Wichita, KS (population: 374,803) has two veterinary schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Barton County Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary program, has a total student population of 4,237. It is the 4026th highest ranked school in the USA and the 56th highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Veterinary students from Wichita 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 Wichita area alone, there are 170 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $20,290. Veterinarians in this area earn $89,820/yr and there are 100 employed.
Wichita lies in Sedgwick county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Wichita area has 295,670 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.81/hr average worker wage, and a $39,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.344 out of every 1000 jobs in Wichita are held by veterinarians, and 0.560/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 2 veterinary schools with a 100-mile radius of Wichita, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Barton County Community College comes out as the most expensive ($9,108/yr) for veterinary students, with Butler Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,456/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Wichita|
|North Newton||KS||-||1||30.3056||44||26.4 miles|
|El Dorado||KS||-||2||14.14||133||27.6 miles|
|Arkansas City||KS||-||1||16.4747||36||46.5 miles|
|Ponca City||OK||-||2||30.535||26||69.4 miles|
|Great Bend||KS||-||1||20.0068||110||90.6 miles|