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By now you probably have decided on which veterinary credential that you wish to attain, and if you prefer to study online or attend a college on campus. Since there are a large number of veterinarian community colleges, vocational and technical schools in the Globe AZ area as well as across the United States, you should ask some important questions to help narrow down your list of alternatives. As we discussed in our opening, many prospective students start by concentrating on location and tuition expense. But we have previously pointed out other significant qualifiers, which include accreditation and internship programs. And of course you want to choose a program that offers the degree and specialty that you want to earn. These and other factors are addressed in the checklist of questions that you should ask the veterinary technician schools that you are looking at.

Is the Veterinary School Accredited?  It's imperative that you verify that the veterinary technician school you enroll in is accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization. As earlier mentioned, one of 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 ensures you will obtain a quality education. Also, accreditation is necessary if you are applying for a student loan or financial aid, since a large number of programs are not available for non-accredited schools. And finally, having a degree or certificate from an accredited college is frequently a prerequisite for employment for many Globe AZ area vet practices and hospitals.

What is the School's Reputation?  The veterinarian vocational school or college and program you choose must have an outstanding reputation within the veterinary 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 looking on 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 complaints or infractions involving your targeted schools. As a final pointer, get in touch with some Globe AZ veterinary clinics that you might want to work for after you receive your training. Ask what they think about your school selections. They may even suggest one or more schools not on your list.

Are there Internship Programs?  The most effective means to obtain clinical hands on training as a vet tech is to work in a professional setting. Ask if the schools you are reviewing have internship programs arranged with Globe AZ veterinarians, vet hospitals or practices. Most veterinary medicine programs mandate clinical training and many furnish it by means of internships. Not only will the experience be invaluable regarding the clinical training, but an internship may also help develop relationships in the local veterinary community and aid in the search for a job after graduation.

Is Job Placement Provided?  Searching for a job after graduating from a vet tech school may be difficult without the assistance of a job placement program. First, ask what the graduation rates are for the programs you are evaluating. A low rate could mean that the teachers were unqualified to teach the course of study or that some students were unhappy with the program and quit. Next, check that the schools have a job placement program and ask what their placement rates are. A high placement rate may indicate that the college has an outstanding reputation within the Globe AZ vet community and has a significant network of contacts for student placements. A low rate might mean that the training is not well regarded by employers or that the job placement program is ineffective at placing students.

How Large are the Classes?  If the classes are bigger, you most likely will receive little or no individualized instruction from the teachers. Solicit from the Globe AZ schools you are looking at what their classroom student to teacher ratios are. You might also want to sit in on a couple of classes (if practical) to observe the interaction between students and teachers. Ask for evaluations from students regarding the quality of instruction. Also, talk with the teachers and determine what their qualifications are as well as their methods of teaching.

Where is the Campus Located?  Okay, we previously covered location, but there are several more points to consider on the topic. If you are going to commute to your veterinary technician classes from your Globe AZ home, you need to make certain that the commuting time fits into your schedule. For instance, driving during the weekend to check out the route won't be the same as the commute during rush hour traffic, especially if the school is located close by or within a large 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 higher tuition costs particularly for state and community colleges. Of course attending online classes 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 important that you determine if the veterinarian schools you are looking at offer class times flexible enough to fit your schedule. For example, a number of students continue to work full time and can only attend classes on the weekends or in the evenings near Globe AZ. Others may only be able to attend class in the morning or in the afternoon. Confirm that the class times you need are available prior to enrolling. In addition, determine if you can make-up classes that you may miss due to sickness, work or family issues. You might find that an online college is the ideal way to fit your vet education into your active life.

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