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Things to Ask Vet Tech Colleges
By now you probably have selected which veterinary degree that you would like to earn, and if you intend to study online or attend a program on campus. Since there are a large number of veterinarian community colleges, vocational and trade schools in the Marana AZ area as well as across the Country, you need to ask some qualifying questions in order to fine tune your list of options. As we discussed in our opening, many potential students start by focusing on location and tuition expense. But we have previously mentioned other essential qualifiers, for instance internship programs and accreditation. And obviously you need to choose a college that offers the specialty and degree that you are interested in. These and other qualifications are reviewed in the list of questions that you should ask the vet tech schools that you are looking at.
Is the Veterinary School Accredited? It's important that you confirm that the veterinary technician program you enroll in 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). Trade schools and colleges that are accredited by the AVMA have undergone a thorough review process that confirms you will get a superior education. Also, accreditation is essential if you are applying for a student loan or financial aid, since a large number of programs are not available for non-accredited schools. Last, having a degree or certificate from an accredited college is often a requirement for employment for many Marana AZ area veterinarian practices and hospitals.
What is the Program's Reputation? The veterinarian vocational school or college and program you select should have an outstanding reputation within the veterinary community. You can initiate your due diligence by asking the colleges you are looking at for testimonials from the employers in their job assistance network. Other suggestions include looking on internet school ranking websites and contacting the school's accrediting agencies as well. You can ask the Arizona school licensing department if there have been any complaints or infractions regarding your specific schools. As a final pointer, phone some Marana AZ vet clinics that you might want to work for after you receive your training. Find out what they think of your school choices. They might even suggest some programs not on your list.
Are there Internship Programs? The most effective approach to obtain clinical hands on training as a vet tech is to work in a professional setting. Find out if the colleges you are considering have internship programs arranged with Marana AZ veterinarians, vet hospitals or practices. Most veterinary medicine programs mandate clinical training and a large number provide it by way of internships. Not only will the experience be invaluable regarding the clinical training, but an internship can also help build connections in the local veterinary community and aid in the search for a job after graduation.
Is Job Assistance Provided? Finding a job after graduating from a vet tech college can be difficult without the assistance of a job placement program. To start with, ask what the graduation rates are for the colleges you are considering. A lower rate could indicate that the instructors were ineffective at teaching the course of study or that some students were unhappy with the program and dropped out. Next, verify that the colleges have a job placement program and ask what their placement rates are. A high placement rate could mean that the program has an outstanding reputation within the Marana AZ vet community and has a considerable network of contacts for student placements. A lower rate may mean that the training is not highly 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, you probably will receive little or no individualized instruction from the teachers. Request from the Marana AZ colleges you are considering what their classroom teacher to student ratios are. You might also want to attend some classes (if practical) to observe the interaction between students and instructors. Get evaluations from students relating to 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 talked about location, but there are a few more points to make on the topic. If you are going to drive to your vet tech classes from your Marana AZ home, you have to make certain that the driving time is compatible with 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, especially if the college is located in or close by a large city. Also, if you do decide to enroll in a school in another state or even outside of your County of residence, there may be higher tuition fees particularly for state and community colleges. On the other hand, attending online classes might be an option that will provide you with more flexibility and reduce the need for travel.
Is the Class Schedule Flexible? And finally, it's important that you ascertain if the veterinarian colleges you are exploring offer class times flexible enough 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 Marana AZ. Others may only be able to attend class in the morning or later in the afternoon. Confirm that the class times you require are offered prior to enrolling. Also, find out if you can make up classes that you may miss as a result of work, sickness or family emergencies. You might discover that an online school is the best way to fit your vet education into your active life.