best veterinary schools in us

Last Updated on August 12, 2023 by Oluwajuwon Alvina

Colorado State University

Located in Fort Collins, Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences was ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students can choose from 28 specialties from four academic departments: Biomedical Sciences; Clinical Sciences; Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences; and Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology. The college’s teaching hospital receives 42,000 patient visits a year, so students have plenty of opportunities to gain valuable clinical experience.02of 10

Cornell University

Cornell University is unique among the Ivy League schools because it is home to four state-assisted statutory colleges that include the College of Veterinary Medicine. Thus, the vet school is an interesting mix of public and private. Cornell’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program often ranks first or second in the country, and the admissions bar is extremely high. Part of the college’s success comes from its job placement record—nearly all students receive job offers before they graduate, and many become leaders in their fields.

The school’s location in Ithaca, New York, gives students access to numerous animal hospitals with specializations ranging from companion animals, equine, wildlife, and farm animals. Cornell also provides numerous opportunities outside of the area such as Expanding Horizons, a program that gives students hands-on experience working in a developing country.03of 10

North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine consistently ranks among the very top vet schools in the country. Located in Raleigh, the college has roughly 150 faculty members who are specialists in 35 disciplines and teach in the college’s three departments: Clinical Sciences, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, and Population Health and Pathobiology. The school’s Veterinary Hospital treats an average of 27,000 cases annually, so the roughly 400 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students have plenty of opportunities to gain clinical experience.

NC State’s Teaching Animal Unit occupies an 80-acre farm that serves as a teaching lab for students interested in animal husbandry and other livestock practices. The college’s 250-acre Centennial Biomedical campus is home to the Terry Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center, where corporate and government partners collaborate with students and faculty. 10

Ohio State University

With a main campus in Columbus, the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine has three academic departments: Biosciences, Clinical Sciences, and Preventive Medicine. The college is home to 621 students and 130 faculty members. Its researchers are responsible for the first feline leukemia vaccine, and the college leads the Center for Retrovirus Research.

Campus facilities include the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio, the 97,000 square-foot Veterinary Medicine Academic Building, and the Veterinary Medical Center, one of the nation’s largest veterinary hospitals.05of 10

Texas A&M–College Station

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences ranks among the nation’s best veterinary schools, and its equine science program is particularly strong. The college is home to a small animal hospital that provides services ranging from dentistry to oncology, and a large animal hospital for treating anything from horses to zoo animals. The college has five departments: Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, Veterinary Pathobiology, and Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology. Us. News & World Report has ranked the college #4 in the nation, and Quacquarelli Symonds ranked it #10 in the world.06of 10

Tufts University

Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine has the distinction of being the only veterinary school in New England. The school is home to the Center for Animals and Public Policy, Shelter Medicine Program, and Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction. The school takes pride in its humane efforts to reduce the use of animals in teaching anatomy, surgery, and clinical procedures. Tuft’s International Veterinary Medicine program provides international opportunities in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.

DVM students gain plenty of hands-on experiences through the Cummings Medical Center and its seven teaching hospitals and clinics: Foster Hospital for Small Animals, Hospital for Large Animals, Tufts Veterinary Field Service practice in Connecticut, Tufts Wildlife Clinic in North Grafton, Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties clinic in Walpole, Tufts at Tech in Worcester, and the Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic in North Grafton.


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