Nashville, TN (population: 605,197) has two veterinary schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Murray State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary program, has a total student population of 10,071. It is the 1983rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 22nd highest in the state of Kentucky (#1 is Centre College).
Veterinary students from Nashville 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 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin area alone, there are 560 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $20,230. Veterinarians in this area earn $66,130/yr and there are 210 employed.
Nashville lies in Davidson county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin area has 719,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $19.13/hr average worker wage, and a $39,790 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.298 out of every 1000 jobs in Nashville are held by veterinarians, and 0.773/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 2 veterinary schools with a 100-mile radius of Nashville, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Murray State University comes out as the most expensive ($9,764/yr) for veterinary students, with Columbia State Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,125/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Nashville|
|Bowling Green||KY||56,941||5||29.5084||365||58.5 miles|