Lexington, KY (population: 279,146) has four veterinary technician schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Morehead State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary technician program, has a total student population of 8,822. It is the 2917th highest ranked school in the USA and the 32nd highest in the state of Kentucky (#1 is Centre College).
Veterinary Technician students from Lexington 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 Lexington-Fayette area alone, there are 210 employed veterinarians earning an average salary of $103,400. Veterinary technologists and technicians in this area earn $26,740/yr and there are 340 employed.
Lexington lies in Fayette county, which is one of the 55 counties in Kentucky. Overall, the Lexington-Fayette area has 241,910 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.6% unemployment rate, $18.95/hr average worker wage, and a $39,410 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.397 out of every 1000 jobs in Lexington are held by veterinary technologists and technicians, and 0.880/1000 are held by veterinarians.
Of the 4 veterinary technician schools with a 100-mile radius of Lexington, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Brown Mackie College-Louisville comes out as the most expensive ($16,773/yr) for veterinary technician students, with Morehead State University as the lowest, reported at only $8,053/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Lexington|
|Saint Catharine||KY||-||1||13.7868||38||49.2 miles|
|Crestview Hills||KY||-||1||24.073||65||68.6 miles|
|New Albany||IN||-||1||50.4945||53||76.1 miles|
|Saint Martin||OH||-||1||11.3716||2||86.8 miles|
|New Boston||OH||-||1||21.3268||7||96.2 miles|