If you’ve ever considered a career in veterinary medicine, you know that it takes years of education and training to become a successful veterinarian. A typical doctorate program lasts at least five years, though many students need more time to become proficient with their studies. This doesn’t mean there aren’t any options for people who don’t want to go through traditional channels; there are several colleges and universities around the country that offer accelerated programs designed specifically for those interested in careers as veterinarians. These programs tend to take less time than traditional programs but still give you the skills necessary for success once you graduate!
Colleges That Provide Veterinary Courses
University of Pennsylvania
Located in Philadelphia, Penn Vet is one of the most prestigious schools in the country. In addition to being a top-ranked veterinary school, it is also:
- The only veterinary school in the Ivy League
- One of the oldest veterinary schools in the country
- A member of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), a nonprofit organization that provides resources for students, educators and others interested in advancing animal care
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University is a public research university located in College Station, Texas, United States. It is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System, the largest university in the state of Texas.
The institution was founded as an all-male military college on April 11th 1876 under its original name as “Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas” (or “Texas A&M”). At that time it was one out of two public colleges or universities established after Reconstruction. In 1883 Congress passed legislation changing its name to “Cooperative.”
In 1963 it was renamed again to “Texas A&M University” and then again in 2000 to simply “Texas A&M.” It has grown from an initial enrollment of just over 100 students into one with approximately 56000 students enrolled today with over 20 campuses across several states including Florida and California.
University of California, Davis
The University of California, Davis is a public research university located in Davis, California. UC Davis was founded in 1905 as the UC Farm and became one of the original four University of California campuses when it opened its doors to students in 1908. Today, UC Davis is one of 10 campuses that make up the UC system, which also includes UCLA and UCSF.
UC Davis offers a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, as well as Master’s degrees and Ph.D., M.S., and DVM programs through its College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). The CAES has five departments: Animal Science; Behavioral Biology; Nutrition Science; Veterinary Medicine; Wildlife Conservation & Management
Colorado State University
Colorado State University is a public research university located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Founded as the Colorado Agricultural College in 1870, Colorado State’s agricultural roots offer an immersive experience that includes time on the ranch and valuable hands-on experiences to prepare students for the future of animal medicine.
Colorado State University’s veterinary program offers four tracks: Biomedical Science; Large Animal Medicine (LAM); Small Animal Medicine (SAM); and Wildlife & Conservation Medicine (WCM). The WCM track allows students to focus on wildlife conservation biology while also providing them with hands-on training in exotic animals.
Purdue University is a public research university in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue is one of the largest colleges by student population in the United States, as well as one of the nation’s oldest public institutions. It was founded on February 6, 1869 in Tippecanoe County as part of a plan to create an agricultural school; it was created out of the former District School No. 19 and opened its doors on September 16th with a class of five men and two women who studied under founder President Edward Kimball Huffman. The school became a land-grant institution in 1869 under the Morrill Act of 1862; this act provided federal funds to establish agricultural colleges all over America and Purdue has been receiving annual grants since its establishment. In 1969 Purdue merged with its local rival Wabash College, which had closed down due to financial problems that year.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
- University of Wisconsin-Madison has a Veterinary Medicine Program.
- The program is a 4-year program.
- The program is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
- The program is a full-time program.
- The program is a research-based program.
- The program is a clinical program
Michigan State University
Michigan State University offers a Veterinary Medicine program, which can be completed through the College of Agriculture, or through the College of Human Medicine.
The College of Agriculture offers a B.S. in Animal Science, with a focus on either Equine Science or Animal Sciences (General). The school also offers an M.S., and Ph.D., in Animal Biotechnology, along with an M.S. and Ph.D., in Food Science and Human Nutrition; students interested in these programs should apply directly to these colleges instead of applying for admission into MSU’s Veterinary Medicine program (unless they are admitted as dual-degree candidates).
The School of Human Medicine also offers an undergraduate degree program in Veterinary Medical Technology (VMT) that is designed specifically for students who wish to become veterinary assistants after graduation; its curriculum includes courses on veterinary anatomy/physiology, clinical skills training (including surgical assisting), laboratory animal medicine/reproduction management/nutrition management; overall the VMT track provides students with enough skills needed at entry level positions within animal health care facilities
Cornell University is a private Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York. The school was founded in 1865, and it consistently ranks as one of the top universities in the world. Cornell offers its students numerous programs for studying abroad and for research opportunities; these include an undergraduate program in Veterinary Medicine.
North Carolina State University
NC State University is a public research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. The university was founded in 1887 as a land-grant college and has grown into one of the largest universities in the country. It is classified as a research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU CVPM) is home to more than 300 full-time faculty members and residents who specialize in animal health care and biomedical sciences.
There are many options for furthering your education.
As with all of your classes, you should first look at the university’s website to see if they offer any options for furthering your education. If they do, this will be clearly stated on their website and could include a certificate or associate degree program in the field of veterinary medicine. If the university does not provide these opportunities directly, they may provide an advisor or other contact who can point you in the right direction.
If there is no official program through your school, but you would still like to pursue a career as an animal doctor, then consider talking with professors and alumni from that university who have gone on to attend medical school at another nearby institution after graduating from college where you currently attend. These individuals can offer valuable insight into what it takes to become accepted into medical school as well as what classes are needed before applying for admission.”
While there are many options for furthering your education, you should take some time to consider which school is right for you. Some schools require a greater commitment to their programs than others, so it’s important that you understand what exactly each one offers before making a decision.