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Question #48:
  • My daughter has dyslexia and dysgraphia. She is a senior, completing her GED and taking a BOCES conservation course this year. She would like to become a veterinary technician. Should she apply to Landmark College, or should she attend a supportive two year school? (courtesy Janice M. Kenefick, Saquoit, NY)
Answer #48:
  • Without seeing your daughter's records and knowing the range of her academic strengths and weaknesses, it is a bit difficult for me to answer, but I will try to give you a general response.
    The program at Landmark College would train her to advocate for herself in a liberal arts or technical college environment. If you believe, however, that she already has the skills which she will need to get through an A.A. veterinary technician program, then she probably does not need to invest the time and money refining her reading comprehension and writing skills at Landmark.
    There are a number of excellent two year veterinary technician programs available which can train your daughter for various aspects of work in that environment. Instead of going to Landmark first, she would probably learn more and develop a better source of recommendations and support by interning at a veterinary clinic for a while. If she truly is a hands-on person, Landmark probably won't help her significantly if she really wants to pursue a vet tech career.
    The BOCES program should be able to help you evaluate her capabilities and interests.
    It is also important to take into consideration her maturity, level of intelligence, and personal interests. Is your daughter ready to spend time socially with students who are preparing for college? Would her interests and social pursuits be better served in a college-like environment or in a smaller, pre-professional setting?
    Examine the options carefully, mix in the qualities of your daughter's personality and capabilities, and you will probably be able to make the best choice for her.
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