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2021 Best Veterinary Medicine Schools

31 Colleges
$72,130 Avg Salary
$161,687 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Veterinary Medicine School for You

In 2018-2019, 3,297 people earned a degree or certificate in veterinary medicine, making the major the #22 most popular in the United States.

Today's healthcare students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Healthcare Degree Search has developed this Best Veterinary Medicine Schools ranking. This report analyzed 31 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for healthcare students.

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2021 Best Veterinary Medicine Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Veterinary Medicine Colleges.

Top 10 Best Veterinary Medicine Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Midwestern University - Glendale the best school in the United States for veterinary medicine students. Located in the large suburb of Glendale, Midwestern University - Glendale is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Texas A&M University - College Station. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Veterinary Medicine Schools list. Texas A&M is a fairly large public school located in the city of College Station.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Veterinary Medicine Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, veterinary medicine graduates from Louisiana State University take out $160,000 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $1,864, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Purdue University - Main Campus is a great place for veterinary medicine students. Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#5

Tufts University

Medford, MA

The excellent programs at Tufts University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best veterinary medicine schools in the United States. Tufts is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Medford.

Veterinary Medicine majors at Tufts take out an average of $172,811 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $2,014, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida ranked #6 on this year’s Best Veterinary Medicine Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, veterinary medicine graduates from U of F take out $172,395 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $2,009, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

With a ranking of #7, Michigan State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for veterinary medicine students. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the small city of East Lansing.

While working on their degree, veterinary medicine majors at Michigan State accumulate an average of around $165,463 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,928.

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#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Veterinary Medicine Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, veterinary medicine majors at Cornell accumulate an average of around $137,547 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,603.

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Iowa State University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Veterinary Medicine Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, veterinary medicine graduates from Iowa State carry an average student debtload of $132,002. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $1,538, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #10, University of Wisconsin - Madison did quite well on this year’s best schools for veterinary medicine students. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Veterinary Medicine by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 34 majors within the healthcare area of study, veterinary medicine has other similar majors worth exploring.

Veterinary Medicine Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Veterinary Medicine 3,297

Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 305,309
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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