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At this point you should have decided on which veterinarian degree that you want to obtain, and if you want to study online or attend a program on campus. Since there are a large number of veterinarian community colleges, trade and vocational schools in the Kingman AZ area as well as across the USA, you should ask some relevant questions to help fine tune your list of alternatives. As we pointed out in our introduction, many potential students start by focusing on location and tuition expense. But we have already touched on other essential qualifiers, such as internship programs and accreditation. And naturally you want to select a school that offers the degree and specialty that you would like to earn. These and other qualifications are reviewed in the checklist of questions that you need to ask the vet tech schools that you are looking at.

Is the Veterinary Program Accredited?  It's important that you make sure that the vet tech program you select is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. As previously stated, 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 an extensive review process that verifies you will obtain a quality education. Also, accreditation is necessary if you are applying for 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 program is in many cases a prerequisite for employment for a number of Kingman AZ area veterinary practices and hospitals.

What is the College's Reputation?  The vet vocational school or college and program you choose should have an excellent reputation within the veterinary field. You can begin your due diligence by asking the colleges you are interested in for endorsements from the employers in their job assistance network. Other suggestions include checking with online school ranking websites and checking 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 tip, call some Kingman AZ veterinary clinics that you may wish to work for after you receive your training. Find out what they think of your school choices. They may even recommend one or more schools not on your list.

Are there Internship Programs?  The best way to obtain practical hands on experience as a vet tech is to work in a professional environment. Find out if the programs you are reviewing have internship programs arranged with Kingman AZ veterinarians, vet hospitals or clinics. Almost all veterinary medicine programs require practical training and many provide it by way of internships. Not only will the experience be beneficial relative to the practical training, but an internship may also help develop associations in the local veterinary community and aid in the search for employment after graduation.

Is there a Job Assistance Program?  Finding a job after graduating from a veterinary technician college can be difficult without the assistance of a job placement program. First, find out what the graduation rates are for the schools you are considering. A lower rate could mean that the teachers were unqualified to teach the course of study or that a number of students were disappointed with the program and dropped out. Next, check that the schools have a job placement program and ask what their placement rates are. A high placement rate could signify that the program has an outstanding reputation within the Kingman AZ veterinary community and has a substantial network of contacts for student placements. A low rate might signify that the training is not well thought of by employers or that the job assistance program is a failure at placing students.

How Large are the Classes?  If the classes are larger, you most likely will get little or no individualized instruction from the teachers. Solicit from the Kingman AZ schools you are considering what their class student to teacher ratios are. You may also decide to attend some classes (if practical) to monitor the interaction between students and teachers. Get feedback from students regarding the quality of instruction. Also, speak with the teachers and determine what their backgrounds are as well as their approaches to teaching.

Where is the College Located?  Of course, we previously covered location, but there are a couple of more points to make on the subject. If you are going to drive to your veterinary technician classes from your Kingman AZ home, you need to make sure that the commuting 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 school is located close by or within 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. Of course attending online classes may be an alternative that will give you more flexibility and decrease the need for travel.

Do the Classes Fit Your Schedule?  And last, it's important that you find out if the vet colleges you are evaluating offer class times that are sufficiently flexible to fit your schedule. For example, a number of students continue to work full time and can only go to classes on the weekends or in the evenings near Kingman AZ. Some may only be able to attend classes in the morning or in the afternoon. Verify that the class times you require are available prior to enrolling. Also, determine if you can make-up classes that you may miss because of work, illness or family issues. You may find that an online college is the ideal way to fit your veterinary education into your hectic life.

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