The University of California – Davis came out on top of the ratings of the best veterinary schools in the country, based on a list compiled by U.S. News & World Report. The publication ranked Cornell University second, Colorado State University and North Carolina State University tied for third and Ohio State University and University of Wisconsin tied for fifth.  The rest of the top 10 includes Texas A&M University and the University of Pennsylvania tied for seventh, University of Minnesota at ninth and Tufts University and University of Georgia tied for 10th.

The rankings are based on results of peer-assessment surveys sent to deans and faculty members at accredited veterinary schools.

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, which annually cares for more than 48,000 animal patients and is educating more than 500 veterinary students plus residents and grad students, was ranked second in 2011, the last time vet schools were ranked by the magazine. The school runs a veterinary medical teaching hospital at UC Davis and satellite clinics in San Diego and the San Joaquin Valley community of Tulare.

“Our ultimate measures of success are the quality of the students we graduate and the lives improved by our research, but it is always encouraging to see a broad range of our graduate programs recognized as among the best in the nation,” says UC – Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. “Special congratulations are in order for Dean (Michael D.) Lairmore and everyone at the School of Veterinary Medicine on being named the top program in the country.”

Colorado State’s four-year DVM Program, founded in 1907, maintains an enrollment of about 550 veterinary students; those in their third and fourth years continue learning clinical skills in general veterinary medicine and specialty fields at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories and the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Many of CSU’s faculty are world-renowned for their teaching, discoveries and animal care.

“We’re proud and humbled to be recognized as one of the very best veterinary schools in the world, and we’re pleased to help represent overall excellence in teaching, research, outreach and clinical services at Colorado State,” said Dr. Mark Stetter, a veterinarian and dean of CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
See the full list of the top 25 U.S. veterinary schools from U.S. News & World Report.