Schools for Aspiring Small Animal Veterinarians: How to Choose

Jan 02, 2019

Small animal veterinarians prevent and treat diseases and injuries of pets like dogs, cats, snakes, ferrets and rabbits. Read on to learn about which programs are available for small animal vets, and to see some of the schools that offer these programs.

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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

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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.

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