Veterinary Assistant in California

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Schools Offering Veterinary Assisting Programs in California

Around 0.1% of California's graduates graduate from veterinary assisting degree programs every year. Thus, California's 18 veterinary assistant schools put out approximately 483 veterinary assistants each year.

Top Schools

Carrington College California-Pleasant Hill, which is located in Pleasant Hill, is the top-ranked school in California that has a veterinary assistant program. It received a ranking of 67th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 26 students graduated from Carrington College California-Pleasant Hill's veterinary assistant program.

The second-ranked school in California with a veterinary assistant program is Carrington College California-Citrus Heights, which is located in Citrus Heights. In 2010, it was ranked 67th nationwide. In 2010, Carrington College California-Citrus Heights graduated 27 students from its veterinary assistant program.

Carrington College California-San Jose, which is located in San Jose, is the third-ranked school in California that has a veterinary assistant program. It received a ranking of 68th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Carrington College California-San Jose graduated 39 students from its veterinary assistant programs. The tuition rate at Carrington College California-San Jose was $0 per year.


Tuition at California's veterinary assistant schools ranges from $13,418 per year to $644 per year. But, the average tuition is $1,144 per year. The California veterinary assistant schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. San Joaquin Valley College-Fresno - located in Fresno, students are charged $13,418 per year
  2. Foothill College - located in Los Altos, students are charged $894 per year
  3. Yuba College - located in Marysville, students are charged $752 per year

The lowest tuition rates at California veterinary assistant schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Cosumnes River College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year
  2. San Diego Mesa College - located in San Diego, students are charged $658 per year
  3. Modesto Junior College - located in Modesto, students are charged $670 per year

A veterinary assistant degree from a California school... what next?

A large number of California veterinary assistant graduates become veterinary assistants. California had 6,940 veterinary assistants in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of California veterinary assistants:

  1. San Diego County - 1,190 veterinary assistants
  2. Los Angeles County - 1,050 veterinary assistants
  3. Orange County - 690 veterinary assistants

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of veterinary assistants in the state of California will grow to 9,200. This would require a 22% growth in the profession.


A veterinary assistant in California earns $26,330 per year on average. In 2010, however, some California veterinary assistants earned as little as less than $17,370 per year or as much as more than $51,260 per year. A veterinary assistant in the following California counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Marin County - $35,560 per year
  2. San Benito County - $33,250 per year
  3. Santa Cruz County - $31,660 per year

The California counties with the lowest average salary for veterinary assistants are:

  1. Stanislaus County - $21,210 per year
  2. Solano County - $21,300 per year
  3. Riverside County - $21,410 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in veterinary assisting in California and to compare salaries with various related fields such as veterinary or dog training, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Veterinary Assisting in California
  • Certificate in Veterinary Assisting in California

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,800 miles from location Mt. San Antonio College Walnut CA 19.4628 n/a 29,935
7,957 miles from location Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA 19.5812 n/a 25,877
7,786 miles from location San Diego Mesa College San Diego CA 15.0493 n/a 23,211
7,837 miles from location Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills CA 17.7823 n/a 21,928
7,890 miles from location Modesto Junior College Modesto CA 14.2493 n/a 18,410
7,954 miles from location Foothill College Los Altos CA 21.5152 n/a 18,293
7,891 miles from location Cosumnes River College Sacramento CA 12.3879 n/a 15,946
7,881 miles from location Shasta College Redding CA 17.9463 n/a 10,578
7,947 miles from location Hartnell College Salinas CA 14.8313 n/a 10,451
7,881 miles from location Yuba College Marysville CA 12.4683 n/a 8,564
7,887 miles from location Carrington College California-Sacramento Sacramento CA 30.7306 77% 1,537
7,939 miles from location Carrington College California-San Jose San Jose CA 31.6955 72% 1,016
7,785 miles from location Pima Medical Institute Chula Vista CA 25.1547 n/a 896
7,946 miles from location Carrington College California-San Leandro San Leandro CA 29.9223 73% 893
7,845 miles from location San Joaquin Valley College-Fresno Fresno CA 20.4501 n/a 870
7,880 miles from location Carrington College California-Citrus Heights Citrus Heights CA 32.5381 72% 815
7,937 miles from location Carrington College California-Pleasant Hill Pleasant Hill CA 33.2966 77% 615
7,898 miles from location Carrington College California-Stockton Stockton CA 31.1781 64% 566

Curious what studying Veterinary Assistant gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in California

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers + 6,940 $26,330 -18.4%

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