Vet school rankings indicate that veterinary school is one of the most competitive programs out there! In this blog, we will help you make your choice a much easier one! We have compiled a unique veterinary school ranking system with schools all across the United States and Canada based on the following:

  • Name and Location of the Vet School
  • Mission Statement
  • Admissions Statistics
  • Selection criteria
  • Developmental Opportunities

We are certain that this comprehensive list will help narrow your choices in deciding which veterinary program is the most suitable to kick-start your career as a veterinarian. 

Disclaimer: BeMo does not endorse or affiliate with any universities, colleges, or official test administrators. The content has been developed based on the most recent publicly available data provided from the official university website. However, you should always check the statistics/requirements with the official school website for the most up to date information. You are responsible for your own results. 

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Strategies on getting veterinary program Vet School Rankings Additional Programs Veterinary Programs Outside of North America Conclusion FAQs

Strategies on getting veterinary program 

A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree typically takes up to four to five years to obtain, depending on the program. An undergraduate degree is absolutely necessary to be considered for any veterinary program. Thus, it is important to know the necessary requirements that are most commonly needed in order to take on such an honorable commitment.

The process of preparing for veterinary school should start as early as high school. Here are some of the essential tips they suggest: 


High school students must have a strong foundation in the following disciplines: 


Keep in mind that course perquisites do in fact vary with each veterinary program, however; below we have provided a comprehensive list of typical perquisite courses you should expect to complete as an undergraduate student. 

Recommended Courses may include business administration, management, or entrepreneurship which can be essential for those seeking to build their own veterinary practice.

Remember to check the exact course requirements of your chosen vet schools before you apply. 

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Vet School Rankings

There are over 30 veterinary medicine programs across The United States and Canada. Here at BeMo, we have provided a comprehensive list of 20 notable programs within the United States and Canada. We have ensured to provide you all with accessible information on the tuition, mission of the school, admissions statistics pertaining matriculants, acceptance rate, GPA requirements, selections criteria and notable developmental opportunities. 

UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (California)

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (New York)*  

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Colorado State University (Colorado)

NC State Veterinary Medicine (North Carolina) 

Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine (Ohio)

PennVet: University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania)

Texas A&M University: Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (Texas)

UW School of Veterinary Medicine (Wisconsin)

UF College of Veterinary Medicine (Florida)

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine (Georgia)

University of Minnesota- College of Veterinary Medicine (Minnesota)

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine- Tufts University (Massachusetts)

Purdue University- College of Veterinary Medicine (Indiana)

Auburn University- College of Veterinary Medicine (Alabama)

Iowa State University- College of Veterinary Medicine (Iowa)

Washington State University- College of Veterinary Medicine

The Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) (Guelph, Ontario)

University of Calgary - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) (Calgary, Alberta)

The Atlantic Veterinary College (University of Prince Edward Island)


The Western College Of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) (Saskatchewan)


Additional Programs

There are other notable veterinary programs outside of BeMo’s comprehensive ranking system throughout the United States and Canada. In no particular order, here are a few that may be of interest.

Veterinary Programs Outside of North America

If you’re looking to venture outside of the United States and Canada, check out our brief list of some of the best vet schools around the world. You may click on each school to inquire more information.


We hope that our unique ranking system has given you the adequate information to decide a. whether the veterinary program is the right fit for you and b. which program is the right fit for you. It is an extensively competitive program, and the process of admission may be extensive. However, if animal care and patient care are truly your passion, the hard work and dedication will pay off! We at BeMo can assist you in reviewing your personal statements and secondary essays to ensure that you present a strong application to the admissions committee of your choice! We will also help you with the necessary interviewing skills to make sure your personality stands out to your desired program! In conclusion, a strong GPA, the necessary prerequisites, notable work, volunteer and extracurricular activities, veterinary and animal related experience, strong letters of recommendation and successfully fulfilling the VMCAS essay requirements are all essential in securing a notable application.


1. What is the difference between accredited and unaccredited veterinary programs?

“Accreditation by the AVMA Council on Education™ (COE) and Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities™ (CVTEA) represents the highest standard of achievement for veterinary medical education in the United States. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review.

Accreditation is a process by which an educational institution or program submits to a voluntary, non-governmental review to determine whether it meets accepted standards of quality. Within veterinary medicine, the AVMA COE develops standards and conducts reviews of DVM or equivalent educational programs, while the AVMA CVTEA develops standards and reviews programs in veterinary technology. An institution or program is considered fully accredited when it is found to meet these standards. See the COE accreditation process and the CVTEA accreditation process for more information.

Graduation from an institute accredited by the AVMA COE- or CVTEA institution is a prerequisite for licensure or certification for professional practice through the majority of state licensing boards and credentialing agencies in order to meet the educational prerequisites.”

2. What is the difference between veterinary science and veterinary medicine?

Many schools outside of North America may use the term Veterinary science instead of veterinary medicine (might have to double check this). 

3. Where do I submit my application for veterinary schools?

American applicants for American programs and International Applicants to Canadian programs must submit through VMCAS.

Canadian Applicants to Canadian programs must see their prospective program’s website for unique details on how to apply. 

4. Is there a fee for application submission?

Yes! VMCAS has fees depending on the number of designations. Supplemental application fees can vary by school and can range from $60 USD to $80 USD. Canadian applications fees also vary and are dependent on the program.

5. What’s the difference between veterinary and animal related experience?

Veterinary experience is hours spent working under the direct supervision of a veterinarian, whether in a clinical or research environment, paid or volunteer. Animal experience includes caring for and handling animals in a kennel or animal shelter. It also includes any other experience that was not under the direct supervision of a veterinarian. 

To your success,

Your friends at BeMo

BeMo Academic Consulting

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