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Top Veterinary Schools in 2016

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As of last year, the QS World University Rankings by Subject now features a ranking of the world’s top veterinary schools. Based on a methodology which assesses employer and academic reputation, as well as research impact, the ranking aims to assist students who want to study veterinary science at one of the world’s leading departments in the field.

Read on for an overview of the top 50 veterinary science schools in the world, or click here to explore the full interactive results table.

Top 10 Veterinary Schools in the World

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016


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Top veterinary schools in the US & Canada Cornell University

The US boasts a total of 17 representatives in the ranking, including seven in the top 20. Outside of the top 10 (above), these are: Colorado State University, Texas A&M University, Michigan State University and North Carolina State University.

Three Canadian universities rank among the top 50 veterinary science schools, including the University of Guelph in 8th place. The Université de Montréal and the University of Saskatchewan are ranked joint 44th and 50th for veterinary science.

Top veterinary schools in Europe

The UK is home to seven top veterinary schools, including three in the top 10. Just missing out on the top 10 are the University of Bristol and the University of Edinburgh, which share 11th place.

Elsewhere in Europe, Denmark’s sole entry, the University of Copenhagen, ranks 10th. Fellow Nordic countries Norway and Sweden also feature with one representative apiece – the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (42nd) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (30th).

Belgium, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain all have two entries in the ranking. As well as Utrecht University (7th), the Netherlands’ Wageningen University also performs well (19th). Belgium’s University of Ghent is 20th, while Spain’s Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona places 21st and Germany’s Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is ranked 23rd for veterinary science.

Finally, Austria, Ireland and Switzerland also feature with one top veterinary science school each. Of these, the Swiss University of Zurich is the highest ranked at joint 25th.

Top veterinary schools in Australia & New Zealand University of Melborune

Australia has four representatives in this ranking of the world’s top 50 veterinary science schools. After the University of Sydney (9th), these are the University of Melbourne (18th), the University of Queensland (29th), and Murdoch University (37th).

Neighboring New Zealand has one entry, Massey University, which is ranked joint 25th for veterinary science.

Top veterinary schools in Latin America

Elsewhere in the world, Brazil is the only Latin American country to feature in the ranking. Its two entries, Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" are ranked 38th and 46th for veterinary science. 

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Written by Sabrina Collier
The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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