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How will your veterinary education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your veterinary education with veterinary education around the nation. There are 423 traditional veterinary schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had veterinary programs were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York
  2. New York University - located in New York, New York
  3. Duke University - located in Durham, North Carolina

Student Demographics

In 2010, 14,140 students earned degrees in veterinary in the US. Of these students, 1,812 graduated from certificate programs in veterinary medicine, 11,449 graduated from undergraduate programs in veterinary medicine, and 879 graduated from graduate-level programs in veterinary medicine.


Students can pursue education in veterinary medicine at the following levels:

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

Veterinary students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying veterinary:

  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Veterinary Histology
  • Multi-tasking
  • Veterinary Parasitology
  • Computer Skills


In 2010, veterinary schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $16,380 per year. The veterinary schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana, students paid $40,584
  3. Tufts University - located in Medford, Massachusetts, students paid $40,342

The veterinary schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. New Mexico State University-Main Campus - located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, students paid $4,998
  2. University of Idaho - located in Moscow, Idaho, students paid $4,932
  3. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College - located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, students paid $5,233

How will your veterinary job compare?

The highest percentage of veterinary medicine graduates pursue careers as veterinarians. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 54,480 veterinarians. The states with the largest populations of veterinarians are:

  1. California - 5,190 Veterinarians
  2. Texas - 4,100 Veterinarians
  3. Florida - 3,100 Veterinarians

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of people working as a veterinarian will grow by 29%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 79,470 veterinarians working in the US. The number of veterinarians is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Virginia - 44%
  2. Oklahoma - 39%
  3. North Carolina - 38%


A veterinarian in the US earns $85,903 per year on average. However, factors such as seniority, experience, or experience can cause the salary for a veterinarian to vary greatly. A veterinarian in the US can earn anywhere from less than $18,280 per year to more than $166,110 per year. The states with the highest average salary for a veterinarian are:

  1. Connecticut - $126,550 per year
  2. New Jersey - $125,790 per year
  3. Washington DC - $120,000 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for veterinarians are:

  1. Montana - $63,180 per year
  2. Wyoming - $67,320 per year
  3. Kansas - $68,430 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying
veterinary medicine?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 135,070 $22,070 34.3%
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 79,870 $31,030 25.1%
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 70,530 $23,660 0.9%
Veterinarians 54,480 $92,570 13.8%
Animal Scientists 2,440 $68,170 -18.7%