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I decided to write because I was tired of the strange reviews on this site. I did not start my AAS here. I started with another distance learning program. It can be difficult to find an online program that has a high VTNE pass rate. Needless to say, I had a difficult time communicating with the instructors at the old school and felt that I was a number. I really wanted more help than I was getting there and my coworker was taking classes at SJC. I transferred after my second semester and many long conversations with Sherry in advising (I do not know why someone said she is the director, a Google search will tell you otherwise) I found her to be very helpful, as were the majority of my instructors. I spent 1 semester where I do not even think I spoke to the instructor (it was not that they were rude, just quiet). I do agree with the other person who did not care for the financial aid office because they seemed slow to react at times, but nothing that affected my schooling. I spent 3 years with the school (taking time off) and found that they were helpful, and caring, and actually took the time to know me. My one instructor reminded me when I almost missed a major exam deadline. I found that the work was very easy in the intro classes and then worked its way up so I could easily keep up and learn new things without panicking. I learned so many things and was able to improve my clinic based on what I had learned. I know some students do not like that you have to complete videos to complete the program, but you have to for any 100% distance learning program and, although filming took time, I did not find it difficult. I found the instructions were clear and I did not have any issues with them. I passed without failing any class in the program despite being worried I would fail something. Each instructor answered the many questions I had in a timely manner and did so thoroughly (my online BS program instructors only reply with a question to my question) In any case, I think you will honestly like the support at this school. I am proud to be a 2017 graduate!
I do not agree with the way financial aid handles academic progress appeals it takes to long for a answer. They only have one person deciding the out come of the appeals. I'm very disappointed with the financial aid department. I would not recommend this school
I would love to review San Juan College as I read extraordinary things about their vet tech program and was very excited to get accepted and start the process but unfortunately I won't be able to because I can't be a degree seeking student here. Apparently if you were homeschooled in a state that doesn't issue official diplomas, it doesn't matter if you got accepted to two universities, already have a bachelors degree, took extra classes on your own, and have clear evidence of "academic progress." No, you have to have some sort of official high school diploma or a GED, because a piece of paper explaining that I took Algebra 1 and 2 almost a decade ago is what shows I'm an adequate student. Honestly, the most annoying part was getting the same answer from admissions over and over again. I asked questions and tried to clarify things and all they would say is "we need an official transcript showing classes, grades, GPA, and signature of a school official." Is homeschooling really that hard to understand? Short version: they're way too rigid with their requirements and I refuse to pay $150 to get a GED just to prove I know basic concepts.
This school ranks as one of the best online vet tech degrees, but because of this, I believe they must have far too many students and they cannot handle it, leaving you without much help. Sherry the director of this program takes weeks to email you back, wont return your phone call after the initial one to get you enrolled. You have to schedule phone appointments weeks ahead of time because there is virtually none to help you figure out there very confusing enrollment process or answer any questions in a timely manner. The online classroom, and virtual campus in general is confusing to navigate. Nobody responded to the messages (note plural) I left with the bookstore in ample time to return my books, and when I finally got a hold of someone, they were extremely rude telling me that they did not receive any messages and sorry it was now too late to refund. I withdrew before I attended because they seem very disorganized and to no help at all. It was a waste of like eight months of my time plus $295 for the books that I will never get back, and I'm sure they do not care at all. I wonder how many others there are? Thanks S.!!!
I love this college, the advisors care so much! i am an online student but i feel as if i am sitting in class with everyone else because the advisors are so attentive and punctual to all my needs! Thank you San Juan College for all the help and for truly caring about your students!
The Vet Tech Distance Learning program is great at first, however, the last 10-15 units are very difficult. Dr. Wright mentioned that many students fail out of the video courses and are required to take them over again. The professor was not helpful at all and there is no remediation plan regardless of what the assignment paperwork states-- you will not be helped to come up with a solution when your veterinary practice doesn't do the type of procedure directly as stated in the video courses. The college is trying to meet full accreditation by Fall 2016 and unfortunately the student suffers. Furthermore, I was asked to do something unethical to get my tasks completed. I have already begun my transfer process to a more well-respected college at a brick and mortar school that has scheduled clinical hours at a teaching hospital.
This school did a great job when it came in enrolling in their college. However, every semester I had more and more problems with financial aid. This school has no communication between the staff members who work in the financial aid office. Also, every time you speak to someone in the office, you receive a different story about your account. This past semester, I left multiple messages for help figuring out what was going on with my financial aid and never received ONE phone call back. In the end, I ended up paying for classes out of my pocket- they must of been too busy messing up someone elses financial aid. Also they will unenroll you out of your classes even if they are the ones who are experiencing the problems with plugging in your financial aid correctly into their system- and anyone enrolled in the veterinary technician program knows all the classes are extremely competitive to get into.
I went here and everything was great in the beginning. Then I began to get further along and they don't help you find a place to intern but there are rigid requirements. Once I found a place, they told me that this place did not qualify for certain other classes. Clinics must be AAHA certified which few are and must do each thing in house. Forget the future when you are told that if you cant find a large animal practice in the city you have to fly across the country to attend a short program. I also had issues with class transfers. After 2 years i was still waiting for transfer credits to be approved. One of which they required i take in addition to the program. I was told i would have to wait or ask higher up. I contacted the director and the person at the top. No reply at all. Terrible and disorganized. Avoid! There are better schools.
San Juan is a great school. The admission team is very friendly and helped me plan out my future at San Juan.
I never had any technical issues or anything. The instructors were all very nice and willing to help in whatever capacity they could.
I would definitely recommend San Juan to anyone who wanted a degree in the veterinary field!