El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has one animal care school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. New Mexico State University-Main Campus has a total student population of 18,526. It is the 396th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of New Mexico.
Animal Care students from El Paso 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.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, New Mexico State University-Main Campus ends up costing a student $9,500/yr.