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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

Campus

Highest Award

Enrolled

CHOICE High School and Technical Center

Fort Walton Beach

Certificate

349

Daytona State College

Daytona Beach

Bachelor's

14,865

Eastern Florida State College

Cocoa

Bachelor's

16,711

Hillsborough Community College

Tampa

Associate

26,590

Institute of Technical Arts

Casselberry

Associate

263

Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center

Ocala

Certificate

427

Miami Dade College

Miami

Bachelor's

66,298

Pensacola State College

Pensacola

Bachelor's

11,235

Sanford-Brown Institute

Fort Lauderdale

Associate

477

Sanford-Brown Institute

Jacksonville

Associate

360

Sanford-Brown Institute

Tampa

Associate

317

Sarasota County Technical Institute

Sarasota

Certificate

670

St. Petersburg College

Clearwater

Bachelor's

31,820

Westside Tech

Winter Garden

Certificate

703

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:

Region

Employment per 1,000 Residents

Annual Mean Wage in 2013

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall

.17

$24,920

Ocala

1.33

$24,620

Naples-Marco Island

.35

$23,830

Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach

.54

$23,680

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach

.38

$23,670

Jacksonville

.60

$23,370

West Palm Beach- Boca Raton- Boynton Beach

.80

$23,260

Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area

.93

$22,490

Cape Coral-Fort Myers

.75

$22,490

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater

.48

$22,030

Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach

.34

$21,880

Pensacola-Ferry-Pass-Brent

.79

$20,200

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford

.54

$19,980

Tallahassee

.99

$19,870

Gainesville

1.04

$19,920

Lakeland-Winter Haven

.73

$19,850

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.

Sources:

"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

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Miami
Bachelors
55,206
Clearwater
Bachelors
30,028
Tampa
Associates
27,061
Cocoa
Bachelors
15,825
Daytona Beach
Bachelors
12,706
Pensacola
Bachelors
9,643
Winter Garden
N/A
874
Naples
N/A
619
Ocala
N/A
350
Hollywood
Associates
235
Tampa
N/A
28
Fort Myers
Associates
0

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.

2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Jacksonville320 $29,140
Cape Coral-Fort MyersN/A $30,290
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-DestinN/A $29,380
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond BeachN/A N/A
Lakeland-Winter HavenN/A N/A
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach1300 $28,880
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island50 $23,960
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton150 $24,310
OcalaN/A N/A
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford620 $21,440
Palm Bay-Melbourne-TitusvilleN/A $27,460
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent150 $24,500
Port St. LucieN/A $40,330
Sebastian-Vero Beach90 $26,250
TallahasseeN/A $26,970
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater1040 $22,470

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