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At this point you should have determined which veterinary degree that you want to obtain, and if you intend to study online or attend a program on campus. Since there are a large number of vet community colleges, technical and vocational schools in the Laveen AZ area and across the Country, you must ask some qualifying questions to help fine tune your list of alternatives. As we mentioned in our opening, many future students start by focusing on location and tuition expense. But we have previously pointed out other significant qualifiers, for instance accreditation and internship programs. And of course you want to enroll in a program that offers the degree and specialty that you are interested in. These and other factors are covered in the checklist of questions that you should ask the vet tech colleges that you are considering.

Is the Veterinary School Accredited?  It's essential that you make sure that the vet tech school you choose is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. As previously discussed, one of the most highly regarded is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Vocational schools and colleges that are accredited by the AVMA have undergone a rigorous review process that verifies you will obtain a superior education. Also, accreditation is essential if you are requesting a student loan or financial assistance, since many programs are not offered for non-accredited schools. Last, having a degree or certificate from an accredited school is often a precondition for employment for a number of Laveen AZ area vet clinics and hospitals.

What is the College's Reputation?  The vet trade school or college and program you enroll in must have an excellent reputation within the veterinarian community. You can initiate your due diligence by asking the schools you are interested in for references from the employers in their job placement network. Other pointers include looking on internet school rating websites and speaking with the school's accrediting agencies as well. You can ask the Arizona school licensing authority if there have been any complaints or infractions relating to your targeted schools. As a final tip, call some Laveen AZ veterinary clinics that you may wish to work for after you receive your training. Ask what they think of your school choices. They may even recommend one or more schools not on your list.

Are Internships Offered?  The most effective means to obtain practical hands on experience as a vet tech is to work in a medical setting. Find out if the colleges you are considering have internship programs arranged with Laveen AZ veterinarians, vet hospitals or clinics. Most veterinary medicine programs mandate practical training and a large number furnish it through internships. Not only will the experience be beneficial relative to the practical training, but an internship may also help establish associations in the local veterinary community and assist in the search for employment after graduation.

Is Job Assistance Offered?  Finding a job after graduating from a veterinary technician school can be difficult without the assistance of a job placement program. To begin with, find out what the graduation rates are for the programs you are reviewing. A lower rate may indicate that the teachers were ineffective at teaching the curriculum or that a number of students were disappointed with the program and dropped out. Next, check that the colleges have a job assistance program and ask what their placement rates are. A higher placement rate may mean that the college has an excellent reputation within the Laveen AZ veterinarian community and has a substantial network of contacts for student placements. A lower rate may signify that the training is not well 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 sized, you probably will receive little or no individualized instruction from the teachers. Request from the Laveen AZ programs you are looking at what their class teacher to student ratios are. You may also want to participate in a few classes (if practical) to monitor the interaction between students and teachers. Ask for evaluations from students regarding the quality of instruction. Also, talk with the instructors and determine what their qualifications are as well as their methods of teaching.

Where is the School Located?  Yes, we already talked about location, but there are a couple of more points to consider on the subject. If you are planning to drive to your veterinary technician classes from your Laveen AZ home, you need to make certain that the driving time fits into your schedule. For example, driving during the weekend to check out the route won't be the same as the commute during rush hour traffic, particularly if the college is located close by or within a larger city. Also, 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 community and state colleges. On the other hand, taking online classes may be an alternative that will give you more flexibility and decrease the necessity for travel.

Do the Classes Fit Your Schedule?  And finally, it's important that you determine if the vet colleges you are exploring offer class times that are sufficiently flexible to fit your schedule. For example, many students continue to work full time and can only go to classes on the weekends or at night near Laveen AZ. Others might only be able to go to class in the morning or in the afternoon. Confirm that the class times you need are offered prior to enrolling. Also, find out if you can make-up classes that you might miss due to sickness, work or family emergencies. You might find that an online school is the ideal solution to fit your veterinary education into your active life.

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