Top Veterinary Schools in Louisiana

Although Louisiana may not be the first place that you think of when you imagine going to veterinary school, the Pelican State is actually home to some of the best programs in the country.

The state’s two best veterinary schools are part of the Louisiana Technical College System. This statewide network of community colleges offers associate degrees that can be applied to bachelor’s degrees at any other school in the state.

Students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in veterinary science can continue their studies at one of the state’s four research universities.

The Veterinary Medicine Programs at Northwestern State University and Delgado Community College are two of only a few nationally that are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

This means that their faculty, facilities, and curriculum meet or exceed the standards set by the AVMA. The AVMA also approves the national certification exam for veterinary technicians.

By working with both community colleges and research universities, Louisiana is ensuring that future veterinarians have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and the skills they need to succeed in the field.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Did you know that Louisiana is home to over 70% of the nation's wetlands? Sadly, these vital ecosystems are disappearing at a rapid pace. In an effort to reverse this alarming trend, the faculty of Northwestern State University has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to establish the Center for Wetlands Studies.

DSW students have the opportunity to work with the Center for Wetlands Studies to address real-world problems. In addition to gaining practical experience, students develop critical research and professional development skills. The Center houses the Center for Economic Development and Innovation, which provides business assistance and entrepreneurship training to small businesses in Louisiana.

Students participate in research projects that address issues important to the state, such as the effects of oil and gas extraction on wildlife, wetland, and water quality. Working with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, DSW faculty integrate student research into their classes to increase student-faculty and student-student collaboration.

Northwestern State is also making a difference in the world through their Center for International Programs. The Center provides support to students studying abroad, faculty who develop international education programs, and students who want to learn another language. The Center also works with area schools to increase the number of students studying abroad.

Delgado Community College

Delgado Community College is part of the nationwide Delgado Community College District. The district comprises five campuses and eight other educational centers.

The school offers a variety of associate's degree and certificate programs, many of which are geared toward meeting the needs of the local community.

DCC's veterinary technician associate degree program is one of only a handful nationwide that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

This accreditation means that the program meets or exceeds the standards set by the American Association of Veterinary Technician Educators (AAVTE).

Students in the AAVTE-approved program earn an associate degree in veterinary technology. Upon graduating, they are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam and become certified through the National Board of Veterinary Examiners.

Delgado also has an agreement with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's College of Engineering and Technology that allows its veterinary technology graduates to take the engineering college's computer science exam.

This arrangement allows students to broaden their admission possibilities under the Early Admission Program at the engineering college.

Baton Rouge Community College

At Baton Rouge Community College, students can earn a two-year associate degree that can be applied toward a bachelor's degree at any other school in the state. Or, they can take specific, focused technical or vocational training that can lead to a job immediately after graduation.

The veterinary technician associate degree program at Baton Rouge Community College is one of only two in Louisiana that is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. That recognition means that the program has met the AVMA's standards and that its graduates are eligible for the national certification exam.

Baton Rouge Community College's associate degree in veterinary technology requires 60 credit hours, including core courses in math, science, and communication, as well as a rotating internship in veterinary medicine.

The college also offers a veterinary technician diploma program that takes just 11 months to complete. It also includes a veterinary internship, along with courses in animal biology, immunology, and pathology.

Like all of Baton Rouge Community College's programs, the veterinary technician offerings are not just for residents of Baton Rouge. Anyone who lives in the state is welcome to enroll, regardless of their age or their previous educational experience.

Northshore Technical Community College

Veterinary technology is a growing field that not only requires knowledge of animal biology, but also technical skills such as blood sampling, x-ray imaging, and lab work. Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) in Slidell, Louisiana, offers students the latter two skills through its Animal Technology program.

NTCC's Animal Technology program follows a two-year associate degree pathway, with the option to continue on to a four-year program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Students gain knowledge in animal biology, animal care and management, and veterinary technology. They also take courses in equine and food animal medicine, as well as a practicum in animal health technology. In the latter course, students gain experience taking blood samples, performing immunizations, and other clinical tasks.

NTCC graduates have gone on to work in animal hospitals, animal shelters, equine clinics, and food animal production facilities.

University of Holy Cross

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences at the University of the Holy Cross offers both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in veterinary medicine.

The program is dedicated to preparing well-rounded veterinarians who are skilled in both clinical care and research.

Students gain hands-on experience in the lab and in the clinic as they work alongside faculty members and fellow students.

The University of the Holy Cross puts a strong emphasis on research as it seeks to advance the field of veterinary medicine.

The program has a unique partnership with the St. Francis Animal Hospital, which allows students to practice their veterinary medicine skills while providing quality care at an affordable cost.

Students gain a deep understanding of animal health and well-being as they study the biology, immunology, and disease processes of animals.

They also learn how to manage animal health and welfare through their study of animal production and care, including animal handling and health, animal surgery, and veterinary medical procedures.



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