Top 10 Veterinary Schools in America

Top 10 Veterinary Schools in America

Very few schools offer accredited DVM programs, but of those that do, which is the best?

According to U.S. News and World Report, the top-rated veterinary school in 2011 was Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Find out who else joined the impressive ranks of the 10 top-notch vet programs in the nation.

Cornell University

This Ivy League university, based in Ithaca, New York is often considered the best veterinary school in the United States.

Cornell’s vet program specializes in animal medicine, biomedical research and public health.

The College of Veterinary Medicine was established at Cornell in 1894. Having graduated over 5,000 students, the college is internationally recognized for its excellent veterinary program. The school has a student body of around 335 students enrolled in its full-time post baccalaureate program.

Graduates can receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).

University of California, Davis

Located between San Francisco and Sacramento in Davis, California, the School of Veterinary Medicine educates veterinarians in research, clinical service and public service to better the health of animals, public health and the environment.

Graduates from Davis can focus on everything from livestock, poultry, pets, and free-ranging wildlife to exotic animals, aquatic mammals, and fish.

The school opened with just 42 students in 1948, and enrolls about 524 students in its current DVM program.

Colorado State University

Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State is another well-regarded veterinary school.

The program prides itself on providing hands-on instruction from world-class researchers, while focusing on everything from microbiology and environmental health to the biomedical sciences.

North Carolina State University

This 180-acre campus near downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, graduated its first class of vets in 1985. While a relatively young program compared to some of the others on this list, the College of Veterinary Medicine is very competitive and well respected.

The program prides itself on training vets and veterinarian scientist to improve animal and human health at both the cellular level and on large-scale biological ecosystems.

Students focus their studies in three concentrations: Clinical Sciences, Molecular Biomedical Sciences, and Population Health & Pathobiology. The school has 155 faculty and 313 DVM students with around 160 more students in graduate, internship, and resident programs.

Ohio State University

Located in Columbus, Ohio, the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State offers both a Graduate Program in Comparative and a Veterinary Medicine Graduate program. Both degree programs provide advanced training to professional and graduate students getting their master's or PhDs.

Graduates can leave prepared to pursue careers in epidemiological field research, clinical research, and biomedical research.

The Veterinary Medical Center has hospitals for companion animals, farm animals, and horses. The school admits 160 new veterinary students each year, and reserves up to 100 seats for in-state Ohio residents. The remaining seats (up to 80) are for students from outside of Ohio.

University of Pennsylvania

Founded in 1884, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine was established because the University’s School of Medicine recognized that controlling the spread of animal diseases would reduce the amount of human diseases troubling their patients.

The University adopted a holistic view of animal and human medicine as an inter-related discipline and championed the idea of one medicine.

Curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania can include a foundation of clinical rotations followed by major areas of study like Small Animal, Large Animal, Food Animal, Mixed (Small Animal, Large Animal) and Equine.

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Based in the popular college town of Madison, Wisconsin, the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital offers a four-year professional degree, or a DVM.

The school strives to provide graduates with a broad scope of expertise so that each student can choose from a wide range of career options. Careers of Wisconsin graduates have included jobs in government and armed forces, private practices, industry, research, and academia.

The university teaches its students to recognize disease conditions in animals, provides clinical training, and also focuses on problem solving and interpersonal skills to help students interact with clients and the public once they embark upon their veterinary career.

Texas A&M University, College Station

Housed in the oldest public university in Texas, the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences started training veterinarians in 1916.

The school’s faculty emphasizes the central role that veterinarians can provide in improving environmental, animal, and human health. Students are taught to to develop remedies, prevent and cure animal diseases, while uncovering new knowledge through research. The university is also interested in creating new therapies to reach these goals.

Classes can include clinical rotations as well as a solid educational base in disease recognition. The classes of admitted DVM students number about 132, with Texas residents making up the lion’s share of the student population.

Michigan State University

Based in East Lansing, Michigan, Michigan State (MSU) has a long history of teaching veterinary science. In fact, veterinary courses have been taught at NSY since the school’s founding in 1855. The formal College of Veterinary Medicine was established to grant four-year degrees in 1910.

The school has four distinct departments offering different concentrations. These include molecular genetics, pathobiology, pharmacology and physiology as well as clinical departments focusing on both large animal and small-animal sciences.

University of Georgia

The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia was founded in 1946. The school enrolls 102 students each fall, and has a faculty of 159. Total enrollment of DVM students is 401. Seventy-four percent of the student body are women.

The college focuses on wildlife, food-producing animals, and companion animals. The school uses its high-tech equipment to research, study and safeguard both animals and humans through constant training and investigation.

Besides offering a DVM, the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine also boasts interdisciplinary master’s degrees in veterinary and biomedical science and a dual-degree DVM-Masters of Public Health.

A doctoral degree is also available in parasitology, infectious disease, physiology, pharmacology and pathology.

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