Veterinarian Major Colleges
According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, there are currently 30 vet schools in the US that are accredited or have accreditation pending. These vet colleges include both private and public institutions. The table below provides some insight into what colleges have veterinary programs and allows you to compare the details of these veterinarian colleges’ offerings.
School Name Location Institution Type
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private
University of California-Davis Davis, CA 4-year, Public
Texas A&M University College Station, TX 4-year, Public
Ohio State University Columbus, OH 4-year, Public
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN 4-year, Public
University of Georgia Athens, GA 4-year, Public
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 4-year, Public
Washington State University Pullman, WA 4-year, Public
Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL 4-year, Private
Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK 4-year, Public
Source: The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Best Veterinary Colleges
In 2019, U.S. News and World Report created a list of the best vet schools in the U.S. The schools were ranked using survey answers from peer institutions that rated schools a 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). A few of the top colleges with veterinary programs, according to this list, include:
University of California-Davis
Colorado State University
North Carolina State University
Ohio State University
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
All of the schools discussed above offer a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD) degree program. Although students can begin their education with free online veterinary classes and bachelor’s degree programs in veterinary medicine, a DVM is needed to become a licensed veterinarian.
There are a few online veterinarian degree options, but full DVM programs are only available on-campus, due to the hands-on clinical requirements and training. These degree programs typically take 4 years to complete, with the final year being used for clinical rotations. Some of these programs may offer specific clinical rotations for various pathways, or specializations, in the field, such as exotic pets, small animal, equine, or zoo and wildlife. Other coursework may include topics in:
Veterinarian Career Overview
Degree Required Doctoral degree
Other Requirements Licensure
Annual Median Salary (2019)* $95,460
Estimated Job Growth (2019-2029)* 16%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Veterinarians are like physicians for pets, livestock, and other animals and help care for animals’ health and medical needs. As mentioned, some veterinarians may specialize in various areas of the field, such as food safety inspection veterinarians or companion animal veterinarians. Veterinarians may conduct research along with practicing medicine to diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses in animals. Other duties for veterinarians may include:
Examining animals’ overall health and any injury
Conducting and interpreting medical tests
Using medical equipment
Operating on animals
Educating animal owners
Euthanizing animals as needed
The majority of veterinarians work full-time, and long hours are common as they may need to work nights or weekends to respond to animals’ needs. Some veterinarians, such as large animal vets, may need to travel to examine animals. There is also some risk to injury in the field, as scared or hurt animals may bite, scratch, and more.
Job Outlook and Salary
The BLS reported that veterinarians have a job outlook of 16% from 2019 to 2029. This rate is much faster than the national average and is contributed to an increase in pet-related spending over the years. This job growth equates to 15,000 new veterinary positions over the decade.
The BLS also reported that the median salary for veterinarians in 2019 was $95,460 per year.