Veterinarian Schools by Rank

These veterinarian schools are listed by rank, according to the 2011 survey done by US News and World Report.

Choosing a veterinary program can be a daunting task, especially when you consider that the knowledge and experience you gain during the next four years will prepare you for a lifelong career. It only makes sense to choose one of the top US veterinary schools.

Rankings are based on subjective survey

In a perfect world, each vet school would be ranked on purely objective measures; academic performance, test scores, opportunities for meaningful employment upon graduation, etc. Unfortunately, such a ranking system does not exist for veterinary schools. Instead, opinion surveys are used. Once every four years, each program is sent a questionnaire about all US veterinarian schools. They are asked to rate the academic quality of each program on a scale of 1-5 (1 being “marginal” and 5 being “outstanding”). If the program personnel did not have enough knowledge of a school to judge, they were instructed to mark “don’t know”.

Of the surveys sent out, only 48% of them were returned, meaning that the opinion of 52% of vet school personnel are not represented in the survey.

Though this system isn’t perfect, it does give you a ball-park estimate of where each program falls regarding its reputation in the US. I encourage you to use this survey as you would a compass, rather than a ruler, when measuring your top veterinary schools.

 

veterinary schools by rank

 

Ranked #1

Cornell Vet School received a score of 4.5 out of 5

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

 

Ranked #2

UC Davis Vet School received a score of 4.2 out of 5

University of California, Davis, CA

 

Ranked #3

These veterinarian schools received a score of 4.1 out of 5

• Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

• North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

 

Ranked #5

These veterinarian schools received a score of 3.8 out of 5

• The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

• University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

• University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

 

Ranked #8

Texas A&M Vet School received a score of 3.7 out of 5

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

 

Ranked #9

These veterinarian schools received a score of 3.4 out of 5

• Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

• University of Georgia, Athens, GA

• University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, St. Paul, MN

 

Ranked #12

University of Florida Vet School received a score of 3.3 out of 5

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

 

Ranked #13

Tufts University Veterinary School received a score of 3.2 out of 5

Tufts University, North Grafton, MA

 

Ranked #14

Purdue University Veterinary School received a score of 3.1 out of 5

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

 

Ranked #15

These veterinary schools received a score of 3.0 out of 5

• Auburn University, Auburn University

• Washington State University, Pullman. WA

 

Ranked #17

These veterinary schools received a score of 2.9 out of 5

• Iowa State University, Ames, IA

• Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

 

Ranked #19

These veterinarian schools received a score of 2.8 out of 5

• Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

• University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

• University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

 

Ranked #22

Louisiana State University Vet School received a score of 2.7 out of 5

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

 

Ranked #23

Mississippi State University Vet School received a score of 2.3 out of 5

University of Mississippi, Mississippi State, MS

 

Ranked #24

Oklahoma State University Vet School received a score of 2.1 out of 5

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

 

Ranked #25

Oregon State University Vet School received a score of 2.0 out of 5

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

 

*Rank Not Published

• Tuskegee University, Tuskegee

• University of Tennessee, Knoxville

• Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona

 

 

*Some schools have requested that their rank not be published.

This page on veterinary school rankings was compiled 5-1-2013