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List of Veterinary Schools, Colleges and Universities

Veterinarians and veterinary technologists provide medical care for animals. Students looking to complete a veterinary program can complete a DVM or veterinary technology program. Important factors to consider when completing a veterinary program are program accreditation and career opportunities.

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How to Choose a Veterinary School

Veterinary medicine programs are found exclusively at 4-year colleges and universities, while veterinary technology programs may be found at community colleges, technical schools and 4-year colleges and universities.

Summary of Important Considerations

  • Career goals
  • Accreditation
  • School location

Career Goals

When choosing a program, students may want to consider their career goals. Depending on the college, a veterinary technology program can be either a 2- or a 4-year program. A veterinary technician 2-year program trains students to work in offices and hospitals as vet technicians, while graduates from a 4-year program are veterinary technologists. Vet technologists have additional training in diagnostics and veterinary care. Some schools offer the veterinary technology program as a 2+2 program, meaning those who have already attained an associate degree in veterinary technology can continue their course of study by building on what they have already learned.

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is a 4-year program undertaken after completing undergraduate education that leads to a career as a veterinarian. Students seeking to become veterinarians may want to consider DVM programs that include residency training in one of the 20 specialties recognized by the AVMA. These specialty areas include surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology, nutrition, dermatology, radiology and preventive medicine.

Accreditation

Graduation from an accredited program is required to take the licensure exam to become a veterinarian or the certification exam for vet techs. Aspiring veterinarians may want to look for schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education, while future vet techs can find programs accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.

School Location

According to the AVMA, only 28 schools offer a degree in veterinary medicine so relocation may be necessary for many students. There are also 191 accredited veterinary technology programs in the U.S., including nine distance learning programs.

Veterinary Program Overviews

Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology

Students receive training in the areas of animal care and animal nursing, and they learn to identify and understand the bond between humans and animals. Coursework includes both classroom and clinical training and explores topics such as:

  • Pathology
  • Radiology
  • Anatomy and physiology

Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology

Students examine the biological processes of animals and learn basic animal care. They also are required to complete clinical rotations or work experiences in an animal hospital or clinic. The program investigates:

  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Diagnostic instrumentation
  • Animal diseases

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

To be accepted into a DVM program, a student must have documented experience working with animals, as well as a minimum of 60 college-level credit hours. The program includes coursework and clinical experiences. Toward the end of the program, students complete clinical rotations in different areas of veterinary medicine. Students in a DVM program are required to take courses such as:

  • Animal pharmacology
  • Animal pathology
  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Epidemiology
  • Equine care

Largest Veterinarian Schools by Enrollment

College/University Student Population Institution Type
Ohio State University - Main Campus56,0644-year, Public
University of Florida49,8274-year, Public
Texas A&M University49,1294-year, Public
Michigan State University46,9854-year, Public
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign43,8624-year, Public
University of Wisconsin - Madison42,1804-year, Public
Purdue University - Main Campus41,0634-year, Public
University of Maryland - College Park37,6414-year, Public
University of Georgia34,6774-year, Public
North Carolina State University34,3764-year, Public

Largest Veterinary Technology Schools by Enrollment

College/UniversityStudent PopulationInstitution Type
Miami Dade College61,6744-year, Public
Michigan State University46,9854-year, Public
Purdue University - Main Campus 41,063 4-year, Public
St. Petersburg College31,7934-year, Public
University of Nebraska - Lincoln 24,6104-year, Public
Daytona State College18,4974-year, Public
University of Alaska Anchorage 18,154 4-year, Public
Madison Area Technical College17,4634-year, Public
North Dakota State University - Main Campus14,4074-year, Public
Murray State University 10,412 4-year, Public
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