Melbourne, FL (population: 77,650) has four veterinary technician 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 technician 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 Technician students from Melbourne 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 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville area alone, there are 120 employed veterinarians earning an average salary of $72,200. Veterinary technologists and technicians in this area earn $27,130/yr and there are 240 employed.
Melbourne lies in Brevard county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville area has 195,130 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $42,530 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Melbourne are held by veterinary technologists and technicians, and 1/1000 are held by veterinarians.
Of the 4 veterinary technician schools with a 100-mile radius of Melbourne, only 2 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 technician 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 Melbourne|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||54.4 miles|
|Port Saint Lucie||FL||163,859||0||-||0||60.1 miles|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||60.9 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||76.3 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||78.7 miles|
|West Palm Beach||FL||99,706||6||33.5336||149||99.1 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||99.9 miles|