As of 2013 there are 9 educational institutions that have been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to provide online veterinary technician programs, also referred to as “distance learning” programs. Just like everything in life, there are pros and cons to attending classes in an online setting. Here we will discuss some of the benefits of participating in an online veterinary technician program.
Benefits of Online Veterinary Technician Programs
There are many reasons that students choose to participate in online veterinary technician programs rather than attend courses on a college campus.
- No local colleges available
- More flexible class hours
- Take courses from the comfort of your home
- More affordable
Flexible Class Hours
If you work or have a family, adding a full-time class schedule may be impossible. This is especially true if going to school creates problems with traveling and child care. With online veterinary technician programs, courses are usually self-taught. Meaning, you follow online coursework and take exams at your own leisure. There are usually several times when you must be available at a certain time (orientation, final exams, etc.), but online courses are usually much more flexible with the hours you need to be “attending” class.
Take Classes From Home
When you see advertisements on television, this is the most promoted benefit for online courses. The “get a degree in your pajamas” idea has become very popular with the younger generation. It’s not only a marketing technique, it’s true. An online veterinary technician program allows you to take classes from the comfort of your home, or anywhere you have an internet connection. In some areas you may not need full-time access to the internet because classes may be broadcast on local television.
More Affordable Classes
Most public schools and community colleges have tuition rates that are governed by law. This may make high tuition rates inescapable. Most online veterinary technician programs are provided by private companies. Since online courses have much less overhead (no staff, classroom, etc.), they can reduce the fees and tuition rates, according to their business costs. Sometimes you can access reading material directly online and avoid paying for text books. This can sometimes save thousands of dollars over the course of your degree.
No Local Colleges Available
This isn’t really a benefit. It’s more like a circumstance that forces you to utilize online education. If you live in a rural area, chances are that you don’t have quick access to many schools or colleges that can provide veterinary technician certification. Even if you live in an urban/developed area, there may not be an accredited college nearby. For many students, online veterinary technician programs are the only choice.