Top Veterinary Schools

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The well-known publication U.S. News & World Report released the 2015-2016 rankings for veterinary colleges. Published every four years, the rankings are frequently quoted in promotional materials and on veterinary college websites. The last two reports, published in 2008 and 2011 respectively, featured Cornell as the top vet school in the nation. This year a new top program was named.

The rankings are based on peer assessment surveys that the Report sends to the 30 veterinary colleges accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association every four years.

Deans, faculty members, and other staff are encouraged to complete the survey and contribute to the rankings. The response rate is generally reported to be about 50 percent.

Students applying to vet school may be interested in taking a look at the current rankings which are listed below. We have also included a brief profile of each school, incorporating data from individual program websites as well as the 2015 annual report produced by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). The AAVMC should already be familiar to most aspiring vets, as it is the coordinating body for the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS).

RANKINGS OF U.S. VETERINARY COLLEGES 2016

According to data collected by U.S. News & World Report

1. University of California, Davis

University of California, Davis
Location: Davis, CA
DVM Program Established: 1948
DVM Students Currently Enrolled: Over 500
Annual Tuition: $34,239 (resident) and $46,484 (non-resident)
Previous Rankings: #2 (tie) in 2008, #2 in 2011

2. Cornell University

Cornell University
Location: Ithaca, NY
DVM Program Established: 1894
DVM Students Currently Enrolled: 382
Annual Tuition: $32,750 (resident) and $48,050 (non-resident)
Previous Rankings: #1 in 2008 and 2011

3. Colorado State University & North Carolina State University (tie)

Colorado State University
Location: Fort Collins, CO
DVM Program Established: 1907
DVM Students Currently Enrolled: approximately 550
Annual Tuition: $27,948 (resident) and $55,826 (non-resident)
Previous Rankings: #2 (tie) in 2008, #3 (tie) in 2011

North Carolina State University
Location: Raleigh, NC
DVM Program Established: 1981
DVM Students Currently Enrolled: 358
Annual Tuition: $17,836 (resident) and $42,239 (non-resident)
Previous Rankings: #5 in 2008, #3 (tie) in 2011

5. Ohio State University & University of Wisconsin (tie)

Ohio State University
Location: Columbus, OH
DVM Program Established: 1885
DVM Students Currently Enrolled: 545
Annual Tuition: $29,426 (resident) and $64,578 (non-resident)
Previous Rankings: #5 (tie) in 2008, #5 (tie) in 2011

University of Wisconsin
Location: Madison, WI
DVM Program Established: 1983
DVM Students Currently Enrolled: 350
Annual Tuition: $19,062 (resident) and $25,906 (non-resident)
Previous Rankings: #5 (tie) in 2008, #5 (tie) in 2011

7. Texas A&M College Station & University of Pennsylvania (tie)

Texas A&M College Station
Location: College Station, TX
DVM Program Established: 1916
DVM Students Currently Enrolled: 525
Annual Tuition: $21,611 (resident) and $32,411 (non-resident)
Previous Rankings: #5 in 2008, #8 in 2011

University of Pennsylvania
Location: Philadelphia, PA
DVM Program Established: 1884 (2nd oldest in U.S.)
DVM Students Currently Enrolled: 500
Annual Tuition: $37,308 (resident) and $47,668 (non-resident)
Previous Rankings: #4 in 2008, #5 in 2011

9. University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota
Location: St Paul, MN
DVM Program Established: 1947
DVM Students Currently Enrolled: 400
Annual Tuition: $30,828 (resident) and $55,160 (non-resident)
Previous Rankings: #10 in 2008, #9 (tie) in 2011

10. Tufts University & University of Georgia

Tufts University
Location: North Grafton, MA
DVM Program Established: 1979
DVM Students Currently Enrolled: 400
Annual Tuition: $43,116 (resident) and $47,966 (non-resident)
Previous Rankings: N/A

University of Georgia
Location: Athens, GA
DVM Program Established: 1946
DVM Students Currently Enrolled: 426
Annual Tuition: $18,354 (resident) and $46,054 (non-resident)
Previous Rankings: #9 (tie) in 2011