Deciding between campus or online Vet Tech courses

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Equino in Cortlandt Manor, New York

48 months ago

I graduated in 1999 with a BS, have since been managing at various horse farms, and now would like to return to school to go for a VT license. I was looking at Penn Foster, but the comments here have scared me away. I will look into San Juan College. I had taken a course at Mercy College a few years ago before I realized I just didn't have the time to devote to my studies. How did you decide which to take, while having a job (and a mortgage to pay!)?

Also, anyone here attend Mercy in Dobbs Ferry, NY? I just can't decide which is the best route for me. Ideally, I could do online classes as well as on campus classes-I know I need a Biology and Bio-Chem class still, no idea how that would work online.

I'm still in the thought planning process, so ay advice is greatly appreciated!

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CindyRVT in Henderson, Texas

48 months ago

If at all possible, I would highly recommend that you go to an on-campus program. Vets tend to be more trusting of the education you recieve and you don't have to have a position at a veterinary facility in order to finish your degree.

I managed to work full-time and go to school full-time, but it requires having a job that is willing/able to work around your school schedule.

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Discouraged Future Tech in Long Beach, California

48 months ago

Sounds like an on-line program is considered inferior to an on-campus program, and some people may even think it is a waste of time and money. With San Juan College's distance learning program being so highly recommended, I am now beginning to question the whole point of it.

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Bud in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

47 months ago

You would probably have to get your bio and chem pre-requisites at a local community college. Online vet tech programs are nice for people who already have busy schedules - the hardest part is finding a clinical mentor that will let you complete the hands-on portion of the curiculum at their practice. Here's a pretty good blog post about finding a clinical mentor: www.veterinary-technician.net/2010/02/03/online-vet-tech-programvi-advce-finding-a-clinical-mentor/

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Bonifay in Virginia Beach, Virginia

47 months ago

All the information is very helpful so far. I was wondering why San Juan College is much cheaper than other schools? I have been enrolled in two different community colleges one in Corpus Christi, Texas with an in-state tuition of $140.00. The other school is located in Virginia Beach, VA with the in-state tuition of $280.00 per semester hour. I want to go to a good school and I feel that San Juan's tuition is too good to be true with out-of-state tuition being $70.00 per semester hour. I am very interested to attend this school. Has any one here attended San Juan College? Your imput would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Bonifay

PS I am hoping to start in the Fall 2010.

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CindyRVT in Henderson, Texas

47 months ago

Bonifay,
I haven't asked Dr. Wright (the DVM who is in charge of San Juan's vet tech program) why the tuition is so much lower but I can assure you that the staff at San Juan are good and determined to turn out well-educated graduates. Dr. Wright was the director of the on-site program I attended in Texas many years ago and his two technicians were on staff there.

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