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Best Veterinary Schools

The best veterinary schools as cited in the US News and World Report's annual college survey are nearly all schools from states that still have an significant agrarian economy. Typically veterinary students select either a small animal practice or a large animal practice: the large animal doctors are found in states with cattle and sheep ranchers along with states where there are significant pockets of equestrian activity.

The best veterinary schools, as ranked by US News:

  1. Cornell University
  2. Colorado State University
  3. University of California/Davis
  4. University of Pennsylvania
  5. North Carolina State University
  6. Ohio State University
  7. Texas A&M
  8. University of Wisconsin
  9. Michigan State University
  10. University of Minnesota
  11. University of Florida
  12. University of Georgia
  13. Tufts University
  14. Auburn University
  15. Purdue University

Though Cornell is an Ivy League school, it is also one of two private land-grant colleges in the nation.�� As such it receives state support for four of its colleges, one of those being the College of Veterinary Medicine.�� Accordingly, residents of New York who enroll in Cornell's veterinary school pay a reduced tuition.�� That leaves Tufts as the only private institution listed among the top veterinary schools in the country.

Veterinary medicine is a four year course of study for students wishing to become a full fledged vet. There are only 28 colleges in the US that meet the accreditation standards set by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), fifteen of which are listed here.�� There is a projected shortage of qualified veterinarians both in this country and internationally.

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