Richmond, VA (population: 198,179) has two veterinary schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northern Virginia Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary program, has a total student population of 46,619. It is the 4565th highest ranked school in the USA and the 88th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Veterinary students from Richmond 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.
Richmond lies in Richmond county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area has 47,670 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 4.2% unemployment rate, $19.99/hr average worker wage, and a $41,580 average annual salary.
Of the 2 veterinary schools with a 100-mile radius of Richmond, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northern Virginia Community College comes out as the most expensive ($5,953/yr) for veterinary students, with Blue Ridge Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,533/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Richmond|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||7.9 miles|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||61.3 miles|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||94.9 miles|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||95.9 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||98.5 miles|