Veterinarian Colleges

Have you been researching veterinarian colleges?  Well, you’re in luck…In this post we will discuss a variety of questions related to veterinarian colleges.

What do graduates of Veterinarian Colleges actually do?

Students who graduate from veterinarian colleges work to prevent, diagnose, and treat illnesses in small animals (i.e. cats and dogs), large animals (i.e. horses and cows), or both types of animals.  Veterinarian colleges teach students how to diagnose animals who can’t explain their symptoms.  Veterinarians must also have good people skills.  Usually a sick pet has a human owner standing right by their side in the veterinarian office.

How can I get accepted to Veterinarian Colleges?

It is tough to get accepted to veterinarian colleges.  Your grades in undergrad have to be very competitive.  It is statically more difficult to get accepted to veterinarian colleges since there are less veterinarian colleges than there are regular medical colleges.  There are only 28 accredited veterinarian colleges in the United States.

Does this mean that you have to be a straight “A” student to be accepted to veterinarian colleges?  No, not exactly.  More recently, veterinarian colleges have broadened their requirements.  In addition to your grades, veterinarian colleges looks at several other factors including extracurricular activities, involvement with animals, and the grades earned in your science and math courses.

How long does it take to become a Veterinarian?

In order to become a veterinarian, you must complete 4 years of undergrad and an additional 4 years at one of the veterinarian colleges.  Once you’ve completed all of your schooling, you must pass the national veterinary medicine board exam.  Once the national exam is passed, you must pass a state board exam in whichever state you decide to practice in.  Each state has specific exam requirements

What are the 28 accredited Veterinarian Colleges in the U.S.?

There are 28 veterinarian colleges in the United States that are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.  These veterinarian colleges are as follows:

1. Auburn University (Alabama)

2. Tuskegee University (Alabama)

3. University of California (California)

4. Colorado State University (Colorado)

5. University of Florida (Florida)

6. University of Georgia (Georgia)

7. University of Illinois (Illinois)

8. Purdue University (Indiana)

9. Iowa State University (Iowa)

10. Kansas State University (Kansas)

11. Louisiana State University (Louisiana)

12. Tufts University (Massachusetts)

13. Michigan State University (Michigan)

14. University of Minnesota (Minnesota)

15. Mississippi State University (Mississippi)

16. University of Missouri-Columbia (Missouri)

17. Cornell University (New York)

18. North Carolina State University (North Carolina)

19. Ohio State University (Ohio)

20. Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma)

21. Oregon State University (Oregon)

22. University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania)

23. University of Tennessee (Tennessee)

24. Texas A&M University (Texas)

25. Virginia Tech and University of Maryland (Virginia)

26. Washington State University (Washington)

27. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Wisconsin)

28. Western University of Health Sciences (California)

What salary do graduates of Veterinarian Colleges earn?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for graduates of veterinarian colleges is $90,000 per year.  However, this number may vary given the various fields that veterinarians enter post graduation.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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