Veterinarians work with pets and livestock to provide medical care, annual check-ups, and emergency aid. For California residents interested in caring for animals big and small, a degree in veterinary science is the first step towards a rewarding career path.
California has the highest number of veterinarians of any state, and while a large portion of veterinarians cares for household pets like dogs, cats, and snakes, another sector that requires veterinary services is California’s massive livestock industry that includes cows, sheep, pigs, and horses.
Students must earn their degree in veterinary science in-person and complete observation hours working under the direction of a licensed professional. Schools like UCLA and UC Davis offer veterinary majors, though many students choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in biology or anatomy before applying to graduate level veterinary programs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that veterinary opportunities in California exceed 7,000 statewide with salaries that can reach almost $100,000 annually.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Pima Medical Institute-Chula Vista Chula Vista, CA||22 : 1||737|
|Western University of Health Sciences Pomona, CA||15 : 1||3,813|
|Platt College-Los Angeles Alhambra, CA||42 : 1||717|
|University of California-Davis Davis, CA||22 : 1||39,074|
|Cosumnes River College Sacramento, CA||75 : 1||14,667|