You'll find that a number of schools offer veterinary medicine programs, ranging from undergraduate certificates through doctoral degrees, not all of which prepare you to become a veterinarian. Some schools, including some of the well-ranked schools profiled in this lesson, also offer dual degree programs at the graduate level.
To become a practicing veterinarian in the United States, students must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program and gain licensure. Three of the top accredited DVM schools in the country are Cornell University, Michigan State University and the University of Florida. Cornell is a top-ranked Ivy League school that also offers a Ph.D. in veterinary medicine. The University of Florida allows graduate students to focus their veterinary studies in public health, forensic toxicology and other subjects. Michigan State offers a dual degree program anchored with a DVM.
1. Cornell University in Ithaca, NY
|School Highlight: In 2017, U.S. News & World Report named Cornell University the #2 school in the nation for its veterinary medicine program.|
Cornell University in Ithaca, NY ranked 15th on U.S. News and World Report's 2017 list of best national schools in America, which makes Cornell the highest ranked university in the country that has a veterinary medicine program. The school offers a DVM degree program, a DVM/Ph.D. dual degree program and a variety of graduate-level research programs in different 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: University of Florida ranked as tied for #14 among top public schools, as well as tying for #14 for its veterinary medicine program, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2017.|
In Gainesville, the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine offers a variety of veterinary medicine programs including a DVM, a dual degree with a DVM and a master's in public health (DVM/MPH), a 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.
3. Michigan State University
|School Highlight: Michigan State University ranked at #12 nationally on U.S. News and World Report's 2017 listing of top veterinary medicine schools.|
Located in East Lansing, Michigan State University was the first land grant institution in the United States. In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked Michigan State as tied for #33 nationally among top public schools.
Not only does MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine offer programs leading to undergraduate certificates and bachelor's degrees in veterinary technology, it also offers graduate programs, a DVM program and dual degree DVM/Master of Science and DVM/Ph.D. programs in areas such as public health and food safety.
Top Veterinary Medicine Colleges
Here's a list of seven more top-ranked schools that offer veterinary medicine programs:
|Ohio State University||OSU ranked #5 among U.S. veterinary schools, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2017.||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 6th in the nation in 2016 among universities based on 'contribution to the public good' in research, service and social mobility.||College Station, TX|
|University of California - Davis||UC Davis ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 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||This 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|
Top veterinary medicine schools will offer DVM programs, and dual graduate degrees, such as a DVM coupled with a master's degree or doctorate in an area such as public health, are also offered. Schools may also give you the opportunity to develop an expertise in areas such as epidemiology, environmental control, neuroscience, genetics, or forensic toxicology.