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At this point you probably have decided on which veterinarian degree that you would like to obtain, and if you prefer to study online or attend a program on campus. Since there are an abundance of veterinary community colleges, vocational and trade schools in the Holbrook AZ area and across the Country, you should ask some important questions to help fine tune your list of alternatives. As we pointed out in our introduction, many prospective students start by concentrating on location and the cost of tuition. But we have previously pointed out other important qualifiers, such as accreditation and internship programs. And of course you want to choose a program that offers the degree and specialty that you are interested in. These and other factors are addressed in the list of questions that you should ask the veterinary technician programs that you are looking at.

Is the Veterinary College Accredited?  It's imperative that you make sure that the veterinary technician program you select is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. As earlier stated, among the most highly regarded is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Trade schools and colleges that are accredited by the AVMA have gone through a demanding screening process that confirms you will receive a superior education. Also, accreditation is essential if you are requesting a student loan or financial assistance, since a large number of programs are not available for non-accredited schools. And finally, having a certificate or degree from an accredited college is in many cases a precondition for employment for a number of Holbrook AZ area veterinary clinics and hospitals.

What is the Program's Reputation?  The vet college or vocational school and program you choose should have an exceptional reputation within the vet community. You can initiate your due diligence by asking the schools you are interested in for references from the employers in their job assistance network. Other tips include looking on internet 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 grievances or infractions relating to your targeted schools. As a final recommendation, contact some Holbrook AZ veterinary clinics that you might want to work for after you get your training. Ask what they think of your school selections. They might even suggest some programs not on your list.

Are there Internship Programs?  The best way to get clinical hands on training as a vet tech is to work in a clinical setting. Ask if the colleges you are considering have internship programs arranged with Holbrook AZ veterinarians, vet clinics or hospitals. Most veterinary medicine programs mandate clinical training and many furnish it through internships. Not only will the experience be beneficial as far as the practical training, but an internship can also help establish relationships in the local veterinary community and assist in the search for a job after graduation.

Is Job Placement Provided?  Getting a job after graduating from a veterinary technician school can be challenging without the assistance of a job placement program. First, find out what the graduation rates are for the schools you are evaluating. A lower rate might mean that the teachers were unqualified to teach the syllabus or that a number of students were disappointed with the program and quit. Next, confirm that the schools have a job assistance program and ask what their placement rates are. A higher placement rate could mean that the school has an outstanding reputation within the Holbrook AZ vet community and has a considerable network of contacts for student placements. A lower rate may signify that the training is not well regarded by employers or that the job assistance 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 Holbrook AZ programs you are looking at what their class teacher to student ratios are. You might also want to sit in on some classes (if practical) to observe the interaction between teachers and students. Ask for evaluations from students relating to the quality of instruction. Also, speak with the instructors and find out what their backgrounds are as well as their approaches to teaching.

Where is the School Located?  Yes, we already discussed 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 Holbrook AZ home, you must confirm that the commuting time is compatible with your schedule. For instance, driving during the weekend to investigate the route won't be the same as the commute during rush hour traffic, especially if the school is located near or in a larger city. In addition, if you do decide to attend a college in another state or even outside of your County of residence, there may be higher tuition costs particularly for community and state colleges. On the other hand, taking classes online might be an alternative that will give you more flexibility and minimize the need for travel.

Is the Class Schedule Flexible?  And finally, it's essential that you find out if the veterinary colleges you are evaluating offer class times flexible enough to accommodate your schedule. For example, many students continue to work full time and can only attend classes on the weekends or at night near Holbrook AZ. Some may only be able to attend class in the morning or later in the afternoon. Confirm that the class times you need are available before enrolling. Also, find out if you can make up classes that you may miss because of work, sickness or family issues. You might find that an online school is the best solution to fit your veterinary education into your busy life.

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