Veterinary Schools in California

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The top ranked veterinary medicine schools in California are highly competitive programs. In fact, applicants can expect to possess a bachelor’s degree in an associated field such as are competitive within the state of Alabama, requiring a high grade point average and a bachelor's degree in a related field such as physiology or molecular biology along with a very competitive GPA to be considered for admissions. Veterinary medicine programs will typically take 4-years to finish the rigorous science-based curriculum. Upon completion of the vet program, students will be conferred with a DVM or VMD (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree. California Veterinarian Medical Board will require graduates seeking to practice in the state successfully pass the North American Veterinary License Exam (NAVLE) examination and meet all other necessary requirements prescribed by the board. Find the best veterinary schools in California by searching our digital library or collecting admissions information from the accredited universities below.

Detailed List of Veterinary Schools in California (2 Schools)

Veterinary schools are accredited by the authorized state veterinary board . The schools listed below are arranged by size with the largest veterinary schools first, based on the number of graduating students per year.

Visit the website for University of California - Davis at

Program Details

  • About 130 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $28,000 per year (Nonresidents: $40,000)

Visit the website for Western University of Health Sciences at

Program Details

  • Veterinary program accredited since 2003
  • About 110 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $52,000 per year

Veterinarians in California can make anywhere in the range of $69,000 to $143,000 per year. The list below shows average salaries for veterinarians in cities across California.

  • San Diego, Carlsbad: $112,000
  • Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine: $138,000
  • Oakland, Hayward, Berkeley: $105,000
  • Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario: $93,000
  • Sacramento, Roseville, Arden, Arcade: $140,000

Veterinarian's in California Compared to Median Income Averages

+193% Above State Median Income

+223% Above National Median Income

Veterinarian's in California take home an average 57.61 per hour. Annual earnings for Veterinarian's working in the State of California average $119,830 which is 193% above the state median income and 223% above the national median income for all occupations. Employment for a Veterinarian makes up just 0.04% of the working population in California and is limited due to the specific qualifications required along with the schooling involved in this career path. The increasing demand for qualified Veterinarians coupled with the educational barrier to enter the field is met with a steady supply of eager college graduates anxious to make a long-lasting impact in the lives of others in and around California.

Average Income for a Veterinarian in California

Employment Median Hourly Wage Median Annual Wage
California Veterinarian 6,360 $57.61 $119,830
State Average 16,681,200 $19.67 $40,913.60
National Average 153,156,000 $17.82 $37,040
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
MEDIAN: $57.61
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both California in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective veterinarian school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.