How to Select a Veterinarian School
Aspiring veterinarians can enroll in veterinary programs offered by 4-year colleges and universities. The standard credential to become a practicing veterinarian is the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). However, some schools offer joint degree programs where students can simultaneously earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Business Administration (MBA). Prospective students seeking employment in public health agencies may be interested in DVM/MPH programs, while those looking to run their own practice may be interested in a joint DVM/MBA program. Another option is the DVM/Ph.D. for those who would like to practice medicine but also work in academia.
When choosing a veterinary medicine program, students may find the following considerations helpful:
- Traditional DVM programs are four years long, and adding a master's degree curriculum could make the program span an additional year; the DVM/Ph.D. lasts about seven years.
- The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredits only 30 schools in the U.S. (www.avma.org), so a student may need to relocate in order to attend a veterinarian college.
- Students may want to consider a program's lab and technology fees, tuition costs and loan or funding availability, as DVM programs can be lengthy and expensive.
- Some states offer loan forgiveness for veterinarians agreeing to work in underserved or rural areas for a period of time.
Veterinary Program Overview
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
To be accepted into a DVM program, prospective students must have documented experience working with animals and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Once enrolled, they take courses in:
- Animal anatomy
- Diagnostic radiology
The final year consists of clinical rotations in various areas of veterinary medicine, such as internal medicine, oncology, anesthesia, surgery and radiology. Upon successful completion of courses, individuals must take and pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam.
Top 10 Veterinary Medicine Schools
|University of California - Davis||4-year, Public|
|Cornell University||4-year, Private|
|Colorado State University||4-year, Public|
|North Carolina State University||4-year, Public|
|Ohio State University||4-year, Public|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||4-year, Public|
|Texas A&M University - College Station||4-year, Public|
|University of Pennsylvania||4-year, Private|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||4-year, Public|
|Tufts University||4-year, Private|