Best Veterinary Schools in the United States

Veterinary medicine is offered by 28 colleges around the U.S. The schools teach and train students how to make diagnoses and treat large and small animals. Read on for more information on the top colleges in veterinary medicine in the nation.

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Top U.S. Veterinary Schools

1. Cornell University in Ithaca, New York

Cornell University is a 4-year private school and serves roughly 20,000 students. In 2011, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Cornell 15th among the best national universities. The College of Veterinary Medicine has frequently received high rankings as well, garnering a number one spot in the 2011 U.S. News and World Report list of top veterinary schools. The college offers a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program that includes coursework in animal health and disease, cell biology and genetics, and 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 has a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program and a dual DVM/Ph.D. program. Students also have the option of pursuing a Master of Science (M.S.) degree and Ph.D. in a number of fields including comparative biomedical science, immunology, pharmacology, physiology and zoology.

2. University of California - Davis

The Davis campus within the University of California system is a research university with roughly 31,000 students. According to the Princeton Review, the school is considered to be one of the best value colleges in 2011 and is the only college in the University of California system with a veterinary medicine school. Its School of Veterinary Medicine is a highly-ranked school, placing second in the 2011 list of top veterinary medicine colleges in U.S. News and World Report. The school offers a DVM, in addition to a Master of Preventative Veterinary Medicine (MPVM). The university has several research and care centers that add to a student's education.

3. Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University is a well-regarded Western college and also one of the most energy-friendly schools in the country, according to the Princeton Review in 2011. This is due in part to its College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, which ranks as the third best veterinary school in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2011. The school offers studies in environmental health, in addition to clinical veterinary studies. The Department of Clinical Sciences offers DVM degrees to students through coursework and training at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where students can learn more about what they will use in the care of animals, including PET/CT scanners or a Varian Trilogy Linear Accelerator. This teaching hospital also houses an animal cancer center and an animal urgent care center.

List of Ten Highly-Ranked Veterinary Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Ohio State University The One Health Initiative Columbus, OH
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Offers a dual DVM/Master of Public Health (MPH) degree Saint Paul, MN
Texas A&M University - College Station Has the Department Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS) College Station, TX
Michigan State University Has international programs in Mexico, India, Egypt and Northern Europe East Lansing, MI
University of Wisconsin - Madison Offers 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 California - Davis Offers a Master of Preventative Veterinary Medicine Davis, CA
Colorado State University Has the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Fort Collins, CO
University of Pennsylvania Features a separate campus for large animal studies, the New Bolton Center campus Philadelphia, PA
Cornell University The Robert W. Kirk DVM '46 Practitioner-in-Residence Endowment Ithaca, NY
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