Best Veterinary Schools in the United States

Jan 02, 2019

Learn about the best veterinary schools in the United States, which can typically be found at public or private universities. Review the program options at four top-notch schools, and explore other universities around the country that provide training for veterinarians.

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After earning a bachelor's degree, aspiring veterinarians must earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree from a veterinary school. Dual degree programs are also available at some institutions. Veterinary medicine is offered by approximately 29 postsecondary schools around the U.S., through which students learn how to diagnose and treat both large and small animals. The four universities highlighted here have previously received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report for the quality of their veterinary programs, which can lead to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Cornell University in Ithaca, New York

Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine has numerous facilities devoted to veterinary medicine. Cornell University is a 4-year private school that U.S. News & World Report ranked tied at 15th among national universities for 2017. In 2015, the university's College of Veterinary Medicine placed second on U.S. News & World Report's list of top veterinary schools. The college offers a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) program that includes coursework in animal health and disease, cell biology and genetics, as well as the function and dysfunction of the animal body. Clinical rotations are also an important aspect of this professional program.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program and a dual D.V.M./Ph.D. program. Students have the option of pursuing a Master of Science (M.S.) degree and Ph.D. in a number of other related fields, including pharmacology and zoology.

University of California - Davis

The University of California's at Davis' department of Veterinary Medicine features a master of Preventative Veterinary Medicine program. As designated by U.S. News & World Report, the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California in Davis placed first among top veterinary colleges in the country for 2015. The school offers a D.V.M., in addition to a Master of Preventative Veterinary Medicine (M.P.V.M.). Students also have access to several research and animal care centers.

Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is home to a Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University tied at third among the best veterinary schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Through the Department of Clinical Sciences, students can pursue a D.V.M. program that includes coursework and training at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. At the hospital, students learn how to use a variety of equipment, such as PET/CT scanners or a Varian Trilogy Linear Accelerator. The hospital also houses an animal cancer center and an animal urgent care center.

Ohio State University in Columbus, OH

Ohio State University's One Health Initiative supports the promotion of human, animal, and environmental health. The College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University is the largest in the country with a clinical trials office. The D.V.M. program takes four years to complete. During the fourth year, students can take clinical electives in diverse subjects such as avian medicine, practice management, and public health. In 2015, the veterinary school at OSU was ranked tied for #5 by U.S. News and World Report.

Top Veterinary Schools

There are several other highly regarded veterinary programs. Let's take a look at some of them.

School Name Distinction Location
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Offers a dual D.V.M./Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Saint Paul, MN
Texas A&M University - College Station Has a Department Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS) College Station, TX
Michigan State University Offers international programs in Mexico, India, Egypt, and Northern Europe East Lansing, MI
University of Wisconsin - Madison Provides a 12-month mentored research program Madison, WI
North Carolina State University Offers six distinct areas of study to veterinary students Raleigh, NC
University of Pennsylvania Has a separate campus for large animal studies, the New Bolton Center Philadelphia, PA

Aspiring veterinarians must earn a D.V.M. before they can practice. To get the best possible education, students may want to choose a school that earned a top spot on U.S. News and World Report's most recent rankings of vet schools.

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