Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (2)
The once top 10 school in the country for veterinary technician training has become, another just for profit school IMO. The school is on the smaller size, built inside an old ranch house. The size would not be an issue but they allow more and more people attend every semester and sometimes it feels impossible to maneuver around the hallways. There is parking in the back of the school, but this parking is minimal, and unless you get to the building super early (before 6am) or have a later class good luck finding parking. I lived 2 miles from the school and decided to walk every day knowing I would have to park a mile away anyway. The school has no on campus housing, your required to rent of campus. The school does try to do a good job in handing out information on local apartments. I meet some lifelong friends in college, but for the majority of the time I felt like I was back in high school with all the drama. The sad part is most of my classmates were in there 30s and 40s. The worst part of the school is if you spend a semester or two youre locked in to pay the full amount of the tuition, which is close to about 28k for a 2 year degree. So makes sure this career or school is for you because you will feel trapped. The material is good information; you will learn and be prepared to enter the field. With many community colleges offering veterinary technician programs these days at of the cost of a school like bel-rea, I strongly recommend you do not choose this school/program. I graduated in 2012 with my degree and I am currently working in the top of my field so I am not just another bitter reviewer that has a grudge.
Hi! I chose to go to Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Aurora, Colorado, because they were able to provide a lot of hands on experience on campus, instead of having to commute to different clinics, shelters, etc. We did had to do extra volunteering hours (which is great for you!), but I confess it was a little hard to fit everything we had to accomplish since I kept my full time job (40 hours a week). The teachers present the lecture extremely well, and they give you all the tools for further reading and better understanding of the topic. I was also a TA (Teacher's Assistant), and by helping others with their struggles, also helped me to review the content and be sharp for the boards test! English is my second language, and I believe if I did it, anybody can do it too. I completed the program in 27 months, and it was perfect for me!