Veterinary school and program rankings may be helpful with your school selection as an aspiring veterinarian, but don’t expect them to be easy to come by. Rankings for veterinary colleges are few and far between because there is a relatively small number of veterinary colleges in the U.S., and those schools tend to be set apart from each other by significant differences in specialty programs and facilities.
By Beau Johnson, VeterinarySchools.com Contributing Writer
How Veterinary Programs are Ranked
U.S News & World Report is the sole major publication ranking Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programs in the U.S. Its vet school rankings are produced by weighing a mixture of factors. A peer assessment score and an assessment score by residency directors makes up 40% of the total score; 30% is made up of the total funding allocated to the school for research, additionally calculating research dollars per full-time faculty member; and the remaining 30% of the score is composed of faculty resources (ratio to students) and student selectivity factors such as mean undergraduate GPA, mean VCAT score, and student acceptance rate.
Another ranking source is StudentsReview.com, which basically allows students to score schools themselves based on their personal opinions.
What Does a High Ranking Mean?
High rankings are not significant or highly regarded by most of the academic veterinary community. A high ranking may give a vet school an extra degree of pull or minor bragging rights, and may initially capture the attention of students shopping for their vet school. Many schools and organizations disregard the legitimacy of any vet school rankings altogether, however. Some vet students who are initially wooed by higher school rankings may find them less significant as their application and acceptance process rolls on.
“Rankings tend to be more important with younger undergrads,” said Abbie DeMeerleer, assistant director of admissions and recruitment officer at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. “The closer they get to admissions, the less the rankings weigh in-it becomes more about the facilities and specialties a school focuses on. One of the downsides of vet school rankings is that they do not take into account the uniqueness of programs and the strengths of an institution that may benefit individual students.”
List of Veterinary Schools