Athens, AL has four veterinary schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Itawamba Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary program, has a total student population of 7,596. It is the 4220th highest ranked school in the USA and the 38th highest in the state of Mississippi (#1 is Creations College of Cosmetology).
Veterinary students from Athens schools who go on to become veterinarians, animal trainers, dog trainers, veterinary technicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 54,130 people working as veterinarians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $90,110. Also, Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers make on average $23,400 per year and there are about 71,350 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Huntsville area alone, there are 110 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $18,460. Veterinarians in this area earn $89,760/yr and there are 80 employed.
Athens lies in Limestone county, which is one of the 67 counties in Alabama. Overall, the Huntsville area has 205,550 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $46,220 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Athens are held by veterinarians, and 1/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 4 veterinary schools with a 100-mile radius of Athens, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Columbia State Community College comes out as the most expensive ($7,125/yr) for veterinary students, with Itawamba Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,688/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Athens|
|Rock Spring||GA||-||1||1.08982||0||98.2 miles|