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Best Veterinary Schools in New Mexico

Although New Mexico does not have as many colleges offering degrees in the medical fields as some other states, it does have some good options.

These two states, along with the other 48 states, offer some of the best veterinary schools in the country. These schools offer high-quality education, experienced faculty, and a chance to practice in different areas of the country.

For anyone considering a career in veterinary medicine, New Mexico is a great place to start. These schools provide the necessary training and resources to make excellent veterinarians.

While the state does not have any veterinary schools, it does have two schools that offer degrees in the medical field. These two schools offer the next best thing, associate's degrees in the medical field.

Because of the quality of these two schools, this list will only look at the two best veterinary schools in New Mexico. It will not include the two best medical schools in New Mexico.

Here are the best veterinary schools in New Mexico.

San Juan College

Although the University of New Mexico (UNM) is the sole public medical school in New Mexico, San Juan College offers a unique medical education experience. San Juan College is a branch of UNM and participates in its centralized admissions process, but it has its own campus, its own dean, and its own degree programs.

San Juan College offers two associate's degree programs and one bachelor's degree program. The associate's degree programs are in medical assisting and medical office management. The bachelor's degree program is in physician's assistant.

Like all programs at UNM, the physician assistant degree program at San Juan College is a part of the UNM Health Sciences Center. The program trains students to provide health care in a variety of settings, including inpatient hospitals, outpatient centers, and primary care offices.

Students in the program take core courses in the first two years, followed by a two-year clinical rotation in the second and third years. The clinical rotation is designed to give students hands-on experience working with a variety of different settings and patients.

San Juan College also offers a number of other courses to give students a well-rounded education. These include courses in anatomy, physiology, and pathology, as well as courses in multicultural diversity in the healthcare setting.

Central New Mexico Community College

Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is the only college in the state that offers a two-year associate degree in veterinary technology.

Students in CNM's program spend one year learning the basics in animal care and surgery in a classroom setting, followed by a year of clinical rotations in animal hospitals.

CNM partners with Sun Valley Animal Hospital in Albuquerque for its clinical rotations so students can gain hands-on experience working with veterinarians and animal owners.

The college also provides students with resources such as a $50,000 mobile veterinary technology lab and $10,000 animal hospital equipment kit so students can practice on state-of-the-art equipment.

Students also have opportunities to participate in community service projects, such as providing care to local animal shelters and pet stores.

CNM is an award-winning school, recognized as a top community college in the U.S. by The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Wall Street Journal. It has also been named a Top Workforce Development College by the Association of Community College Trustees for four years in a row.

Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell

Eastern New Mexico University's School of Veterinary Medicine is the first and only veterinary school in New Mexico. It was established in 1963 with the first class of students graduating in 1968.

Since its beginning, ENMU has strived to provide excellent, accessible education to New Mexicans. Its veterinary program follows this objective, with a 3.1% acceptance rate and an average undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

ENMU offers its students a unique opportunity in the form of its rural residency program. The rural residency program allows veterinary students to spend a year practicing in a rural area.

In addition to offering a hands-on approach to learning, the rural residency program also helps students gain a better understanding of the needs in that kind of environment. This understanding is a major part of the educational experience and helps students develop their professional abilities.

The program's director, Dr. Brad McElroy, describes the program as providing a “unique and wonderful experience that is unmatched by any other veterinary school in the country.”

Upon graduation, ENMU veterinary students receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. They also receive a certificate in Veterinary Medical Education, allowing them to become a certified associate veterinarian.

Pima Medical Institute - Albuquerque

Pima Medical Institute (Pima) is a small private health care school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is the only school in the state to offer a bachelor's of science in medical technology. However, Pima's main focus is its associate of applied science, associate of science, and diploma programs in health care and medical professions.

Pima was founded in 1963 with a mission to provide affordable, high-quality education to underrepresented populations in the state. It has a very low in-state tuition of $14,500 compared to an out-of-state tuition of $20,000. The school is also one of the few in the U.S. to accept federal financial aid in addition to private loans.

Pima has several programs that prepare students for a variety of health care careers. The associate of science in medical assisting, for example, provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to work in a medical office. Students learn about the anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and office procedures and computer applications commonly used in the healthcare industry.

The associate of applied science in respiratory care gives students the opportunity to become certified respiratory technicians. Pima partners with Presbyterian Healthcare Services to offer students a chance to gain hands-on experience in a hospital setting. Students learn about anatomy and physiology, patient assessment and treatment, and the use of medical equipment.

Navajo Technical University

The University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University are well-known throughout the state and the nation. But the Navajo Technical University, another state school, deserves equal attention.

Dedicated to improving the lives of the Navajo people, DTU began in 1962 as the Navajo Community College. Today, it has five campuses across the state and more than 3,000 students.

As part of its mission, DTU offers several veterinary science programs, including an associate of science degree in veterinary technology and a two-year associate of science degree in veterinary technology.

Students in both programs gain hands-on experience caring for animals as they work with veterinarians, caring for and treating animals in their clinics and hospitals.

DTU's veterinary programs, like the school itself, prioritize serving the Navajo people. So, in addition to regular coursework, DTU students in the veterinary technology programs complete rotations at local animal hospitals and clinics.

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