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Top Colleges of Veterinary Medicine: List of Top Schools

Get an overview on two of the top colleges to offer veterinary medicine programs in the nation. Learn about these schools' veterinary programs and ranking information to make an informed decision on your education.

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School Overviews

To become a practicing veterinarian in the United States, students must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program and gain licensure. Two of the top accredited veterinary schools in the country are Cornell University and the University of Florida. Cornell is a top-ranked Ivy League school that also offers a Ph.D. in veterinary medicine, while UFL allows graduate students to focus their veterinary studies in public health, forensic toxicology and other subjects.

Top Veterinary Medicine Colleges

1. Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

Cornell University ranked 15th on U.S. News and World Report's 2014 list of best national schools in America, which makes Cornell the highest ranked university in the country that has a veterinary medicine college. The school offers a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree program, a DVM/Ph.D. dual degree program and a variety of graduate-level research programs in a variety of animal medicine fields such as neuroscience, reproduction and genetics. Students also gain hands-on experience working with a variety of animals in the school's on-campus clinics.

2. University of Florida in Gainesville

The University of Florida is listed as 48th on U.S. News and World Report's 2014 list of top national universities in America. The university's College of Veterinary Medicine offers a variety of veterinary medicine programs including a DVM, a dual degree with a doctor of veterinary medicine and a master's in public health (DVM/MPH), forensic toxicology and a wide variety of graduate programs. The school's DVM/MPH collaborative program is designed for students interested in public health careers in government and industry in areas such as epidemiology, food systems and environmental control.

List of Best Veterinary Medicine Programs by Student Enrollment

School Name Location Distinction
Cornell University In 2011, U.S. News & World Report named Cornell the #1 school in the nation to offer a veterinary medicine program. Ithaca, NY
Michigan State University MSU ranked #35 on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 listing of top public schools. East Lansing, MI
Ohio State University OSU ranked #5 among U.S. veterinary schools, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2011. Columbus, OH
Purdue University - West Lafayette The school's College of Veterinary Medicine offers signature research programs in cancer, infectious diseases, animal welfare science, and the animal-human bond, among others. West Lafayette, IN
Texas A&M University The Wall Street Journal ranked TAMU second in the nation for preparing graduates to enter the workforce. College Station, TX
University of California - Davis UC Davis ranked #2 on U.S. News & World Report's 2011 listing of the best veterinary medicine schools in the country. Davis, CA
University of Florida UFL ranked #14 among top public schools, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2014. Gainesville, FL
University of Illinois - Urbana - Champaign The school offers several outreach programs, including a full-service animal hospital, a diagnostic lab, and pathology services for zoos in the Chicago area. Champaign, IL
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities The accredited school has graduated nearly 4,000 veterinarians. Minneapolis, MN
University of Wisconsin - Madison About 96% of all veterinary medicine students pass their licensure exams. Madison, WI
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