Ocala, FL (population: 57,520) has two veterinary assistant schools within its city limits. Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center, the highest ranked school in the city with a veterinary assistant program, has a total student population of 540. It is the 2375th highest ranked school in the USA and the 111th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Veterinary Assistant students from Ocala schools who go on to become veterinary assistants, veterinary technicians, veterinarian assistants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 71,350 people working as veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $23,400. Also, Veterinary technologists and technicians make on average $30,580 per year and there are about 79,200 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Ocala area alone, there are 150 employed veterinary technologists and technicians earning an average salary of $28,100. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers in this area earn $19,020/yr and there are 190 employed.
Ocala lies in Marion county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Ocala area has 94,200 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $17/hr average worker wage, and a $35,760 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Ocala are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers, and 2/1000 are held by veterinary technologists and technicians.
Of the 2 veterinary assistant schools in Ocala, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Central Florida Community College comes out as the most expensive ($10,126/yr) for veterinary assistant students, with Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center as the lowest, reported at only $8,208/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Ocala|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||57.5 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||59.5 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||61.4 miles|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||62.9 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||65.2 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||68.0 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||69.2 miles|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||72.2 miles|
|New Port Richey||FL||-||2||22.9424||46||74.6 miles|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||98.5 miles|