Santa Cruz, CA (population: 57,690) has seven veterinary technician schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Western Career College-Pleasant Hill, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary technician program, has a total student population of 615. It is the 1383rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 112th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Veterinary Technician students from Santa Cruz schools who go on to become veterinary technicians, veterinarians, veterinarian assistants, veterinary scientistss, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 79,200 people working as veterinary technologists and technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $30,580. Also, Veterinarians make on average $90,110 per year and there are about 54,130 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Santa Cruz-Watsonville area alone, there are 90 employed veterinarians earning an average salary of $110,280. Veterinary technologists and technicians in this area earn $39,460/yr and there are 80 employed.
Santa Cruz lies in Santa Cruz county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Santa Cruz-Watsonville area has 84,790 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 5% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $45,870 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Santa Cruz are held by veterinary technologists and technicians, and 1/1000 are held by veterinarians.
Of the 7 veterinary technician schools with a 100-mile radius of Santa Cruz, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Career College-Pleasant Hill comes out as the most expensive ($25,515/yr) for veterinary technician students, with Modesto Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $6,882/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Santa Cruz|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||25.1 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||27.9 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||43.4 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||43.6 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||51.2 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||51.5 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||52.1 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||59.8 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||64.3 miles|