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Doctor’s Degrees in Veterinary Medicine

3,231 Yearly Graduations
$72,550 Median Salary
$163,216 Median Debt
There are 32 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a doctor's degree in veterinary medicine. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 16% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.2% of veterinary medicine graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Veterinary Medicine Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3,231 students earned their doctor's degree in veterinary medicine. This makes it the 7th most popular doctor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in veterinary medicine at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Doctor’s Degree 3,231
Graduate Certificate 66

Earnings of Veterinary Medicine Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in veterinary medicine is $72,550. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $69,950 to a high of $75,750.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in veterinary medicine is $163,216. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $187,131 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $137,238.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $1,902.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in veterinary medicine. About 80.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 624
Women 2,607
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Veterinary Medicine

The racial-ethnic distribution of veterinary medicine doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 138
Black or African American 84
Hispanic or Latino 195
White 2,477
International Students 38
Other Races/Ethnicities 299
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Veterinary Medicine Doctor's Degree Students

There are 32 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in veterinary medicine. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

154 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for veterinary medicine students seekinga doctor's degree is Ohio State University - Main Campus. Roughly 61,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 154 people received their doctor's degree in veterinary medicine from Ohio State. About 86% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
151 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for veterinary medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Iowa State University. Roughly 33,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,042 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,758 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 151 people received their doctor's degree in veterinary medicine from Iowa State. About 82% of this group were women, and 6% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

142 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for veterinary medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Colorado State University - Fort Collins. Roughly 33,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,426 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,520 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 142 doctor's degrees were handed out to veterinary medicine majors at Colorado State. About 85% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

University of California - Davis

Davis, California
135 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for veterinary medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of California - Davis. Each year, around 38,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 135 people received their doctor's degree in veterinary medicine from UC Davis. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

#5

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
134 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for veterinary medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Texas A&M University - College Station. Each year, around 68,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,941 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,677 per year.

The veterinary medicine program at Texas A&M University - College Station awarded 134 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 82% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

127 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for veterinary medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each year, around 51,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 127 people received their doctor's degree in veterinary medicine from UIUC. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

#7

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington
126 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Washington State University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in veterinary medicine. Roughly 31,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,953 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,493 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 126 people received their doctor's degree in veterinary medicine from Wazzu. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#8

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
123 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for veterinary medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Auburn University. Each year, around 30,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,816 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,828 per year.

The veterinary medicine program at Auburn University awarded 123 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 75% of this group were women, and 7% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
123 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Virginia Tech comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in veterinary medicine. Each year, around 36,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,420 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,701 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 123 people received their doctor's degree in veterinary medicine from Virginia Tech. About 71% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
121 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for veterinary medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Pennsylvania. Each year, around 26,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,156 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,254 per year.

The veterinary medicine program at University of Pennsylvania awarded 121 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 80% were women and 7% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
116 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Georgia is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in veterinary medicine. Each year, around 38,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,790 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,878 per year.

The veterinary medicine program at University of Georgia awarded 116 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 76% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
116 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Michigan State University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in veterinary medicine. Each year, around 49,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,555 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,858 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 116 people received their doctor's degree in veterinary medicine from Michigan State. Of these students, 77% were women and 9% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
111 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Missouri - Columbia comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in veterinary medicine. Each year, around 30,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,120 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,264 per year.

The veterinary medicine program at University of Missouri - Columbia awarded 111 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 83% of this group were women, and 4% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
111 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Florida comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in veterinary medicine. Roughly 52,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,477 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,770 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 111 people received their doctor's degree in veterinary medicine from UF. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#15

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
107 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for veterinary medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Kansas State University. Each year, around 21,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,735 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,212 per year.

The veterinary medicine program at Kansas State University awarded 107 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

103 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western University of Health Sciences comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in veterinary medicine. Each year, around 3,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The veterinary medicine program at Western University of Health Sciences awarded 103 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 78% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, Tennessee
101 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for veterinary medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Lincoln Memorial University. Each year, around 4,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $22,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,093 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 101 people received their doctor's degree in veterinary medicine from LMU. About 84% of this group were women, and 6% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
99 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

North Carolina State University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in veterinary medicine. Each year, around 36,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,535 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,095 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 99 people received their doctor's degree in veterinary medicine from NC State. Of these students, 76% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
99 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in veterinary medicine. Each year, around 51,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,580 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 99 doctor's degrees were handed out to veterinary medicine majors at UMN Twin Cities. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

#20

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
97 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for veterinary medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Cornell University. Each year, around 24,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,550 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $29,500 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 97 people received their doctor's degree in veterinary medicine from Cornell. Of these students, 78% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Veterinary Medicine Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Veterinary Medicine 3,231

Below are some popular majors that are similar to veterinary medicine that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Medicine 19,720
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 15,507
Rehabilitation Professions 13,537
Nursing 8,781
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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