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Schools Offering Veterinary Medicine Programs in California

Each year, roughly 0.1% of California students graduate with degrees in veterinary medicine. That means an estimated 1,302 veterinarians graduate from California's 34 veterinary schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in California with a veterinary program is University of California-San Diego, which is located in La Jolla. In 2010, it was ranked 12th nationwide. 13 students graduated with a degree in veterinary from University of California-San Diego in 2010. The tuition rate at University of California-San Diego was $11,306 per year.

University of California-Davis, which is located in Davis, is the second-ranked school in California that has a veterinary program. It received a ranking of 16th in the country in 2010. In 2010, University of California-Davis graduated 205 students from its veterinary program. Students at University of California-Davis paid $11,958 per year in tuition fees.

University of California-Santa Barbara, which is located in Santa Barbara, is the third-ranked school in California that has a veterinary program. It received a ranking of 17th in the country in 2010. 38 students graduated with degree in veterinary from University of California-Santa Barbara in 2010. The tuition rate at University of California-Santa Barbara was $11,686 per year.


Tuition at California's veterinary schools ranges from $13,418 per year to $644 per year. But, the average tuition is $2,612 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at California veterinary schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. San Joaquin Valley College-Fresno - located in Fresno, students are charged $13,418 per year
  2. University of California-Davis - located in Davis, students are charged $11,958 per year
  3. University of California-Santa Barbara - located in Santa Barbara, students are charged $11,686 per year

The following California veterinary schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Cosumnes River College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year
  2. San Diego Mesa College - located in San Diego, students are charged $658 per year
  3. Reedley College - located in Reedley, students are charged $658 per year

A veterinary degree from a California school... what next?

Most people who graduate from veterinary school in California go on to work as a veterinarian. In 2010, there were 5,190 veterinarians working in California. The California counties with the largest populations of veterinarians are:

  1. Los Angeles County - 800 veterinarians
  2. San Diego County - 740 veterinarians
  3. El Dorado County - 510 veterinarians

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of veterinarians is expected to grow by 33% by 2018. There are projected to be 7,500 veterinarians working in the California then.


A veterinarian in California earns $100,140 per year on average. However, California veterinarians earned anywhere in the range from as less than $26,440 per year to more than $150,740 per year in 2010. The counties in California with the highest average salary for a veterinarian are:

  1. Santa Barbara County - $140,100 per year
  2. Solano County - $129,420 per year
  3. Marin County - $127,040 per year

The following counties in California have the lowest average salaries for veterinarians:

  1. San Joaquin County - $66,700 per year
  2. Kern County - $71,590 per year
  3. Monterey County - $72,250 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in veterinary medicine in California and to compare salaries with various related fields such as veterinary or dog training, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Veterinary Medicine in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Medicine in California
  • Master's Degree in Veterinary Medicine in California
  • Doctoral Degree in Veterinary Medicine in California
  • Certificate in Veterinary Medicine in California

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Curious what studying Veterinary gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in California

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 14,470 $23,850 29.2%
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 9,210 $35,300 24.8%
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 6,940 $26,330 -18.4%
Veterinarians 5,190 $100,140 24.8%
Animal Scientists 60 $98,810

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