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At this point you should have determined which veterinarian credential that you would like to attain, and if you intend to study online or attend a school on campus. Since there are a large number of veterinary community colleges, vocational and trade schools in the Glendale AZ area and across the United States, you need to ask some relevant questions in order to fine tune your list of options. As we pointed out in our introduction, many potential students start by concentrating on location and tuition expense. But we have previously touched on other essential qualifiers, which include internship programs and accreditation. And obviously you want to select a program that offers the degree and specialty that you are interested in. These and other qualifications are reviewed in the checklist of questions that you should ask the vet tech programs that you are looking at.

Is the Veterinary College Accredited?  It's imperative that you verify that the veterinary technician college you enroll in is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. As earlier discussed, 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 thorough screening process that ensures you will obtain a quality education. Also, accreditation is necessary if you are requesting a student loan or financial aid, since numerous programs are not offered for non-accredited programs. And finally, having a certificate or degree from an accredited program is often a requirement for employment for a number of Glendale AZ area vet practices and hospitals.

What is the School's Reputation?  The veterinarian trade school or college and program you enroll in should have an outstanding reputation within the veterinarian field. You can start your due diligence by asking the colleges you are reviewing for references from the employers in their job assistance network. Other suggestions include looking on internet school rating websites and checking with the school's accrediting organizations as well. You can ask the Arizona school licensing authority if there have been any complaints or infractions relating to your specific schools. As a final suggestion, call some Glendale AZ veterinarians that you may wish to work for after you go through your training. Ask what they think about your school choices. They might even recommend some programs not on your list.

Are Internships Offered?  The most effective way to get clinical hands on experience as a vet tech is to work in a medical environment. Ask if the schools you are considering have internship programs established with Glendale AZ veterinarians, vet clinics or hospitals. The majority of veterinary medicine programs require clinical training and a large number furnish it by means of internships. Not only will the experience be valuable as far as the practical training, but an internship can also help develop connections in the local veterinary community and assist in the search for a position after graduation.

Is Job Assistance Provided?  Getting a job after graduating from a veterinary technician school can be challenging without the help of a job placement program. To begin with, find out what the graduation rates are for the schools you are reviewing. A lower rate might suggest that the teachers were ineffective at teaching the syllabus or that some students were unhappy with the program and quit. Next, confirm that the schools have a job assistance program and ask what their placement rates are. A high placement rate could indicate that the college has an exceptional reputation within the Glendale AZ veterinary community and has a substantial network of contacts for student placements. A low rate might mean 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 in size, you may get little or no individualized instruction from the teachers. Request from the Glendale AZ schools you are looking at what their class teacher to student ratios are. You may also decide to sit in on a couple of classes (if practical) to monitor the interaction between students and instructors. Get evaluations from students regarding the quality of instruction. Also, speak with the teachers and determine what their backgrounds are as well as their methods of teaching.

Where is the College Located?  Okay, we already talked about location, but there are a few more points to consider on the topic. If you are planning to drive to your veterinary technician classes from your Glendale AZ home, you have to make sure that the commuting time fits into your schedule. For instance, 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 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 costs especially for community and state colleges. On the other hand, attending online classes could be an option that will give you more flexibility and minimize the need for travel.

Do the Classes Fit Your Schedule?  And last, it's essential that you determine if the vet schools you are exploring offer class times flexible enough to fit your schedule. For example, many students continue to work full time and can only attend classes on the weekends or at night near Glendale AZ. Others 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. Also, determine if you can make-up classes that you might miss due to illness, work or family responsibilities. You might discover that an online college is the ideal way to fit your vet education into your hectic life.

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