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2021 Best Value Veterinary Medicine Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

30 Colleges
$32,528 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$72,130 Avg Salary

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.

The Best Value Veterinary Medicine Schools ranking is one of many tools that Healthcare Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 30 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for veterinary medicine students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Veterinary Medicine Schools in the United States

Check out the veterinary medicine programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 10 Best Veterinary Medicine Schools

Our analysis found Texas A&M University - College Station to be the best value school for veterinary medicine students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Texas A&M College Station is a very large public school located in the city of College Station.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Texas A&M College Station are $37,470 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Texas A&M College Station is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Veterinary Medicine Schools list.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Veterinary Medicine Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Louisiana State University are $28,639 a year. 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.

In addition to its great value ranking, Louisiana State University is in the top 1% of all schools on our Best Veterinary Medicine Schools list.

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#3

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

The excellent programs at Purdue University - Main Campus helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best veterinary medicine schools in the United States. Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Purdue are $28,794 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Purdue is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Veterinary Medicine Schools list.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Wisconsin - Madison. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Veterinary Medicine Schools list. Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public school with a very large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UW - Madison are $37,785 per year.

UW - Madison excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Veterinary Medicine Schools list.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Iowa State University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value Veterinary Medicine Schools list. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a very large student population.

Iowa State undergraduate students pay an average of $24,508 in tuition and fees each year. 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.

In addition to its great value ranking, Iowa State is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Veterinary Medicine Schools list.

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Midwestern University - Glendale landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value veterinary medicine programs. Located in the suburb of Glendale, Midwestern University - Glendale is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Midwestern University - Glendale are $0 per year.

Midwestern University - Glendale did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Veterinary Medicine Schools list.

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#7

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value veterinary medicine programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville, UF is a public school with a very large student population.

UF undergraduate students pay an average of $28,659 in tuition and fees each year. Veterinary Medicine majors at UF take out an average of $172,395 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $2,009, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

UF excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Veterinary Medicine Schools list.

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#8

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

Mississippi State University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Veterinary Medicine Schools ranking. Mississippi State is a fairly large public school located in the town of Mississippi State.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Mississippi State are $23,950 per year. The average amount in student loans that veterinary medicine majors at Mississippi State take out is $162,822. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,897.

Mississippi State also claimed a spot on our Best Veterinary Medicine Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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$0 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #9, Western University of Health Sciences did quite well on this year’s best value schools for veterinary medicine students. Western University of Health Sciences is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Pomona.

Western University of Health Sciences undergraduate students pay an average of $0 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that veterinary medicine majors at Western University of Health Sciences take out is $298,724. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $3,481.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
$57,222 Average Tuition & Fees

Cornell University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Veterinary Medicine Schools list. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Cornell are $57,222 per year. 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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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.

  • 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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