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At this point you probably have selected which veterinary credential that you want to attain, and if you want to study online or attend a college on campus. Since there are an abundance of veterinary community colleges, trade and vocational schools in the Phoenix AZ area and across the USA, you must ask some relevant questions in order to narrow down your list of alternatives. As we pointed out in our introduction, many potential students start by concentrating on location and tuition expense. But we have previously pointed out other important qualifiers, for example accreditation and internship programs. And naturally you need to select a college that offers the specialty and degree that you would like to earn. These and other qualifications are addressed in the list of questions that you need to ask the vet tech programs that you are looking at.

Is the Vet School Accredited?  It's imperative that you make sure that the vet tech college you select is accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization. As earlier stated, one of 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 review process that verifies you will obtain a superior education. Also, accreditation is important if you are applying for a student loan or financial assistance, since many programs are not available for non-accredited programs. Last, having a degree or certificate from an accredited school is often a prerequisite for employment for many Phoenix AZ area vet clinics and hospitals.

What is the Program's Reputation?  The veterinary college or vocational school and program you select must have an exceptional reputation within the veterinary community. You can begin your due diligence by asking the schools you are interested in for references from the employers in their job placement network. Other suggestions include checking with online school ranking websites and speaking with the school's accrediting agencies as well. You can ask the Arizona school licensing department if there have been any grievances or infractions involving your specific schools. As a final suggestion, contact some Phoenix AZ vet clinics that you might want to work for after you get your training. Find out what they think about your school choices. They might even suggest one or more programs not on your list.

Are Internships Offered?  The best approach to get practical hands on training as a vet tech is to work in a clinical environment. Find out if the schools you are looking at have internship programs arranged with Phoenix AZ veterinarians, vet clinics or hospitals. Almost all veterinary medicine programs require practical training and a large number furnish it by way of internships. Not only will the experience be invaluable regarding the clinical training, but an internship may also help build connections in the local veterinarian community and aid in the search for employment after graduation.

Is there a Job Assistance Program?  Searching for a job after graduating from a veterinary technician school can be challenging without the assistance of a job placement program. To start with, find out what the graduation rates are for the schools you are reviewing. A lower rate may signify that the instructors were ineffective at teaching the course of study or that some students were unhappy with the program and dropped out. Next, confirm that the schools have a job placement program and find out what their placement rates are. A higher placement rate could signify that the program has an exceptional reputation within the Phoenix AZ vet community and has a significant network of contacts for student placements. A low rate may mean that the training is not highly regarded by employers or that the job placement program is ineffective at placing students.

How Large are the Classes?  If the classes are larger, you probably will receive little or no one-on-one instruction from the teachers. Find out from the Phoenix AZ colleges you are considering what their class teacher to student ratios are. You may also decide to attend some classes (if practical) to observe the interaction between students and teachers. 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 methods of teaching.

Where is the College Located?  Okay, we already talked about location, but there are a couple of more points to make on the topic. If you are planning to commute to your veterinary technician classes from your Phoenix AZ home, you must make sure that the driving time is compatible with 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 school is located near or in a large city. In addition, if you do decide to enroll in 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 provide you with more flexibility and minimize the need for travel.

Is the Class Schedule Flexible?  And finally, it's important that you determine if the vet colleges you are looking at offer class times that are sufficiently flexible to fit your schedule. For instance, many students continue to work full time and can only go to classes on the weekends or at night near Phoenix AZ. Others may only be able to go to classes in the morning or in the afternoon. Make certain that the class times you need are offered before enrolling. Also, determine if you can make up classes that you may miss because of work, illness or family responsibilities. You might discover that an online school is the best solution to fit your vet training into your hectic life.

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