Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has ninety-three animal care schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Duke University, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 14,350. It is the 15th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of North Carolina.
Animal Care students from Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 520 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $19,660. Animal control workers in this area earn $34,760/yr and there are 90 employed.
Virginia Beach lies in Virginia Beach county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.121 out of every 1000 jobs in Virginia Beach are held by animal control workers, and 0.711/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 93 animal care schools with a 500-mile radius of Virginia Beach, only 22 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Sanford-Brown Institute comes out as the most expensive ($29,176/yr) for animal care students, with Hiwassee College as the lowest, reported at only $5,858/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Virginia Beach|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||35.1 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||90.3 miles|