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.
1. Cornell University in Ithaca, NY
|School Highlight: In 2014, U.S. News & World Report named Cornell the #2 school in the nation to offer a veterinary medicine program.|
Cornell University ranked 15th on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 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
|School Highlight: UFL ranked #14 among top public schools, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2014.|
The University of Florida is listed as 48th on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 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.
Top Veterinary Medicine Colleges
|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 2014.||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 'Washington Monthly' ranked TAMU 4th in the nation among universities based on 'contribution to the public good'.||College Station, TX|
|University of California - Davis||UC Davis ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 listing of the best veterinary medicine schools in the country.||Davis, CA|
|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|