Milwaukee, WI (population: 606,508) has seven veterinary schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Wisconsin-Madison, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary program, has a total student population of 41,654. It is the 23rd highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Wisconsin.
Veterinary students from Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis area alone, there are 370 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $21,400. Veterinarians in this area earn $73,540/yr and there are 350 employed.
Milwaukee lies in Milwaukee county, which is one of the 34 counties in Wisconsin. Overall, the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis area has 817,060 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $21.19/hr average worker wage, and a $44,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.424 out of every 1000 jobs in Milwaukee are held by veterinarians, and 0.449/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 7 veterinary schools with a 100-mile radius of Milwaukee, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Saint Xavier University comes out as the most expensive ($17,993/yr) for veterinary students, with Moraine Park Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $6,870/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Milwaukee|
|West Allis||WI||59,345||1||16.5935||7||4.6 miles|
|Fond du Lac||WI||42,100||2||22.0044||202||54.7 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||60.3 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||67.1 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||68.4 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||68.5 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||69.7 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||71.3 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||73.9 miles|