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How Much Does Veterinary School Cost?

 
average costIn-State Tuition: $28,000-$54,000 Per Yearhigh costOut-of-State or Private University Tuition: $40,000-$66,000 Per Year
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Veterinary school graduates learn diagnosis and treatment of disease for large and small animals. Graduates of veterinary school may apply for state licensure to practice as a veterinarian. A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree is required nationwide.

Typical costs:

  • A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree typically costs $28,000-$54,000 per year for in-state tuition and fees (resident rate) or $41,000-$66,000 per year (for four years) for out-of-state tuition and fees (non-resident rate). In general, tuition costs are higher for non-residents attending a state school. For example, the University of Pennsylvania[1] offers a D.V.M. for $32,450 per year for residents or $41,460 per year for non-residents. The University of California, Davis[2] charges tuition and fees of $53,000-$62,000 per year for California residents or $65,000 to 74,000 per year for non-residents.
  • Doctorate programs in veterinary medicine are also offered at private universities. For example, Tufts University[3] , a private school in North Grafton, MA, offers a D.V.M. for $40,528 per year for residents and $42,640 per year for non-residents.
What should be included:
  • A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree typically requires 129-156 credits and typically lasts four years. Coursework typically includes anatomy and physiology for veterinary science, animal nutrition, pharmacology, zoological medicine and public health.
  • Veterinary schools should be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association[4] and faculty should have appropriate licensure.
Additional costs:
  • Graduate students in veterinary medicine have typically earned a bachelor's degree; however, some veterinary schools will admit students who have completed at least 45 hours of prerequisite coursework including biology, chemistry, physics, statistics and biochemistry. An undergraduate degree in veterinary technology typically costs $67,000-$86,000.
  • A student will need to take an admissions test such as the Graduate Records Examination or Medical College Admissions Test, which may costs $50-$160. Specific testing requirements for each accredited veterinary school are listed at the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges[5] .
  • The North American Veterinary Licensing Examination[6] costs $550, and is required for veterinary school graduates applying for licensure in North America. To take the eight-hour examination, a veterinary school graduate will apply through a state licensing board for approval to take the NAVLE as well as fill out a separate application to return with the testing fee.
  • Veterinary licensure fees vary by state and can cost $120-$370, including the application fee. For example, Delaware[7] requires veterinarian candidates to submit an application (no fee) and a $121 licensure fee, neither of which includes testing fees. Maine[8] requires a $100 license fee in addition to a $150 application fee and $21 criminal background check fee, for a total of $271. State licensing requirements for veterinarians are listed at the American Association of Veterinary State Boards[9] .
  • Room and board for veterinary school typically costs $8,000-$13,500 per year. The University of Wisconsin-Madison[10] estimates these fees at $9,730 per year students in their first, second or third years and $12,500 for fourth-year veterinary students.
  • Books and supplies for veterinary school typically cost $1,000-$3,000 per year. For example, books and supplies for all four years at Western University[11] in Pomona, CA, are estimated at $9,370.
Discounts:
  • Some universities offer a limited number of assistantships for doctorate programs. If granted an assistantship, a student may work part-time researching in the field or teaching courses at the university while earning a stipend to be used towards tuition and other expenses. For example, the Univerity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign[12] covers full tuition for assistantship recipients.
  • Scholarships may be available to students who meet program qualifications such as a high GPA or a proven financial need. The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges lists scholarship resources.
Shopping for veterinary school:
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the top veterinary medicine programs[13] . The American Veterinary Medical Association has additional information on applying to veterinary school[14] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.vet.upenn.edu/EducationandTraining/StudentAdmissions/FAQs/tabid/305/Default.aspx
  2.  www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/students/dvm_program/financial_aid/tuitiion_and_fees.cfm
  3.  www.tufts.edu/vet/admissions/tuition.html
  4.  www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/Education/Accreditation/Colleges/Pages/colleges-ac...
  5.  www.aavmc.org/College-Specific-Requirements/College-Specific-Requirements_College-Speci...
  6.  www.nbvme.org/?id=78
  7.  www.dpr.delaware.gov/boards/veterinarymedicine/vettech_newlicense.shtml
  8.  www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/veterinarians/vet.htm
  9.  www.aavsb.org/DLR
  10.  www.finaid.wisc.edu/200.htm
  11.  www.westernu.edu/financial-budgets-veterinary
  12.  www.grad.illinois.edu/gradhandbook/tuitionwaivervetchart
  13.  grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/vet...
  14.  www.avma.org/public/Careers/Pages/vet-school-admission-101.aspx?utm_source=oldsite&utm_...
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