Top 6 veterinary schools in the world

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6. University of Edinburgh

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is one of the oldest veterinary schools in the world, founded in 1823 by William Dick and is world-renowned for its efforts in research, led by The Roslin Institute, which is incorporated with the school. The Institute is famous for the cloning of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell. This was a major scientific achievement as it demonstrated that the DNA from adult cells, can be used to create an entirely new organism.

The school provides outstanding veterinary education at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, offering 4 and 5 year tracks for a Veterinary Medicine degree. Using an award winning curriculum, innovative teaching methods, and an interdisciplinary environment for both our undergraduate and postgraduate students, the school provides excellent preparation for a career in vet medicine.

5. Cornell University

The College of Veterinary Medicine

The College of Veterinary Medicine Cornell

The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is a global leader in veterinary medical education, animal medicine, biomedical research, and public health, offering premier training in DVM, PhD, master's, and combined degree program. Students are able to pursue a mix of opportunities offered by the college, including graduate studies, residencies and internships, externships, professional programs and other educational pathways.

The College of Veterinary Medicine also connects with its local and regional communities. From educational events, to fundraising for local charities, to providing care and service to all species that live in the area, students are able to participate in a variety of community impact events and projects.

4. University of Cambridge

The Department of Veterinary Medicine

The Department of Veterinary Medicine Cambridge

The Department of Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge is a large, multidisciplinary department whose scientific activities are fully integrated into those of the whole University. Their relatively small sized department (60-70 students per year) means that they are able to deliver a more concentrated and personalized approach to clinical teaching. The Department operates small animal and equine hospitals and equine and farm animal clinical services in order to provide clinical teaching material, as well as using the state of the art 200 cow university dairy herd and sheep flock at nearby Madingley.

Research within the Department is broadly spread across 3 research themes: Infection & Immunity, Disease Dynamics and Systems Pathology. The schools also works closely with The Queen's Veterinary School Hospital, whose aims are to provide a comprehensive clinical service across a range of species and disciplines for clients, undergraduate and postgraduate students and the veterinary profession in general.

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3. Utrecht University

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Utrecht University

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is the only institution in the Netherlands that trains young people to become veterinarians. The Veterinary Medicine study programme is fully accredited by European organisations, but also by the relevant organisations in the United States and Canada.

The department not only provides pathways for students to pursue various degrees in veterinary medicine, but they also offer online courses, research opportunities, patient care and even press relations. As the largest academic veterinary hospital in Europe, the university believes in multidisciplinary collaboration with their partners.

2. UC Davis

School of Veterinary Medicine

School of Veterinary Medicine UC Davis

Whilst the program is designed to provide students with entry-level knowledge and skills, it also provides opportunities for students to follow specific career paths. This includes interests in animal health, public health and environmental health.

The college aims to educate world leaders in all aspects of veterinary medicine, leading innovation and high-impact research to advance the health of animals, people and the environment. By providing cutting-edge clinical programs that deliver exceptional vet services and premier education and training, students and staff are able to advance the well-being of animals in California and around the globe.

1. University of London

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC)

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC)

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the oldest veterinary school in the English-speaking world. The creation of the College, in 1791, marked the establishment of the veterinary profession in Britain. They offer undergraduate programmes in three areas of study; veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing, and bioscience.

The RVC is the only veterinary school in the world to hold the highest accreditation from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), EAVE (European Association of Establishments of Veterinary Education), RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons), AVBC (Australian Veterinary Boards Council Inc.) and the Royal Society of Biology.

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