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2021 Most Popular Veterinary Medicine Schools

32 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.

The Most Popular Veterinary Medicine Schools ranking is one of many tools that Healthcare Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 32 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs for healthcare students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Veterinary Medicine program at each school on the list.

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

#1

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Our analysis found University of Florida to be the most popular school for veterinary medicine students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the city of Gainesville, UF is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that veterinary medicine majors at UF take out is $172,395. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $2,009, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Ohio State University - Main Campus is a great place for veterinary medicine students. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, veterinary medicine graduates from Ohio State carry an average student debt load of $189,952. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $2,213, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Iowa State University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Veterinary Medicine Schools list. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a very large student population.

Veterinary Medicine majors at Iowa State take out an average of $132,002 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $1,538, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 32 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Colorado State University - Fort Collins landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the midsize city of Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, veterinary medicine majors at Colorado State accumulate an average of around $156,179 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,820.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means University of California - Davis is a great place for veterinary medicine students. Located in the small suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a very large student population.

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Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular veterinary medicine programs. Texas A&M College Station is a very large public school located in the city of College Station.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for veterinary medicine students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that veterinary medicine majors at UIUC take out is $168,744. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,966.

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With a ranking of #8, Washington State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for veterinary medicine students. Located in the town of Pullman, Wazzu is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#9

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Auburn University ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Veterinary Medicine Schools list. Auburn is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Auburn.

While working on their degree, veterinary medicine majors at Auburn accumulate an average of around $144,152 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,680.

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#9

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

With a ranking of #9, Virginia Tech did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for veterinary medicine students. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg.

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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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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