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Looking for the BEST school with everything included in tuition?? Please help

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by nb9094, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. Hello, I'm looking to take a Taxidermy class so I can start on my own, but every school tells how great they are which kind of makes the choice a hard one. Some that sound good say you have to pay for the capes and mounts, or forms separate. Some that include lodging and meals sound like they would be to short to get every thing in I would need to know in the short amount of time. I'm looking for a school that includes lodging and meal along with the capes, hides, fish, forms and what ever else needed all in one tuition price. I do understand that if I want to mount something like a Wildebeest or a life size Jackalope that would probably have to pay more.
    Thank you,
    Neil Buck
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Re: Looking for the BEST school with everything included in tuition??

    I'm not sure you are going to find exactly what you want. Just pick a good school and call them and discuss the price of capes and antlers or skins that you want. Add that to your tuition and pay it all at once.
    If I were to go back in time I would check out Troy Rose and still to this day considering checking into some advanced instruction.
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  3. Re: Looking for the BEST school with everything included in tuition??

    which ones would you say the top schools? I want it all.
  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    I cannot say but look at the work they put out as well as their past students. If you find it appealing than check em out.
  5. twinrivers

    twinrivers Active Member

    Kindred Spirits School of Taxidermy in West Burlington, Iowa. Teach everything you need to know, to include tanning and advanced habitat construction. Also have on-site housing. If your a vet they are an approved school through the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehab program. Very great environment, very personable staff, and excellent one on one instruction. You also leave with the basics of tools to be able to start off on your own.
  6. Thanks Twinrivers, and yes, I'm 100% disabled vet.
  7. Bill Dishman

    Bill Dishman Well-Known Member

    If your eligible for chapter 33/ post 911 benefits at the 100% level, you are covered by the VA.
    Being 100% disabled, VA Voc Rehab will cover all your costs. Either way, it wont cost you anything.
  8. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    Of course every school is going to tell you they are the best! They want your tuition money. The "BEST" is a matter of opinion. Make a list of potential schools and see which one meets your idea of what you want to accomplish. Get the names of students who attended their course a year or more ago and contact them. Once they opened a shop or went to work for someone else ask them what they liked about the course and any voids they thought the school needs improvement on. Whoever you choose good luck to you.

  9. I just found out I had one year left to use my GI Bill. (Maybe longer, Togus VA told me last week that Trump had just signed a forever bill.) I went to the VA last year to find out what I needed to do to use my GI Bill for this school. They told me it had expired, maybe Voc Rehab could help. When I talked to Voc Rehab last year they told me it was next to impossible to use it if you were going to work for your self. I would need a business plan and ect. I don't remember all she said, once she said next to impossible I stopped listening. I was unsure about Post 911. Got out after 911, but before Post 911 GI Bill came around. I went in last week just to find out when it did expire. They told me I still Had a year to use it and the new bill Trump signed hadn't made it to them yet....So not sure what to believe until I see it in writing.
    Thanks to everyone for responding,
    Neil M Buck
  10. Bill Dishman

    Bill Dishman Well-Known Member

    Your first step is to go to www.gibill.va.gov and click on "Apply for Benefits"
    After your application has been processed; you will receive a letter of eligibility from the VA.
    That will tell you, in writing, how many months of benefits that you have left.
  11. twinrivers

    twinrivers Active Member

    I did not use my GI Bill for the taxidermy training; rather I used it for college years ago and gave any remaining to my daughter. I strictly used the Vocational Rehab for my training. Covered the total cost of tuition and housing plus standard start up tools. In all actuality JoAnne at the school would be able to get you the paperwork and have it sent in for your schooling. As long as you are eligible for VA Vocational Rehab she will handle the details of it all from what I remember. It is worth the phone call. Tell her I referred you; Jeff Bittner at Twin Rivers Taxidermy in Iowa. Best decision I ever made. There are other great schools out there, I am not saying that. What I am saying is that when I was researching this from Baghdad, Iraq I made my decision to enroll here with no regrets. Best of luck.
  12. hunter199

    hunter199 New Member

    While I can't comment on the quality of instruction at Kindred Spirit Taxidermy yet, I can say JoAnne has been great to work with while I have been getting set up with the VA. I will be starting class in January and she has helped me get ready. As soon as I got my Certificate of Eligibility back from the VA and sent to JoAnne, she was able to get the next set of VA paperwork filled out and filed in two days! I was very impressed in the turnaround time. Now I'm just waiting on the final VA approval. I can't wait. I hope to see you in class in a few months!
  13. jbtaxidermy

    jbtaxidermy New Member

  14. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Thank you for your service, I’m not sure how it works, but be very careful opening a business with your 100% status thru the VA you don’t need them trying to pull or lower your percentage cause you are working or have a business.
  15. grumpa

    grumpa Active Member

    First Thanks for your service. Second. Real full time taxidermy is physically and mentally demanding. Be sure you're up to the task before wasting your benefits on maybe the wrong choice. Think about it.
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  16. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

  17. Jtown

    Jtown Member

    If there are any other 100% disabled vets out there in Taxidermy Land. The United Taxidermist Association certifies your membership for free. Veterans, Seniors and First Responders with nice discount.
  18. PensivePronghorn

    PensivePronghorn Member

    I'm a vet, too, though not disabled and I've been researching this as well. Looks like for me it'll be Second Nature School of Taxidermy in Bonner, MT. There are several courses to choose from, and each are two weeks. Capes, forms, and supplies are included, though lodging is not, the school has some RV spots and local hotels have discounts for students. I don't know of ANY taxidermy school which offers on-site lodging. Good luck!

  19. Forebitt

    Forebitt New Member

    I also recommend Kindred Spirits School of Taxidermy in West Burlington, Iowa. My friend studied there and she said its a great school. You should go there.

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