20 Best Veterinary Medicine Programs 2020

By the GradReports team | Updated April 1, 2020
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These are the best veterinary schools based on median starting salary for graduates. Texas A&M tops the list, with alumni of the DVM program earning a median of $79,300 in their first year after graduating. Veterinarians graduated with significant amounts of debt; the lowest median debt for graduates is $111,515 at University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Tuition, median salaries, and median debt were reported by the U.S. Department of Education. View our methodology for more details about these rankings or read more about the top-ranked schools.

Salary and debt data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Salary and debt data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Annual Tuition Median Debt Median Salary
#1 #1 $21,164 $116,193 $79,300
#2 #2 $28,794 $132,496 $78,300
#3 #3 $26,234 $130,414 $77,800
#4 #4 $30,130 $172,395 $76,200
#5 #5 $25,351 $153,973 $75,600
#6 #6 $34,929 $189,952 $74,100
#7 #7 $30,542 $144,152 $73,800
#8 #8 $35,628 $165,463 $73,800
#9 #9 $23,250 $162,822 $72,900
#10 #10 $52,192 $172,811 $72,500
#11 #11 $24,766 $132,002 $72,100
#12 #12 $25,336 $111,515 $70,900
#13 #13 $23,717 $173,999 $70,600
#14 #14 $25,563 $155,786 $70,400
#15 #15 $26,970 $133,263 $70,100
#16 #16 $27,983 $135,753 $70,000
#17 #17 $22,170 $270,333 $69,700
#18 #18 $31,808 $163,609 $69,200
#19 #19 $27,321 $156,179 $68,600
#20 #20 $22,529 $298,724 $68,400

2020 Best Veterinary Medicine School Highlights

Learn more about the top veterinary medicine programs. You can also read student reviews of each school by clicking on the stars. Although student reviews were not used as a ranking factor in this list, we provide ratings and reviews so students can consider the experience of alumni in their decision-making process.

Median Debt
$116,193
Median Salary
$79,300

Texas A&M in College Station offers a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Professional Program through its College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVM). This degree is a four-year commitment. The first three years are founded in classroom-based work and laboratory instruction. The fourth year is spent in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) or other clinical institutions in the community; students conduct clinical rotations where they practice diagnosis and treatment. Students may also choose their own externship experience.

Coursework is a combination of lecture, discussion, simulation, and training, all while integrating basic science competencies and professional skills. Students may pursue concentrations in companion animal medicine, large animal medicine, public health, research, and exotic animal medicine. Interested candidates must complete 56 credit hours of prerequisite courses and submit scores for the GRE. Prerequisites include general biology, organic chemistry, physics, and English.

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Median Debt
$132,496
Median Salary
$78,300

Purdue University’s main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana, hosts the school’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Candidates with the completed bachelor level prerequisite courses and demonstrated leadership ability can apply to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. This four-year program prepares its graduates for several careers in the veterinary field, as well as potential career opportunities in public health, wildlife conservation, and marine biology. Students will benefit from small class sizes and direct interaction with faculty. Moreover, they will begin working with animals from the very first semester.

The curriculum is founded on team-based problem solving and real-world experience. Students can integrate with faculty research opportunities and participate in community engagement like the Priority 4 Paws mobile surgical unit, which travels to local animal shelters to provide spay and neutering clinics. DVM students practice their surgical skills on models and cadavers and advance to neutering surgeries in their third year. Students will gain hands-on experience at the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which has facilities for large animals, small animals, emergency services, and primary clinics. Dual degree options include a four-year MS or seven-year Ph.D., with concentrations in immunology and infectious diseases, cancer, neuroscience, and animal welfare.

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Median Debt
$130,414
Median Salary
$77,800

State universities in Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Utah partner to create the WIMU Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine. The combined efforts between these schools provide its students with extensive resources and a large professional network. Students pursuing the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) must apply through Washington State University (WSU) and will receive their campus placement based on their residency status upon acceptance; all students receive their degrees from WSU. Students from all campuses meet for a comprehensive orientation week.

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital hosts faculty from all different backgrounds, allowing students to witness and assist in clinical practice across the disciplines: small animal, equine, aquatic, and exotic. The four-year degree integrates hands-on experience in the hospital throughout the program. Off-campus opportunities include clinical practice sites throughout the four-state region. Beyond traditional veterinary coursework, students will take classes in subject matter such as ethics, communication, and business management. They will also have access to multiple research opportunities. The fourth year of study is devoted to clinical rotations, each ranging from one to four weeks in length, providing them with a broad spectrum of veterinary experience as they prepare to enter the professional field.

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Median Debt
$172,395
Median Salary
$76,200

The College of Veterinary Medicine through the University of Florida offers a 150-credit, nine-semester DVM degree. The curriculum is founded on a three-phase model with an emphasis on skills and topics such as critical thinking, career opportunities, moral ethics and leadership, and the advancement of humane animal care.

The first year of study is dedicated to science basics, though students will begin practicing clinical work in the Clinical Techniques Laboratory. The second year expands on diagnostics and treatment, while the third and fourth year consists of clinical rotations, elective courses, and advanced study. Students may also choose to participate in an externship, where they work in private practice or specialty clinics, including opportunities abroad, in government, and in academia. Students may also apply for a dual degree option with a Master of Public Health (MPH). Interested candidates should complete prerequisite coursework in biology, microbiology, genetics, chemistry (organic and biochemistry), physics, and statistics. Applicants should also have experience in small and large animal clinics.

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Median Debt
$153,973
Median Salary
$75,600

The four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree through the University of Missouri hosts a professional curriculum, a teaching hospital, advanced research, and specialized training. Faculty mentor and match students to opportunities in their individualized interests. Students selected for a faculty-mentored research project receive a stipend during their research summer. A dual-degree option with a Master of Public Health is also offered.

The first two years of the DVM degree are spent in classrooms and laboratories, taking foundation courses such as Veterinary Anatomy, Neuroscience, and Reproductive Biology. The third and fourth years are defined by clinical blocks in a variety of subjects including equine medicine, small animal emergency medicine, and clinical ophthalmology. Interested applicants must submit a GRE score and 60 credits of prerequisite coursework, including classes in the biological and social sciences. Applicants are also expected to have completed hands-on experiences with different kinds of animals, as well as observations in a veterinary medical practice.

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Median Debt
$189,952
Median Salary
$74,100
Median Debt
$144,152
Median Salary
$73,800
Median Debt
$165,463
Median Salary
$73,800
Median Debt
$162,822
Median Salary
$72,900
Median Debt
$172,811
Median Salary
$72,500
Median Debt
$132,002
Median Salary
$72,100
Median Debt
$111,515
Median Salary
$70,900
Median Debt
$173,999
Median Salary
$70,600
Median Debt
$155,786
Median Salary
$70,400
Median Debt
$133,263
Median Salary
$70,100
Median Debt
$135,753
Median Salary
$70,000
Median Debt
$270,333
Median Salary
$69,700
Median Debt
$163,609
Median Salary
$69,200
Median Debt
$156,179
Median Salary
$68,600
Median Debt
$298,724
Median Salary
$68,400