The American system of higher educational offers many types of veterinary programs that might benefit those interested in working with the health of animals at various levels. If you want to obtain a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and become a full-fledged veterinarian, there are several places where you can go to participate in the doctorate program. All these DVM programs require a four-year undergraduate degree with a heavy emphasis on math and science.

Cornell University

Cornell University is consistently ranked as the top veterinarian program in the country. This campus is located in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York and the school is part of the Ivy League. Besides the DVM program, it also is possible to earn a dual DVM-Ph.D. degree in veterinary medicine. Cornell also offers many master's programs that involve research in the related animal medicine fields of neuroscience, reproduction and genetics. These programs involve a mix of course work and practical experience. The school also runs an on-campus animal clinic. Another Ivy League school, the University of Pennsylvania, is also consistently ranked in the top five among vet schools.

University of California at Davis

The University of California at Davis is another school with a highly rated DVM program. Also offered are a Master's of Preventive Veterinary Medicine along with master's degrees in many related areas of study. The college also has a first-rate facility in the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Here, students get a chance to acquire first-hand knowledge at the learning clinic, which sees more than 30,000 animals each year.

Colorado State University

Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences receives more federal research money than any other veterinary program. Students in the DVM program can enroll in several dual programs, including those that grant a Master's in Business Administration, Master's in Public Health or an associated doctorate program. The Colorado State program is also known for its equine orthopedic research center and Animal Cancer Center. There is also an affiliated small animal hospital that treats more than 20,000 small animals a year.

North Carolina State University

Located in the state capital in Raleigh, N.C. State is a large public university with a highly rated veterinary program. Those studying for a doctorate of veterinary medicine may specialize in one of the following areas: Companion Animal Medicine, Food Supply Medicine, Biomedical Research, Ecosystem Health, Equine Medicine and Animal Welfare. Also of importance is Veterinary Teaching Hospital and several research centers related to the veterinarian fields.