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By now you should have decided on which veterinary credential that you want to earn, and if you prefer to study online or attend a school on campus. Since there are a large number of veterinarian community colleges, vocational and technical schools in the New River AZ area as well as across the Country, you need to ask some qualifying questions in order to fine tune your list of alternatives. As we pointed out in our introduction, many potential students start by prioritizing location and tuition expense. But we have previously pointed out other important qualifiers, for instance accreditation and internship programs. And of course you want to choose a program that offers the specialty and degree 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 reviewing.

Is the Veterinary College Accredited?  It's essential that you verify that the vet tech school you choose is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. As earlier mentioned, among the most highly respected is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Trade schools and colleges that are accredited by the AVMA have gone through a thorough screening process that confirms you will get a quality education. Also, accreditation is necessary 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 certificate or degree from an accredited college is frequently a requirement for employment for a number of New River AZ area vet practices and hospitals.

What is the Program's Reputation?  The veterinary trade school or college and program you enroll in must have an excellent reputation within the vet community. You can initiate your due diligence by asking the schools you are interested in for endorsements from the employers in their job assistance network. Other suggestions include checking with internet school ranking websites and speaking with the school's accrediting agencies as well. You can ask the Arizona school licensing authority if there have been any grievances or infractions involving your specific schools. As a final pointer, call some New River AZ vet clinics that you might want to work for after you receive your training. Find out what they think of your school selections. They may even suggest one or more colleges not on your list.

Are Internships Offered?  The best means to get clinical hands on experience as a vet tech is to work in a professional setting. Ask if the schools you are considering have internship programs arranged with New River AZ veterinarians, vet hospitals or practices. Almost all veterinary medicine programs mandate practical training and a large number furnish it by means of internships. Not only will the experience be beneficial relative to the clinical training, but an internship can also help build connections in the local vet community and aid in the search for employment after graduation.

Is Job Placement Offered?  Finding a job after graduating from a vet tech 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 might suggest that the instructors were unqualified to teach the syllabus or that a number of students were dissatisfied with the program and dropped out. Next, confirm 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 exceptional reputation within the New River AZ veterinary community and has a substantial network of contacts for student placements. A lower rate could signify that the training is not highly thought of by employers or that the job assistance program is ineffective at placing students.

How Large are the Classes?  If the classes are larger sized, you may receive little or no one-on-one instruction from the teachers. Find out from the New River AZ programs you are considering what their class student to teacher ratios are. You might also decide to attend a few classes (if practical) to observe the interaction between teachers and students. Get evaluations from students regarding 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 College Located?  Yes, we previously talked about location, but there are a few more points to consider on the subject. If you are going to commute to your vet tech classes from your New River AZ home, you must confirm that the driving 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. Also, if you do decide to attend a college in another state or even outside of your County of residence, there may be higher tuition charges particularly for state and community colleges. Of course taking classes online might be an option that will provide you with more flexibility and decrease the necessity for travel.

Is the Class Schedule Flexible?  And finally, it's important that you determine if the vet programs you are evaluating offer class times that are sufficiently flexible to accommodate your schedule. For example, a number of students continue to work full time and can only attend classes on the weekends or at night near New River AZ. Some might only be able to attend classes in the morning or later in the afternoon. Verify that the class times you need are available prior to enrolling. Also, find out if you can make-up classes that you may miss as a result of illness, work or family responsibilities. You may find that an online college is the ideal way to fit your veterinary training into your active life.

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