Iowa contains five schools that offer animal care programs. Dordt College, the highest-ranking animal care school in IA, has a total student population of 1,322 and is the 295th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 5 animal care schools in Iowa, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Dordt College comes out as the most expensive ($20,913/yr), with Iowa Western Community College as the lowest recorded at only $6,974/yr.
Animal Care students from Iowa schools who go on to become animal care supervisors, veterinarians, animal trainers, animal behavioralists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 15,320 people working as animal control workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $33,560. Also, Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers make on average $23,400 per year and there are about 71,350 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Iowa alone, there are 970 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average yearly salary of $21,350. Animal control workers in this state earn $32,180/yr and there are 90 employed.
Also, within the animal care schools in Iowa, the average student population is 3,609 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 16 to 1. Aside from animal care, there are 3687 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 1,622 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $4,082, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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