According to U.S. News & World Report, the top three veterinary medicine programs in America are at the University of California-Davis, Cornell University and Colorado State University. These rankings are based on each school's reputation among its peers.
The veterinary medicine program at the University of California-Davis is the largest of its kind in the United States and includes 28 research and clinical programs. Among the school's most well-known contributions to the field is the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in which faculty, residents and students treat nearly 50,000 patients annually. The school also had a prominent role in the 2007 pet food recalls and is notable for its faculty's discovery of the feline immunodeficiency virus, or FIV. Additionally, the university researches chronic progressive lymphedema in horses and the H1N1 influenza virus and also operates state facilities where students care for wild animals affected by oil spills.
Cornell University became one of the first schools in the country to establish a veterinary medicine program in 1894 when it opened the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine. The school is well-known for programs such as Cornell University Hospital for Animals, the Baker Institute and the Feline Health Center, which specialize in canine, equine and feline research, respectively.
The Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is home to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, a full-service animal clinic that treats both large and small animals with an emergency and urgent care service operating at all hours of the day.