List of Veterinarian Colleges and Schools in the U.S.

Aug 29, 2019

There are a variety of veterinarian colleges available that offer Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. Learn about a few of the different veterinary schools and what these vet schools teach aspiring veterinarians.

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Veterinarian Colleges

According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, there are currently 30 veterinary schools in the United States that are accredited or have accreditation pending. These vet schools include both private and public institutions. In the table below, you can compare a few of the veterinary schools located throughout the country.

School Name Location Institution Type
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private
University of California-Davis Davis, CA 4-year, Public
Texas A&M University College Station, TX 4-year, Public
Ohio State University Columbus, OH 4-year, Public
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN 4-year, Public
University of Georgia Athens, GA 4-year, Public
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 4-year, Public
Washington State University Pullman, WA 4-year, Public
Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL 4-year, Private
Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK 4-year, Public

Source: The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Best Veterinary Schools

In 2019, U.S. News and World Report created a list of the best veterinary schools in the United States. The schools were ranked using survey answers from peer institutions that rated schools a 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). A few of the top veterinary schools, according to this list, include:

  • University of California-Davis
  • Cornell University
  • Colorado State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Ohio State University

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

All of the schools discussed above offer a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD) degree program. Although students can begin their education with free online veterinary classes and bachelor's degree programs in veterinary medicine, a DVM is needed to become a licensed veterinarian.

There are a few online veterinarian degree options, but full DVM programs are only available on-campus, due to the hands-on clinical requirements and training. These degree programs typically take 4 years to complete, with the final year being used for clinical rotations. Some of these programs may offer specific clinical rotations for various pathways, or specializations, in the field, such as exotic pets, small animal, equine, or zoo and wildlife. Other coursework may include topics in:

  • Genetics
  • Parasitology
  • Animal health
  • Animal anatomy
  • Pathology

Veterinarian Career Overview

Degree Required Doctoral degree
Other Requirements Licensure
Annual Median Salary (2018)* $93,830
Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026)* 19%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Veterinarians are like physicians for pets, livestock, and other animals and help care for animals' health and medical needs. As mentioned, some veterinarians may specialize in various areas of the field, such as food safety inspection veterinarians or companion animal veterinarians. Veterinarians may conduct research along with practicing medicine to diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses in animals. Other job duties for veterinarians may include:

  • Examining animals' overall health and any injury
  • Administering vaccinations
  • Conducting and interpreting medical tests
  • Using medical equipment
  • Operating on animals
  • Educating animal owners
  • Euthanizing animals as needed

The majority of veterinarians work full-time, and long hours are common as they may need to work nights or weekends to respond to animals' needs. Some veterinarians, such as large animal vets, may need to travel to examine animals. There is also some risk to injury in the field, as scared or hurt animals may bite, scratch, and more.

Job Outlook and Salary

The BLS reported that veterinarians have a job outlook of 19% from 2016 to 2026. This rate is much faster than the national average and is contributed to an increase in pet-related spending over the years. This job growth equates to 15,000 new veterinary positions over the decade.

The BLS also reported that the median salary for veterinarians in 2018 was $93,830. The BLS stated that one of the top industries in the field was veterinary services where veterinarians made a median salary of $94,130.

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