in many cases a prerequisite for employment for a number of Florence AZ area vet clinics and hospitals.

What is the College's Reputation?  The veterinarian college or vocational school and program you enroll in should have an excellent reputation within the vet field. You can initiate your due diligence by asking the schools you are reviewing for endorsements from the employers in their job placement network. Other suggestions include checking with internet school ranking 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 concerning your targeted schools. As a final recommendation, get in touch with some Florence AZ veterinarians that you might wish to work for after you get your training. Find out what they think of your school choices. They may even suggest one or more colleges not on your list.

Are Internships Offered?  The best means to obtain clinical hands on training as a vet tech is to work in a professional environment. Ask if the schools you are considering have internship programs arranged with Florence AZ veterinarians, vet hospitals or clinics. The majority of veterinary medicine programs require practical training and a large number provide it by means of internships. Not only will the experience be invaluable as far as the practical training, but an internship may also help build connections in the local veterinarian community and help in the search for a position after graduation.

Is Job Assistance Offered?  Getting a job after graduating from a veterinary technician school can be difficult without the help of a job placement program. To start with, ask what the graduation rates are for the colleges you are evaluating. A low rate may mean that the teachers were unqualified to teach the syllabus or that a number of students were unhappy with the program and quit. Next, confirm that the colleges have a job placement program and find out what their placement rates are. A high placement rate may indicate that the college has an outstanding reputation within the Florence AZ veterinarian community and has a considerable network of contacts for student placements. A low rate may mean that the training is not well regarded by employers or that the job assistance program is ineffective at placing students.

How Large are the Classes?  If the classes are larger, you may receive little or no one-on-one instruction from the teachers. Find out from the Florence AZ schools you are looking at what their classroom student to teacher ratios are. You may also decide to attend a couple of classes (if practical) to observe the interaction between teachers and students. Ask for feedback from students concerning the quality of instruction. Also, speak with the teachers and find out what their backgrounds are as well as their methods of teaching.

Where is the College Located?  Of course, we previously talked about location, but there are a couple of more points to make on the topic. If you are going to commute to your vet tech classes from your Florence AZ home, you have to make certain 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 drive during rush hour traffic, especially if the college is located in or close by a larger city. In addition, if you do decide to attend 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. Of course taking online classes might be an alternative that will provide you with more flexibility and reduce the need for travel.

Is the Class Schedule Flexible?  And last, it's essential that you determine if the veterinary 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 Florence AZ. Others may only be able to attend classes in the morning or in the afternoon. Verify that the class times you require are offered before enrolling. In addition, find out if you can make-up classes that you might miss as a result of work, illness or family emergencies. You might discover that an online school is the best way to fit your veterinary education into your busy life.

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