Best Vet School Rankings

The U.S. News and World Report ranks the top veterinary schools every four years. They do so using a mixture of the following factors: 40% is a peer assessments score and an assessment score by residency directors, 30% is the total funding allocated to the school for research, and the final 30% is composed of: the student teacher ratio, student selection factors such as undergraduate GPA, mean VCAT score, and student acceptance rate.


With only 28 veterinary colleges in 26 states, school rankings should not be your first prerogative when choosing a veterinary program. Each school has its own program strengths and specialties. Because of the small number of schools, veterinary schools tend to work hand-in-hand with each other. Students entering their fourth year have a choice of working with other schools on a 4 to 6 week basis to gain experience in the specialty they are pursuing.

Students should research their school choices and consider the proximity of the school to where they wish to live. If you prefer to specialize in a field this should also be a consideration when choosing your veterinarian program. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is the accrediting body for veterinary schools. Graduating from an AVMA accredited school is a prerequisite for veterinarian licensure.

Ranked List of Veterinary Schools

  1. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - Ranked number one consistently since 2000, this school is also one of only three veterinary schools in the Northeast. Cornell's veterinary program is recognized as a leader in public health, biomedical research, animal medicine, and veterinary medical education.
  2. University of California (UC Davis), Davis, CA - On top of covering all animals, including aquatic mammals and fish, UC Davis also focuses on biological and medical research as well as related human health concerns.
  3. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  4. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC - NC State offers a broad range of program areas including a Clinician Scientist Training program; preparing students to become veterinary researchers.
  5. Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  6. University of Wisconsin (UW Madison) - Madison, WI
  7. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  8. Texas A&M University (College Station) College Station, TX
  9. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  10. University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  11. University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) St. Paul, MN
  12. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL - The University of Florida covers all areas of veterinary medicine including zoological and aquatic medicine unique to Florida.
  13. Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
  14. Purdue University (West Lafayette), West Lafayette, IN
  15. Auburn University, AL - Auburn University recently increased their class size from 95 to 120 students and is building a small animal teaching hospital and education wing.
  16. Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  17. Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  18. Virginia Tech/University of Maryland, Blacksburg, VA
  19. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  20. University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Urbana, IL
  21. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  22. Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge), Baton Rouge, LA
  23. Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
  24. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
  25. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Rankings of Veterinary Tech Schools

While there are no lists of school rankings for veterinary technician schools, any school you consider should be accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). Veterinary technicians have a 2-year associate degree from an accredited community college or technical institution; while technologists have a 4-year bachelor's degree from an AVMA accredited college or university. A veterinary technician program's curriculum should include general education courses, veterinary technology courses, and veterinary support courses. The program should also include clinical practice at approved clinical education sites. A student should research the schools they are interested in; reviewing the job placement percentages after graduation and the percentage of students passing their certification/licensure exams.

Whether you are a veterinarian student or a veterinary technician student, taking full advantage of all a school offers is key to your success after graduation.