Every four years, the top veterinary schools are ranked by U.S. News and World Report and provides a comprehensive list for aspiring veterinarians across America to make the best possible decision about where to further their animal care education. The rankings are based on peer assessment surveys the publications send to college deans, administrators and faculty members at each of the nation’s 28 veterinary colleges accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
1. Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine
Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell scored a 4.5 out of 5 possible points in the ranking, and remains at the top of the list for the second report in a row. “I would like to extend my sincere thanks to each member of our community for the hard work that this recognition symbolizes,” says Dr. Michael I. Kotlikoff, dean of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “There are many outstanding veterinary colleges, each with unique strengths and innovative programs. The ranking is completed using peer assessments, a fact that makes our standing particularly gratifying, as it is recognition of the aggregate strengths of our programs by those who know us best.”
Cornell occupies a unique position within the SUNY system as a relatively small medical college that operates a teaching hospital and full-service diagnostic center within its budget. Today the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University is consistently ranked among the best in the nation and enjoys an international reputation as a global leader in veterinary medical education, animal health, biomedical research, and public health.
2. University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Located in Davis, CA, this school scored a 4.2 and focus’s on the health of all animals including livestock, poultry, companion animals, captive and free-ranging wildlife, exotic animals, birds, aquatic mammals and fish, and animals used in biological and medical research. The focus also includes related human health concerns. The school operates comprehensive teaching, research and clinical programs, and 28 research/service units. The statewide mission includes diagnostic services, clinical referral services, continuing education programs and extension.
3. Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine tied for position number 3 and scored a 4.1 out of the 5 possible points. Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins and provides a world-class veterinary education in a supportive environment. The professors are internationally known in their respective fields, and they choose to be here because of the students.
North Carolina State University is located in Raleigh and puts its focus on six specific program areas: Companion Animal Medicine, Food Supply Medicine, Biomedical Research, Ecosystem Health, Equine Medicine, and Animal Welfare.
5. The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine all were ranked number 5 with a score of 3.8.
8. Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Located in College Station, TX, Texas A&M scored a ranking of 3.7 and has more than 90 years of educating leaders in veterinary medicine.
9. Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine both ranked number 9 and scored a 3.4.
The full list of all 28 veterinary colleges and their rankings can be found here.