Orlando, FL (population: 235,745) has eight veterinary assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Florida Institute of Animal Arts, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary assistant program, has a total student population of 452. It is the 983rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 36th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Veterinary Assistant students from Orlando 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 Orlando-Kissimmee area alone, there are 600 employed veterinary technologists and technicians earning an average salary of $28,630. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers in this area earn $20,340/yr and there are 520 employed.
Orlando lies in Orange county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Orlando-Kissimmee area has 989,160 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $38,430 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Orlando are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers, and 1/1000 are held by veterinary technologists and technicians.
Of the 8 veterinary assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Orlando, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Florida Institute of Animal Arts comes out as the most expensive ($18,160/yr) for veterinary assistant students, with Brevard Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,563/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Orlando|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||7.2 miles|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||18.2 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||51.1 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||51.5 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||55.2 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||74.6 miles|
|New Port Richey||FL||-||2||22.9424||46||84.0 miles|
|Saint Petersburg||FL||243,829||7||28.1391||139||92.9 miles|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||92.9 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||96.5 miles|