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Fast Facts for Veterinary Assistants in Florida

Florida veterinary assistant schools can prepare you for a rewarding career assisting veterinarians and providing much-needed care to animals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers were spread out among the following regions in Florida in 2013:

  • Pensacola-Ferry-Pass-Brent: 120

  • Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach: 40

  • Tallahassee: 160

  • Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area: 130

  • Jacksonville: 350

  • Gainesville: 130

  • Ocala: 120

  • Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach: 60

  • Lakeland-Winter Haven: 140

  • Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford: 560

  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater: 560

  • Cape Coral-Fort Myers: 160

  • Naples-Marco Island: 40

  • West Palm Beach- Boca Raton- Boynton Beach: 420

  • Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach: 250

  • Miami-Miami Beach- Kendall: 170

Data from the BLS shows that the state of Florida has the third highest employment level for this occupation in the nation. Meanwhile, U.S. Department of Labor shows that employment for veterinary assistants in Florida could increase by as much as 3 percent during the decade leading up to 2022.

Salaries for Veterinary Assistants in Florida

Many veterinary assistants learn the skills required for this career during hands-on training. However, veterinary assistant schools in Florida can prepare individuals for this type of work ,as well. In addition, Florida veterinary assistant schools also provide students with a path toward certification as an Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.

U.S. Department of Labor figures show that veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers in Florida earned an annual median wage of $20,600 in 2013. However, the top ten percent of earners in the state made a mean wage of $29,500. Meanwhile, the national annual median wage for this career was slightly more that same year at $23,500.

Nationally, the industries who paid out the highest annual mean wages on a national level in 2013 are as follows:

  • Local Government: $39,880

  • Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing: $35,720

  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals: $35,500

  • Junior Colleges: $34,920

  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $33,000

Florida Veterinary Assistant Schools

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More Florida Veterinary Assistant Schools

This data reflects the 2013-2014 school year, and is sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics.

School Name


Highest Award


CHOICE High School and Technical Center

Fort Walton Beach



Daytona State College

Daytona Beach



Eastern Florida State College




Hillsborough Community College




Institute of Technical Arts




Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center




Miami Dade College




Pensacola State College




Sanford-Brown Institute

Fort Lauderdale



Sanford-Brown Institute




Sanford-Brown Institute




Sarasota County Technical Institute




St. Petersburg College




Westside Tech

Winter Garden



Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Veterinary Assistants

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Metro Areas Rated for Salary and Popularity

Listed below are metro areas in Florida with their respective annual mean wages in 2013 as well as employment figures per 1,000 residents. All data was gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' May 2013 Occupational Employment and Wages data set:


Employment per 1,000 Residents

Annual Mean Wage in 2013

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall






Naples-Marco Island



Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach



Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach






West Palm Beach- Boca Raton- Boynton Beach



Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area



Cape Coral-Fort Myers



Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater



Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach















Lakeland-Winter Haven



BLS data clearly shows that the regions with the highest paying jobs for veterinary assistants in Florida were the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall area, Ocala, and Naples-Marco Island. Meanwhile, Ocala and Gainesville boasted the highest level of employment in this field among other regions in the state.


"Bureau of Labor Statistics," U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook 2014-15 Edition," http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-assistants-and-laboratory-animal-caretakers.htm#tab-1

"Bureau of Labor Statistics," U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319096.htm

"CareerOneStop," U.S. Department of Labor, Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers, http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=31&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=319096&menuMode=&stfips=12&x=67&y=21

"National Center for Education Statistics," College Navigator,http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=FL&p=51.0808

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More Florida Veterinary Assistants Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Veterinary Assistants

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Veterinary Assistants

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Veterinary Assistants relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Annual Median Salary
Jacksonville N/A $24,910
Cape Coral N/A $31,680
Fort Myers N/A $31,680
Crestview 80 $23,600
Fort Walton Beach 80 $23,600
Destin 80 $23,600
Deltona N/A $21,170
Daytona Beach N/A $21,170
Ormond Beach N/A $21,170
Lakeland 50 $25,030
Winter Haven 50 $25,030
Miami 1330 $25,170
Fort Lauderdale 1330 $25,170
West Palm Beach 1330 $25,170
Naples 40 $22,600
Immokalee 40 $22,600
Marco Island 40 $22,600
North Port 120 $22,970
Sarasota 120 $22,970
Bradenton 120 $22,970
Ocala N/A $23,420
Orlando N/A $24,110
Kissimmee N/A $24,110
Sanford N/A $24,110
Palm Bay 180 $24,400
Melbourne 180 $24,400
Titusville 180 $24,400
Pensacola N/A $22,680
Ferry Pass N/A $22,680
Brent N/A $22,680
Port St. Lucie N/A $24,440
Sebastian 60 $24,010
Vero Beach 60 $24,010
Tallahassee 90 $20,960
Tampa 980 $21,420
St. Petersburg 980 $21,420
Clearwater 980 $21,420

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