Veterinary programs are available through 4-year universities and colleges within the college or through the school of veterinary medicine or science. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics in 2015, there were 30 accredited programs in the U.S.
Schools with Small Animal Veterinarian Courses
At these schools, students can get adequate training to become small animal veterinarians:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||In-state Tuition (2016-17)*|
|Cornell University||Ithaca, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||$33,732|
|Lincoln Memorial University||Harrogate, TN||4-year, Private not-for-profit||$44,360|
|Purdue University-Main Campus||West Lafayette, IN||4-year, Public||$19,928|
|Iowa State University||Ames, IA||4-year, Public||$22,651|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||$31,148|
|Utah State University||Logan, UT||4-year, Public||$21,830 (2015-16)|
|University of Georgia||Athens, GA||4-year, Public||$19,010|
Sources: *School websites
School Selection Criteria
Keep the following in mind when searching for a small animal veterinary program:
- Though acceptance into graduate veterinary schools does not necessarily require a bachelor's degree, admittance into a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program is very limited and highly competitive.
- Make sure you have complete the necessary prerequisites prior to application. Some schools offer a pre-veterinary program that can be included as part of an undergraduate degree curricula and may satisfy most or all of a DVM program's eligibility criteria.
- Look for veterinary schools that provide extensive experience in the field through jobs, internships, and volunteer work.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
The curriculum of a DVM program typically begins with fundamental training in the biological studies. Advanced second- and third-year lectures and seminars generally include instruction on veterinary procedures. Students may choose to specialize in small animal care prior to beginning clinical rotations in the fourth year.
Options are available to veterinarians who seek further specialty training in small animal medicine. Teaching hospitals and schools with on-campus or affiliated clinics offer postgraduate residency programs, which can lead to professional certification and in-depth knowledge in a particular field, including small animal treatment.
By earning a DVM degree from a veterinary school that offers a wide range of academic opportunities, students can get the necessary training to become small animal veterinarians.