Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology Reviews
I was excited to go to this school. The training I received during my 2 year time there was great. BUT... before you enroll, please read the fine print. I was led to believe that Bel-Rea would help graduates find a job after graduation. Maybe I didn't utilize the school in the fullest extent, but Bel-Rea did not help me find a job. They also tell you that this field is in the higher paying range of the job industry. HMMMM... veterinarians will more likely hire people off of the street that claim they are a "vet tech" when they are NOT, and pay them more in some instances. And my student loans? Still not paid. After I graduated I made $7.50 per hour. I thought I would be proud to be a "vet tech" but mainly I'm just disappointed. At least my fur babies get good care at home.
Went to this school for 1 year. I went from being an amazing honor student to a C student. This school requires that it is your sole focus. It is a nightmare to work even part time at this school since they don't give you a lot of notice about mandatory outside of class events. I failed a class due to missing one day (because my best friend died and I went to her funeral. I had a hard time with that same class the quarter before so I was forced to retake it and pay an addition 250 per credit hour to retake it, which is absurd. So they put me on an academic 6 month probation for missing class for my dead friend. I asked the registrar if/how I can appeal the probation. She said she'd let me know when I can and then NEVER got back to me. The 2 week break came and I got a letter in the mail stating I was unenrolled from Bel-Rea. Then they blamed me for not appealing the probation and said it was too late to do so now. On top of that I was taking a class where a teacher was moving and she stopped teaching half way thru the quarter, I and a few other students went from a B to a D really fast and ended up failing it and they blamed it on us again. I am not typically a review writer and often I don't complain but this school only cares about making money and expects Bel-Rea to be your entire world for the entire 2 years. Don't go trust me, I was excited at first but they are truely horrible and a greedy organization. (btw they don't transfer credits to other vet tech schools)
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!