8 Schools of Veterinary Medicine in America

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Did you know that the doctor who keeps tabs on your pet’s or livestock’s health graduated from a rigorous veterinary academic program? We can make that statement because there are just 28 veterinary programs certified by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in the United States.

puppyOverseas, there are far fewer programs available which means that your veterinarian received an outstanding education with the training to go with it.

Almost all of the fully accredited programs are part of their respective state’s education system with two exceptions being Cornell’s and Penn’s programs. If you’re in a state where a veterinary medicine program is offered, you may have priority over out of state residents as far as being able to get into the program. Naturally, your academic record is of high importance as is your interest in the field.

28 schools is a lot to list, so we narrowed that list down to an amazing eight choosing two for each region of the country:

Northeast:

Cornell University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401
607-253-3700
vet.cornell.edu

University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
3800 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6044
215-898-5438
vet.upenn.edu

South:

North Carolina State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
4700 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27606
919-513-6210
cvm.ncsu.edu/

Tuskegee University
School of Veterinary Medicine
Tuskegee, AL 36088
334-727-8174
tuskegee.edu

West:

University of California
School of Veterinary Medicine
Davis, CA 95616-8734
530-752-1360
vetmed.ucdavis.edu

Washington State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Pullman, WA 99164-7010
509-335-9515
vetmed.wsu.edu

Midwest:

The University of Minnesota
College of Veterinary Medicine
1365 Gortner Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
612-624-9227
cvm.umn.edu

Kansas State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-5660
vet.ksu.edu

Right now, there are more than 90,000 veterinarians practicing in the United States and the field is growing. According to the AVMA, there are a number of places where veterinarians can practice including private, corporate clinic, regulatory medicine, teaching and research, public health, military service and with zoological parks, animal shelters and in wildlife medicine.

Finally, there are three things every vet student must have: a scientific mind, good communication skills and leadership experience.

Photo Credit: Carol Adams

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