Application to veterinary school involves undergraduate college course work usually requiring 3-4 years to complete. The application process also involves the applicant showing an interest in veterinary medicine through gaining experience with a veterinarian or work in similar fields. Once the applicant is accepted to veterinary school, he or she must complete 4 years of course work. The course work includes classroom and clinical study in large and small animals. After the course work is completed, a national test must be passed and then the student becomes a doctor of Veterinary Medicine and can practice veterinary medicine. A veterinarian can be identified by the letters “DVM” or “VMD” after their name. Some veterinarians may pursue further education, such as an internship and residency, which may lead them to becoming a veterinary board certified specialist.

Veterinary Colleges

Several colleges in NJ offer programs to meet the prerequisites for veterinary programs. Upon completion of prerequisites, an individual will have to travel out of state to pursue the doctor of veterinary medicine degree. Information about schools with veterinary programs can be found by visiting

VIN Foundation

The interactive VIN Foundation Cost of Education map compares the tuition and total cost of attendance (tuition plus estimates of living expenses) among U.S. and Caribbean veterinary schools derived from data on school websites supplemented by input from the students attending the schools. Regional veterinary salary ranges are as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Details provided for each U.S. and Caribbean veterinary school include: in-state tuition, out-of-state tuition, cost-of-living, NAVLE pass rate, and changes in tuition over the past decade.

The Student Loan Repayment Simulator is a tool that can be used to illustrate the potential impacts of life choices based upon your veterinary school loans. Please note that this tool is simply a simulator and not a financial advisor or calculator.

The I Want to Be a Veterinarian app discusses: what veterinarians do, is veterinary medicine the right choice, how long you have to go to school, and much more.

Veterinary Technology Programs

For those interested in pursing a career as a veterinary technician, please visit the New Jersey Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (NJVTA) website or e-mail for more information on requirements. The Northern New Jersey Consortium for Veterinary Technician Education is a regional academic program sponsored jointly by Bergen Community College (BCC). Successful students are granted an Associate in Applied Science degree. Please contact Bergen Community College at (201) 612-5329.