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Best Veterinary Schools in the United States

Read about the best veterinary schools in the United States, which can typically be found at public or private universities. Learn about the program options at three top-notch schools, and find a table that lists universities around the country that provide training for veterinarians.

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School Overview

Veterinary medicine is offered by approximately 28 postsecondary schools around the U.S., through which students learn how to diagnose and treat both large and small animals. The three universities highlighted below 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.

Top U.S. Schools with Veterinary Programs

1. Cornell University in Ithaca, New York

Cornell University is a 4-year private school that U.S. News & World Report ranked 15th among national universities for 2011. In the same year, the university's College of Veterinary Medicine placed first on USN&WR'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.

2. University of California - Davis

As designated by U.S. News &World Report, the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California in Davis placed second among top veterinary colleges in the country for 2011. The only institutional member of the university system with a veterinary medicine school, it was also identified as a best value college by The Princeton Review in 2011. 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.

3. Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University ranked third among the best veterinary schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2011. 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.

List of Ten Highly-Ranked Veterinary Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Ohio State University One Health Initiative Columbus, OH
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 Department Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS) College Station, TX
Michigan State University International programs in Mexico, India, Egypt and Northern Europe East Lansing, MI
University of Wisconsin - Madison Twelve-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 Master of Preventative Veterinary Medicine program Davis, CA
Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Fort Collins, CO
University of Pennsylvania Separate campus for large animal studies, the New Bolton Center Philadelphia, PA
Cornell University Robert W. Kirk D.V.M. '46 Practitioner-in-Residence Endowment Ithaca, NY
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