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New Ranking of the World’s Top Veterinary Schools

By Laura T

Updated March 20, 2021 Updated March 20, 2021

Discover the top veterinary schools based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

One of six new additions to the QS World University Rankings by Subject this year is a ranking of the top veterinary schools worldwide. Useful for anyone interested in discovering world-leading universities at which to study veterinary science, this inaugural edition of the veterinary science ranking highlights 50 of the world’s leading universities in the field, spanning 17 different countries.

See below for an overview of the top 10 universities for veterinary science worldwide, followed by a look at how the top 50 veterinary schools are divided across each world region.

Top 10 Veterinary Schools in the World

Rank

Name of Institution

Location

1

University of California, Davis

United States

2

Cornell University

United States

3

Royal Veterinary College, University of London

United Kingdom

4

University of Guelph

Canada

5

Utrecht University

Netherlands

6

Texas A&M University

United States

7

University of Glasgow

United Kingdom

8

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

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University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

9=

University of Liverpool

United Kingdom

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Top veterinary schools in the US & Canada

The United States has by far the largest number of globally ranked veterinary schools, boasting a 20 universities ranked among the world’s top 50.

While three of the top 10 spots are claimed by the US, five more US universities appear in the top 20: Colorado State University (13= for veterinary science; 441-450 in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15), the University of Minnesota (13= for veterinary science; 119th in the world rankings), the University of Florida (17= for veterinary science; 192nd in the world rankings), the University of Pennsylvania (19th for veterinary science; 13th in the world rankings) and North Carolina State University (20th for veterinary science; 388th in the world rankings).

Heading north, Canada has a total of three universities ranked within the veterinary science top 50. These are the University of Guelph in 4th place (431-440 in the world rankings), the Université de Montréal in 42nd place (83rd in the world rankings), and the University of Saskatchewan in 47th place (481-490 in the world rankings).

For more information about studying in the US or Canada, see our regional guide. You can also explore the top universities in each US state here, and the top universities in each Canadian province here.

Top veterinary schools in Europe

In addition to the five UK universities ranked within the top 10, including the Royal Veterinary College in 3rd, there are two more universities in the UK ranked among the top 50. These are the University of Bristol (11= for veterinary science; 29th in the world rankings) and the University of Nottingham (45= for veterinary science; 77th in the world rankings).

Heading to warmer parts of Europe, Spain claims two of the world’s top veterinary science schools, with Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (23rd for veterinary science; 173rd in the world rankings) and Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM, 50th for veterinary science; 212nd in the world rankings). The only other European country with two schools featured is the Netherlands, with Wageningen University in 16th place (151st in the world rankings), behind Utrecht University in 5th (80th in the world rankings).

Eight more European countries have one institution featured among the top 50. In Denmark, this is the University of Copenhagen in 17= (45th in the world rankings); in Germany, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in 25= (52nd in the world rankings); in Belgium, the University of Ghent in 27th (129th in the world rankings); in Switzerland, the University of Zurich in 32nd (57th in the world rankings); in Austria, the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna in 38th; in Norway, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science in 39th; in Ireland, University College Dublin (UCD) in 40th place (139th in the world rankings) and, lastly, in Sweden, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in joint 43rd.

Want to know more about studying in Europe? See our full range of European country guides.

Top veterinary schools in Australia & New Zealand

Australia’s University of Sydney is the highest ranked of the country’s four entrants (11= for veterinary science; 37th in the world rankings), followed by the University of Queensland (UQ, 22nd for veterinary science; 43rd in the world rankings), the University of Melbourne (28th for veterinary science; 33rd in the world rankings) and Murdoch University (38th for veterinary science; 551-600 in the world rankings). Meanwhile New Zealand is represented by Massey University (15th for veterinary science; 346th in the world rankings).

Rest of the world

Brazil is the only Latin American country featured in the veterinary science top 50, with two entries: the Universidade de São Paulo (36th for veterinary science; 132nd in the world rankings) and the Universidade Estadual Paulista “Julio de Mesquita Filho” (45= for veterinary sciences; 421-430 in the world rankings).

Meanwhile, despite Asian universities’ growing international profile overall, just one Asian institution is featured here. This is South Korea’s Seoul National University (SNU), ranked joint 41st for veterinary science (31st in the overall world rankings).

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This article was originally published in April 2015 . It was last updated in March 2021

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Laura is a former staff writer for TopUniversities.com, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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