Top Vet School, Again, Is UC Davis

Internationally, Cornell is ranked second best and Penn Vet is No. 4.

UC Davis has not only the best veterinary school in the United States but also the finest anywhere, according to QS World University Rankings.

The annual publication, produced by the British company Quacquarelli Symonds, gave the University of California, Davis, the top spot on the global list for the second year in the row. And if there are any doubters, the university pointed to U.S. News and World Report, which last year declared the School of Veterinary Medicine to be No. 1 in the United States.

The school’s people and programs deserve much of the credit for the international achievement, said Dean Michael Lairmore, DVM, Ph.D.

“This recognition is also a reflection of the dedication of our philanthropic partners who provide generous gifts that help fund novel research, improved facilities and student scholarships,” Dr. Lairmore said.

The QS rankings in the subject of veterinary science weighed each school’s academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. Only the top 50 schools—17 in the United States—were graded, thus leaving out 13 American institutions.

No. 2 on the list, available at, was Cornell University, which also held the second spot on U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 rankings.

With the University of Pennsylvania tied for No. 4, U.S. veterinary schools filled three lines on the world top-10 list. The University of London’s Royal Veterinary College was deemed third best and Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in Canada earned No. 8.

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