Today’s Vet Schools

Group of veterinary students having equine science classes.

College application season is well underway. Applicants who aspire to become equine veterinarians can choose from a long list of DVM programs for earning their degrees. It’s no secret that equine veterinary practitioners are in short supply in many areas of the United States and abroad. In addition, the equine veterinary industry is stepping up to make that career more attractive to vet school graduates. 

According to AAEP data, “approximately 1.3% of new veterinary graduates enter equine practice directly each year, and another 4.5% pursue further training in equine internship positions. Within five years, however, 50% of all these veterinarians leave for small animal practice or quit veterinary medicine altogether.” 

There are two main reasons for this: burnout from personal demands and financial struggles. New veterinarians’ mean educational debt is more than $183,000. Companion animal practices generally offer higher starting salaries, which pulls talented graduates into small animal practice rather than equine medicine. 

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has formed the Commission on Equine Veterinary Sustainability to develop strategies to retain and recruit more veterinarians to equine practice.

Directory of AVMA-Accredited DVM Programs 

Below is a list of DVM programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). There are more than 30 accredited schools in the United States, five in Canada, one in Mexico and 16 others worldwide. Institutions must meet minimum AVMA standards and are granted accreditation for up to seven years. The listing below includes veterinary programs found in North America. 

A note about the listings: The “Equine Specialties” section of each listing highlights services noted on their respective websites. 

Auburn University 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (www.vetmed.auburn.edu

Vaughn Large Animal Teaching Hospital: (www.vetmed.auburn.edu/animal-owners/jt-vaughan-large-animal-teaching-hospital/) 

Equine Specialties: internal medicine, sports medicine and surgery, theriogenology, ambulatory, emergency and critical care, ophthalmology, infection control, large animal anesthesia and diagnostic imaging  

1130 Wire Rd., Auburn, AL 36849  

Phone: 334-844-4546  

Colorado State University  

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences: (vetmedbiosci.colostate.edu

Veterinary Teaching Hospital: (vetmedbiosci.colostate.edu

Equine Specialties: surgery and lameness, emergency and critical care, ophthalmology, sports medicine, theriogenology, internal medicine and diagnostic imaging  

300 W Drake Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80523-1601  

Phone: 970-491-7051  

Cornell University  

College of Veterinary Medicine: (www.vet.cornell.edu

Cornell Equine Hospital: (https://www.vet.cornell.edu/hospitals/equine-hospital

Equine Specialties: anesthesia, cardiology, dentistry and oral surgery, dermatology, emergency critical care, farrier services, internal medicine, ophthalmology, regenerative therapies, sports medicine and rehabilitation, soft tissue surgery, theriogenology and imaging 

602 Tower Rd., Ithaca, NY 14853 

Phone: 607-2553-3000 

Iowa State University 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (www.iastate.edu/academics/veterinary-medicine

Lloyd Veterinary Medical Hospital: (vetmed.iastate.edu/vmc/equine

Equine Specialties: preventive care, ophthalmology, dentistry, dermatology, surgery and internal medicine 

1809 S Riverside Dr., Ames, IA  50011 

Phone: 515-294-4900 

Kansas State University 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (www.vet.k-state.edu

Equine Medical Center: (www.ksvhc.org/services/equine

Equine Specialties: internal medicine, performance medicine, theriogenology and surgery 

1710 Denison Ave., Manhattan, KS 66506 

Phone: 785-532-5660  

Lincoln Memorial University  

College of Veterinary Medicine: (www.lmunet.edu/college-of-veterinary-medicine/index

Equine Veterinary Education Program: (www.lmunet.edu/college-of-veterinary-medicine/academics/equine-veterinary-education-program

Equine Specialties: a fast-track equine veterinary program for students who have previous horse experience and are aspiring equine veterinarians  

6965 Cumberland Gap Pkwy., Harrogate, TN 37752 

Phone: 423-869-6600 

Long Island University  

College of Veterinary Medicine: (https://liu.edu/vetmed

720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, NY 11548 

Phone: 516-299-3679 

Louisiana State University 

School of Veterinary Medicine: (www.lsu.edu/vetmed

LSU Equine: (www.lsu.edu/vetmed/ehsp

Equine Specialties: diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for critically ill and injured horses, equine medication surveillance lab, gastrointestinal health, ophthalmology, orthopedics, regenerative medicine, surgery and theriogenology   

Skip Bertman Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70803 

Phone: 225-578-9500  

Michigan State University 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (https://cvm.msu.edu/future-students

Equine Services: (cvm.msu.edu/hospital/services/equine-services

Equine Specialties: integrative medicine, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, sports medicine, surgery, dermatology, cardiology, ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging, neurology and rehabilitation 

736 Wilson Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824 

Phone: 517-432-7776 

Midwestern University 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (www.midwestern.edu/academics/our-colleges/college-of-veterinary-medicine

Animal Health Institute Large Animal Clinic: (www.mwuanimalhealth.com/large-animal-clinic

Equine Specialties: acupuncture, cardiology, dental surgery, digital radiograph, endoscopy, elective and laser surgery, endocrinology, gastroscopy, internal medicine, lameness, lower respiratory diagnosis, theriogenology, tumor diagnosis and treatment, ultrasound, upper airway diagnosis and surgery, and video endoscopy  

19555 N 59th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85308 

Phone: 623-572-3215 

Mississippi State University  

College of Veterinary Medicine: (www.vetmed.msstate.edu

Equine Unit: (www.ads.msstate.edu/equine

Equine Specialties: The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences Equine Unit is known for its breeding program. 

240 Wise Center Dr., Mississippi, MS 39762 

Phone: 601-550-9964 

North Carolina State University 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (https://cvm.ncsu.edu/

Equine Hospital: (https://hospital.cvm.ncsu.edu/services/equine

Equine Specialties: emergency, internal medicine, ophthalmology, surgery and theriogenology 

1052 William Moore Dr., Raleigh, NC 27607 

Phone: 919-513-6461 

The Ohio State University 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (www.vet.ohio-state.edu

Equine Clinic: (vet.osu.edu/clinical-sciences/clinical-specialties/equine-services

Equine Specialties: emergency and critical care, surgery, radiation oncology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, performance evaluation, radiology and theriogenology 

1900 Coffey Rd., Columbus, OH 43210-1092  

Phone: 614-292-1171  

Oklahoma State University 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (https://vetmed.okstate.edu/

OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Ranch: (https://vethospital.okstate.edu/services/cvm-ranch

OSU Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital: (vethospital.okstate.edu

Equine Specialties: emergency and critical care, internal medicine, anesthesia and pain management, acupuncture, behavior, cardiology, dermatology, dentistry, diagnostic imaging, tomography, endoscopy, geriatric medicine, theriogenology, neonatology, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, preventative care, sports medicine and exotic equids such as zebras 

Stillwater, OK 74078  

Phone: 405-744-6961  

Oregon State University 

Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine: (vetmed@oregonstate.edu

Equine Hospital: (vetmed.oregonstate.edu/file/equine-hospital-veterinary-medicine

700 SW 30th St., Corvallis, OR 97331 

Phone: 541-737-2141 

Purdue University 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (vet.purdue.edu/dvm/

Equine Hospital: (vet.purdue.edu/hospital/equine

Equine Specialties: cardiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, theriogenology, clinical pathology, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, performance testing and surgery  

625 Harrison St., West Lafayette, IN 47907 

Phone: 765-494-7607 

Texas A&M University 

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences: (www.cvm.tamu.edu

Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital: (vethospital.tamu.edu/large-animal

Equine Specialties: anesthesiology, internal medicine, lameness, surgery, orthopedics, soft tissue surgery, sports medicine and imaging, emergency medicine, ophthalmology and theriogenology 

College Station, TX 77843 

Phone: 979-845-6098 

https://equine.tamu.edu/degrees-majors/

Texas Tech University 

School of Veterinary Medicine: (www.depts.ttu.edu/vetschool

7671 Evans Dr., Amarillo, TX 79106 

Phone: 806-742-3200 

Tufts University  

School of Veterinary Medicine (https://vet.tufts.edu/

Equine Center: (vet.tufts.edu/tufts-equine-center

Equine Specialties: sports medicine, internal medicine, field surgery, reproduction and field diagnostic imaging 

200 Westboro Rd., North Grafton, MA 01536  

Phone: 508-839-5302 

Tuskegee University 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (www.tuskegee.edu/vetmed

Medical Teaching Hospital: (www.tuskegee.edu/programs-courses/colleges-schools/cvm/vmth-large-animal-equine

Equine Specialties: overall health and well-being of horses, including vaccinations, deworming, dentistry, reproductive services and daily management of medical conditions 

1200 W. Montgomery Rd., Tuskegee, AL 36088  

Phone: 334-727-8174 

University of Arizona 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (vetmed.arizona.edu

Campus Agricultural Center: (taac.arizona.edu/Campus-Agricultural-Center

Note of Interest: The three-year program runs continuously across nine semesters and provides students with the knowledge and clinical experiences needed for veterinary medicine in multiple species. The university has more than 300 partnerships with clinics across the United States for students to focus on a species specialty during their third year. 

1580 East Hanley Blvd., Oro Valley, AZ 85737 

Phone: 520-621-2355 

University of California, Davis 

School of Veterinary Medicine: (ceh.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/

Center for Equine Health: (ceh.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/

Equine Specialties: dentistry and oral surgery, farriery, sports medicine, internal medicine, emergency and neonatology, ophthalmology, theriogenology and surgery 

1 Garrod Dr., Davis, CA 95616 

Phone: 530-752-1393 

University of Florida 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (www.vetmed.ufl.edu/

Large Animal Hospital: (largeanimal.vethospitals.ufl.edu

Equine Specialties: cardiology, dermatology, lameness, neonatal intensive care, internal medicine, neurology, ophthalmology, theriogenology and surgery 

2015 SW 16th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32610 

Phone: 352-392-2229 

University of Georgia 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (www.vet.uga.edu

Department of Large Animal Medicine: (vet.uga.edu/education/academic-departments/large-animal-medicine

Equine Specialties: emergency and critical care, internal medicine, lameness, ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery, podiatry and farriery, reproductive medicine and dentistry 

501 D.W. Brooks Dr., Athens, GA 30602 

Phone: 706-542-3000 

University of Illinois 

Urbana, IL 61801 

Phone: 217-333-2760 

http://www.vetmed.illinois.edu 

University of Missouri 

College of Veterinary Medicine (http://vetmed.missouri.edu/

Equine Clinic: MU Equine Hospital (https://vhc.missouri.edu/equine-hospital/

Equine Specialties: ambulatory, anesthesiology, internal medicine, lameness, ophthalmology, radiology, theriogenology and surgery 

900 E Campus Dr., Columbia, MO 65211 

Phone: 573-882-3554 

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (www.vetmed.illinois.edu

Veterinary Teaching Hospital: (vetmed.illinois.edu/hospital/veterinary-teaching-hospital/veterinary-specialties/equine-med-surgery/

3505 Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building 

2001 S Lincoln Ave., Urbana, IL 61802 

Phone: 217-333-2760  

University of Minnesota 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (vetmed.umn.edu/dvm

Leatherdale Equine Center: www.equine.umn.edu 

Equine Specialties: anesthesiology and pain management, cardiology, dermatology, dentistry, emergency care, internal medicine, lameness and orthopedics, medical imaging, neonatology, neurology, oncology, pathology, primary care, reproduction, equine sports medicine and surgery 

1801 Dudley Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108 

Phone: 612-626-5482 

University of Missouri-Columbia 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (cvm.missouri.edu

Columbia, MO 65211 

Phone: 573-882-3877 

http://www.cvm.missouri.edu 

University of Pennsylvania 

School of Veterinary Medicine: (www.vet.upenn.edu

New Bolton Center: (www.vet.upenn.edu

Equine Specialties: lameness, digital radiography, reproduction services, dental, internal medicine, neonatal care, field surgeries, upper airway and dynamic endoscopy, chiropractic and acupuncture 

3800 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 

Phone: 215-898-8841 

University of Tennessee 

College of Veterinary Medicine: (www.vet.utk.edu

Equine Hospital: (vetmed.tennessee.edu/vmc/equinehospital/

Equine Specialties: acupuncture and chiropractic, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, farriery and podiatry, internal medicine and neonatology, ophthalmology, performance and rehabilitation, regenerative medicine, surgery and theriogenology 

2407 River Dr., Knoxville, TN 37996 

Phone: 865-974-8387 

University of Wisconsin-Madison 

School of Veterinary Medicine: (www.vetmed.wisc.edu

Morrie Waud Large Animal Hospital: (https://uwveterinarycare.wisc.edu/large-animal/equine/

Equine Specialties: sports medicine, neonatal care, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, and farriery 

2015 Linden Dr., Madison, WI 53706 

Phone: 608-263-6300 

Virginia Tech 

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine: (vetmed.vt.edu/index

Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center: (emc.vetmed.vt.edu

Equine Specialties: dental, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, neonatal and theriogenology, ophthalmology, regenerative medicine, sports medicine, surgery and therapeutic farriery 

205 Duck Pond Dr., Blacksburg, VA 24061 

Phone: 540-231-7666 

Washington State University  

College of Veterinary Medicine: (www.vetmed.wsu.edu)  

Veterinary Teaching Hospital: (hospital.vetmed.wsu.edu/large-animal/equine

Equine Specialties: emergency and critical care, surgery and theriogenology 

P.O. Box 647010, Pullman, WA 99164-7010  

Phone: 509-335-9515  

Western University of Health Sciences  

College of Veterinary Medicine: (www.westernu.edu

Note of Interest: Offers a dual degree DVM and Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in partnership with the University of Minnesota 

309 E Second St., Pomona, CA, 91766 

Phone: 909-623-6116 

CANADA 

ALBERTA 

University of Calgary  

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine: (www.vet.ucalgary.ca

Equine Interaction: (www.vet.ucalgary.ca

Equine Specialties: sports medicine and respiratory diseases. Inflammatory lung disease research, IAD and exercise physiology of show jumpers and chuck wagon horses 

Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 4N1  

Phone 403-210-3961  

ONTARIO 

University of Guelph  

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: (www.uoguelph.ca/programs/doctor-veterinary-medicine/

Ontario Veterinary College Large Animal Hospital: (www.ovchsc.ca/large-animal-clinic

Equine Specialties: internal medicine, isolation facility, sports medicine, theriogenology, diagnostic imagery and orthopedic surgery 

50 Stone Rd. East, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1 

Phone: 519-824-4120 

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND 

University of Prince Edward Island 

Atlantic Veterinary College: (www.upei.ca/programs/doctor-veterinary-medicine

Large Animal Surgery: (vth.upei.ca/services/large-animal-surgery

Equine Details: Year One and Year Two students receive general science instruction with focused coursework on animal behavior, welfare, production systems and disease processes. In Years Three and Four, students transition to a core-elective structure for large and small animals, and complete at least 39 weeks of clinical instruction.  

550 University Ave., Charlottetown, Canada PE C1A 4P3  

Phone: 902-566-0882  

MONTREAL 

Université de Montréal  

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine: (www.umontreal.ca/en/our-campuses/saint-hyacinthe-campus

Veterinary University Hospital Center: (www.fmv.umontreal.ca.services

Specialties: surgery, medical imaging, internal medicine, dentistry, dermatology, sports medicine, reproduction, ophthalmology and neurology 

C.P. 5000 Saint Hyacinthe, Canada PQ J2S 7C6  

Phone: 450-773-8521  

SASKATCHEWAN 

University of Saskatchewan  

Western College of Veterinary Medicine: (wcvm.usask.ca

Ryan/Dubé Equine Performance Centre: (vmc.usask.ca/services/equine

Equine Specialties: dentistry, internal medicine, lameness, medical imaging, ophthalmology, reproduction, surgery and field services 

52 Campus Dr., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada SK S7N 5B4  

Phone: 306-966-7447  

MEXICO 

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México  

Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia: (www.fmvz.unam.mx

Department of Medicine, Surgery and Animal Husbandry for Equids

C.P. 04510 Coyoacan, Mexico, D.F.  

Phone: 52 (55) 5622 5855   

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