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At this point you probably have decided on which veterinary credential that you wish to obtain, and if you prefer to study online or attend a program on campus. Since there are a large number of veterinary community colleges, vocational and trade schools in the Green Valley AZ area as well as across the Country, you need to ask some relevant questions in order to narrow down your list of alternatives. As we mentioned in our opening, many prospective students start by prioritizing location and tuition expense. But we have previously touched on other important qualifiers, such as internship programs and accreditation. And obviously you need to select a college that offers the degree and specialty that you want to earn. These and other qualifications are reviewed in the list of questions that you need to ask the veterinary technician colleges that you are reviewing.

Is the Vet School Accredited?  It's imperative that you confirm that the vet tech school you select is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. As previously discussed, among the most highly respected is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Trade schools and colleges that are accredited by the AVMA have undergone a rigorous review process that confirms you will obtain a superior education. Also, accreditation is important if you are requesting a student loan or financial assistance, since a large number of programs are not available for non-accredited colleges. Last, having a degree or certificate from an accredited program is in many cases a precondition for employment for many Green Valley AZ area vet clinics and hospitals.

What is the School's Reputation?  The veterinarian college or vocational school and program you enroll in should have an excellent reputation within the veterinarian community. You can begin your due diligence by asking the schools you are looking at for endorsements from the employers in their job placement network. Other suggestions include checking with online school ranking websites and speaking with the school's accrediting organizations as well. You can ask the Arizona school licensing authority if there have been any complaints or violations relating to your targeted schools. As a final tip, get in touch with some Green Valley AZ veterinary clinics that you may want to work for after you receive your training. Ask what they think of your school selections. They might even recommend one or more schools not on your list.

Are there Internship Programs?  The best way to get practical hands on experience as a vet tech is to work in a professional environment. Find out if the colleges you are reviewing have internship programs arranged with Green Valley AZ veterinarians, vet clinics or hospitals. Most veterinary medicine programs mandate clinical training and many furnish it by means of internships. Not only will the experience be beneficial as far as the practical training, but an internship can also help establish connections in the local vet community and help in the search for a job after graduation.

Is there a Job Assistance Program?  Searching for a job after graduating from a veterinary technician school can be difficult without the help of a job placement program. First, ask what the graduation rates are for the colleges you are reviewing. A lower rate might suggest that the instructors were unqualified to teach the curriculum or that some students were unhappy with the program and quit. Next, check that the colleges have a job placement program and ask what their placement rates are. A higher placement rate might signify that the college has an excellent reputation within the Green Valley AZ veterinary community and has a considerable network of contacts for student placements. A low rate could signify that the training is not well thought of by employers or that the job placement program is a failure at placing students.

How Big are the Classes?  If the classes are larger sized, you probably will receive little or no individualized instruction from the teachers. Request from the Green Valley AZ colleges you are researching what their class teacher to student ratios are. You might also decide to attend a few classes (if practical) to monitor the interaction between teachers and students. Get evaluations from students concerning the quality of instruction. Also, talk with the teachers and determine what their backgrounds are as well as their approaches to teaching.

Where is the School Located?  Yes, we previously discussed location, but there are several more points to consider on the subject. If you are going to commute to your veterinary technician classes from your Green Valley AZ home, you need to make sure that the driving time fits into your schedule. For instance, driving during the weekend to check out the route won't be the same as the drive during rush hour traffic, particularly if the campus is located close by or within a large city. In addition, if you do opt to enroll in a college in another state or even outside of your County of residence, there may be increased tuition costs particularly for state and community colleges. Of course taking online classes might be an alternative that will provide you with more flexibility and decrease the necessity for travel.

Do the Classes Fit Your Schedule?  And last, it's important that you find out if the vet colleges you are exploring offer class times that are sufficiently flexible to fit your schedule. For instance, many students continue to work full time and can only go to classes on the weekends or at night near Green Valley AZ. Others might only be able to attend classes in the morning or later in the afternoon. Make certain that the class times you require are offered prior to enrolling. Also, determine if you can make-up classes that you might miss because of work, illness or family issues. You might discover that an online college is the ideal way to fit your vet training into your hectic life.

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